Friday, August 4, 2017

I Bid You All A Very Fond Farewell

My dear, dear friends and readers:

It has been 2 years, 1 month, and 13 days since I first launched Lover of Lembas.

I can actually remember the day pretty clearly--I had just finished my school year three days prior and was looking forward to a long summer.

I was thinking about Lord of the Rings as I normally did at that time and my family was lounging around the house enjoying a nice Sunday evening.

I knew they weren't in the mood to chat about my most recent obsession, so I tried not to bother them.

I logged onto my school Google account where I remembered seeing the Blogger feature and had run two very small book blogs for a couple months.

Maybe someone on the internet would be interested in talking about Lord of the Rings?

2 years, 1 month, and 13 days later, I have met quite a few people willing to talk about the Lord of the Rings; people who knew a lot more than I did, people who thought about things in a different way and shared their opinions and interpretations with me.

After 335 posts exclusively about The Lord of the Rings, I wrote my first post--The Infinity Dreams Award--not particularly about that subject.

Slowly but surely I began to write about all kinds of things I love: my Les Miserables phase, my Phantom of the Opera phase, tons of book reviews, my favorite movies and general life experiences.

Lover of Lembas had become a personal blog that was a place for me to share my life and communicate with people who I otherwise never would have met.

Soon I had enough viewership to host a giveaway and was able to send a reader a Lord of the Rings coloring book.

The blog went through so many phases and different changes in design and concept.  It was always changing and molding, though having such a constant way of writing for the past 2 years, 1 month, and 13 days has been something that hasn't changed in awhile.

These next couple months are going to be so weird, then.

You see, Lover of Lembas has had it's run.  It's accomplished it's goal.  It went from a half-baked scheme and random idea on a Sunday afternoon, but it never died.  This is one of the longest-lasting projects I have ever pursued and, hey, I'm not gonna hide it: I'm really proud of what I've done.

That makes it really hard to say what I'm going to say next.

I will be removing Lover of Lembas on September 2nd.

You can't imagine what a strange change this is going to be for me.

I will deeply miss posting every day, talking to all you wonderful readers, reading all your beautiful blogs and thinking of ways to improve my own blog.

I'm close to tears!

The reality is that Lover of Lembas has had it's run and going forward, I need to begin to eliminate as many concerns in my life and that includes worrying about a daily blog post.

I know for sure that I will never forget Lover of Lembas and it will always have a special and fond place in my memory.

I really don't know how I can do justice to the end of this era in my life, really.  I can't think of any words that adequately convey the deep gratitude and extreme happiness I take in the memories around this blog.

Lover of Lembas will end in the same way it began: in dedication to J.R.R. Tolkien and all he has done and how he has effected my life.  I chose September 2nd as the date to permanently log Lover of Lembas off the web in memory of Tolkien.  It's a small gesture, but it's symbolic for me.

I can't go without saying goodbye, so I encourage you all to leave a comment and let me say my final goodbyes to each of you personally!

I truly don't know what to say.  I will miss this place immensely and my new friends most of all.

I suppose I'll let Tolkien finish things for me, since he seems to have a way with words ;)

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

10 comments:

  1. Wow. What to say.

    Thank you so much for the inspiration you have been to me. I haven't been on here for that long, relatively speaking, but you have been one of the instrumental people who invited me into the blogging world with open arms and showed me that there are people in this big world who are excited about stories (excited is an understatement :D) and are willing not only to write, but also to listen. Especially among the Catholic community I have felt very alone, being one of the few for whom stories are not only an emotional outlet but also a way for God to draw us closer to himself by tugging at that longing in our hearts for truth and beauty, the longing that's meant to draw us closer to him. You, and others like you, have helped me to understand this. Thank you.

    Namárië, my friend. You will be in my prayers and may God bless your endeavors as you move on.

    *great big hobbit hug*

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    1. Aww Art3mis, that is so amazing of you. Thank you so SO much not only for your kind words here but also for being such a consistent cheery presence around the blog--having you around has really made blogging such a joy! I am sad to leave blogging, but it truly is comforting to know that there are people like you still hard at work doing it: presenting messages the world needs to hear and sharing their love of stories and God. I know you'll go great places!

      God bless!

      *returns hobbit hug and smiles*

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  2. This is so sad. :(

    I totally see where you're coming from though and I agree everything you've written here is worth being proud of.

    So I hope that whatever you move on to from here is full of blessing and I'm grateful for the chance to meet you. Thanks for being my loyal Les Mis blog follower and for the deep comment-conversations we've gotten into. :)

    *another hobbit hug*

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    1. Thanks for understanding, Meredith!

      I will treasure those conversations forever :D

      *hugs and smiles all around*

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  3. I'll miss you so much, Nimrodel! You've been such a good friend to all of us and have been an amazing person to meet! You have truly given so much to our little blogging community and contributed so much to my life. I'll always treasure the coloring book I received from you :)

    People are meant to come and go in our lives and I am so thankful that you came into mine. I'm so sad to have a good friend fade from my life but the memory of you will never fade away. I hope to meet you in Middle-earth someday, even if it's only for a brief moment. May your life be filled with good memories and many blessings! I wish all the luck in the world <3

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    1. Thank you Fawnabelle! You've been one of my best friends here and I still remember the first day when you commented on one of my posts and I was so excited that someone was reading what I was writing! You've been an awesome person to get to know, and I'll never forget you as my first blogging friend <3

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  4. Thank you much for your thoughtful content and I'm wishing you all the best :)

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  5. How tragic! But I understand your reason. You are leaving the blog up so people can enjoy your previous posts, no? You have been very dedicated to this blog (quite impressive, actually) and it has been delightful. It's a dangerous business going out your front door, and I do hope you find the best of paths to walk on.

    ~ Author/Goldenrod

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    1. Thanks for understanding! Actually, part of the reason I decided to stop blogging is because I want to decrease my digital presence a bit and sort of try and stay off the web and keep my info off the web. For that reason I am actually taking down the site permanently, but I am leaving it up until the 2nd of September so if there is anything you'd like to revisit you have that opportunity. Thanks for your support you've been an awesome friend! Good luck with your blogs as well :)

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