I just wanted to write. That is all that I ever wanted when I set up shop at the old digs. I had something to say, and I was going to say it. That there might be an audience, that anyone would ever care about what I had to say was beyond me. Since moving to SB Nation two years ago Down The Drive has had more than 400,000 pageviews, which is roughly 400,000 more page views than I ever expected to find my dark little corner of the internet.
But all good things come to an end, and so I write this final post before I step away from Down The Drive. In doing so I hope to confer gratitude to those I count as readers. The lot of you have made this experience a fond one for me. I am not a person who is possessed of a great deal of self discipline. So for me the process of getting up and writing day after day, week after week, year after year has been one of the best things I have done. That some have endured the good posts and the bad, and continued to come back for more means alot to me.
But the reason I am stepping away is a simple one. For most of the blogs history I have been unemployed, (insert stereotypical blogger joke here) which obviously freeed up a great deal of time. For the last year however I have been working, what amounts to full time, not in pay or benefits, but actual time. As such it has become increasingly difficult to continue to run the site at the (relatively) high level of months and years past.
So I have made the decision not to continue to run the blog in a diminished capacity. Frankly, you deserve better than that. So this is it I suppose. I will still be around on twitter, though the handle will obviously be changing at some point. Chances are that, at some point, I will feel the urge to write again. I may have this platform to satisfy that urge, or it may be in a different, and yet unknown space. But in the mean time I am going to live awhile without the albatross of obligation around my neck. I would just like to thank all those who have found my little corner of the internet these past two years, and making this such a great experience for me.
Regards, Matt Opper