Since I started this project in January 2008, I've thought about shutting it down exactly three times. Alas, the fourth time is the curse, as professional and personal responsibilities are just too great--and will become even greater in the fall--to allow me to devote the time I need to maintain this Web site like I would want to.
Overcoming the feeling of relief for finally untethering myself from my computer, though, is a sense of sadness for giving up what has become an enjoyable hobby and a feeling of gratitude toward you, dear reader, for making this endeavor last as long as it did.
Your visits convinced me this blog was worthwhile, your comments generally enriched my thinking on numerous subjects, and the flesh-and-bone friendships I've developed as a result of this virtual portal ensure this site will have served a purpose long after it's gone black.
So with this post, I say goodbye to the blogosphere and thank you for your readership over the last 18 months.
Stay in touch,
P.S. Here some numbers related to the site, courtesy of Google Analytics:
Number of visits
Number of absolute unique visitors
Most absolute unique visitors in one day
Average number of unique visitors per day during June 2009
Number of countries registering on my visitor list
Number of visits from readers within the United States
Number of visits from readers within Albania
Percentage of visitors who visited this site only once.
Percentage of visitors who visited this site more than 100 times
The value of this Web site, according to websiteoutlook.com