I started this whole thing just over ten years ago, while mending a broken heart. I would drink scotch and just write what was on my mind.
The funny thing is, other people took notice.
Soon after I started the site, I was flooded with readers asking for advice, giving words of encouragement, and offering up rants/music/perspectives, among other things.
While continuing on that path, I also came into contact with various vendors and started doing product reviews. It was a fantastic gig, but I was soon up to my eyeballs in product with not enough time to review in my spare time and not enough income to make it a full time thing, so I started declining requests and went back to basic posts.
I then met the woman who is now my wife.
What started off as a fantastic couple of dates, became an engagement, and a marriage, and now marriage with two kids (one “shared” and one of our own). Life got busy pretty fast.
Readers kept insisting I get back to product reviews, so I gave in and lined up a few more. Supplements are my thing, and tech is a fun passion of mine, so the last round of reviews I did were were enjoyable, but I stopped shortly after. A few vendors wanted video reviews, wanted me to do things I wasn’t comfortable with, and wanted SO much time spend editing and taking action shots or video that it became “un-fun”. Vendors started trying to make influencers out of reviewers and that’s always a biased mess.
By this time, I’d also started getting harassing emails from people that didn’t like my perspectives, didn’t like my advice, and didn’t like my reviews. I am relatively thick skinned, so it didn’t bother me personally and I didn’t respond to all of them. The persistence of those I DID respond to was not a great experience, however. Since 2009, the world has become a place where people begin to despise someone who doesn’t think like they do or see things the way they see them. Once I shared my conservative leaning views or my Christian beliefs, these “complainers” got vicious. I am a pretty loving guy, and I don’t care what your sexual preference is, what your religion is, or where you lean politically. I know where I stand on these things and that’s all that matters to me.
I’d get sick of fending them off and take a break every now and then and come back refreshed, only to be bombarded with negative emails by these dozen or so people.
I decided today that I’m leaving. Rather than fend off these “haters” as we once named them, I’ve decided there is way too much beauty in this world to let someone piss on my cornflakes. I’m taking my adventures and my family and heading out into this world. I’ll still leave this site up for a bit, but it’ll be a standing home with no one inside. I may even decide to move this site in addition to my real home…who knows. It’ll be fun either way.
The world isn’t black and white, there is no great conspiracy to keep people down, the only hate in this world is the hate you “think you feel”, and understand this – people don’t have to pick a side over every little thing. Just relax and be content in your views, but acknowledge that others may have other views (both good and bad) that don’t jive with yours. In the end, none of this really amounts to anything. In the end, it’s between you and God. Work hard, love, push your limits, and pray. Life is beautiful and you have been wonderful.
Thanks for the adventures everyone.