Sitting there, I started to think how this column came about. In the fall of 2003, web editor Brandon Brady wanted to start a web column call “Webitorial.” It would be an editorial column and he and I would be the principal writers.
To read the rest of “Wrapping Up a Column,” click here.
Everything I said in the column is true. It was a difficult essay to write and I felt sad that it was coming to an end. Having said that, doing this type of column for eight years is a hell of a run and I have no right to complain.
Some years ago, another long running column came to an end in CityBeat. When the end came, the writer closed it out, said goodbye—all that==and got no comments, feedback, nothing. A part of me was kind of afraid that might be the case with Living Out Loud.
That wasn’t the case. I want to thank all of you for sharing with me how much you have enjoyed the column over the years and for being upset that it’s ending. I mean, I’m sorry you’re upset, but it makes me feel good that many of you will miss it.
Let’s talk about the age thing. I’m a guy in my late 50’s and I never tried to hide that from my readers. The subject of my age never came up in discussions to end the column, but I know the way it is. I’m not cool and not young and I’m sure you will find something like that in my old space next week. As I said in the column, I’m not bitter about it, it’s just the way it is.
And CityBeat has not told me to go take a hike. Last week, I kicked around a story idea with one of the co-publishers and I’m sure I’ve got a few more essays left in me that will show up in CityBeat somewhere. I’m still a contributing writer, it’s just that the column has come to an end.
Some of you have suggested that I take Living Out Loud to another publication. Unless I’m offered a hell of a lot of money (hey, I’m not stupid), that won’t be happening. Living Out Loud started in CityBeat and that’s probably where it should end.
So that’s it. Again, thanks for all your nice words and support, very much appreciated. Keep in mind if you want to keep reading me regularly, you can always come here. Our little “online” blog starts it’s fourth year next month. Who would have thought that?
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