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All Good Things Come to an End

All Good Things Come to an End

I passed my 20 year blogging anniversary in February. 20 years of The Wine Dark Sea. It’s with a heavy heart that I realize that this chapter of my life has come to an end and that it’s time to close the book and let it go.

Dom and I have both lagged on blogging in the past few years and our websites are old. (His is 25 years old.) And they are expensive to maintain. We’ve taken a hard look at our budget and it doesn’t make sense to keep paying $500 a year to keep them up. It’s a lot to try to keep online and it doesn’t make sense with where our family is right now.

I’m thinking of starting a substack, as I’ve mentioned before. But I’m not quite to the point of committing to it yet. I’ve got so much on my plate now. Isabella just turned 18. And we have three other teenagers and one preteen. And homeschooling junior high and high school for kids who have been diagnosed with learning and developmental disabilities and who have clinical anxiety… it is a lot. It’s taking a lot out of me to get through each day. Each week. There’s just not much left for the kind of writing I used to be able to do. The thoughts are still there, but I don’t have time and energy to make them into pretty blog posts.

My evenings are no longer my own most nights as my teens and preteen need me in a different and sometimes more intense way than when they were babies and toddlers and preschoolers and elementary kids. Some of them are night owls and want to chat with me in the hours which used to be dedicated to writing. And even when they’re all doing their own things, I’m just… tired I guess. Creeping up to my 50th birthday next month.

I started this blog before I was married. Before I had kids. Who’d have thought then that it would even be around 20 years later. I don’t want to say goodbye, but I think I have to anyway.

Soon we will stop paying for this site and these words too will disappear. I suppose you’ll be able to find things on the Internet Archive, but mostly they’ll just fade away into the aether.

Thanks to everyone who has read here. And especially to those of you who have commented so often and been a part of the conversation and community. I treasure your thoughts and your friendship and your prayers. I will miss seeing you here.

God bless you all.

Melanie

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  • Thank you for your beautiful blog that has been so enjoyable to come to over the years. I’ve appreciated your musings and especially the conversations about poetry and books.
    I’m the next step on in life stages and just to say this new stage after a houseful of teens and littles is a joy- time to think your own thoughts, the house quiet and orderly and the wonder of grandchildren. It happens sooner than you ever imagine. Blessings to you and your family, and all the best in regards the creative endeavours to come, Stephanie

  • Ah, I am sorry that you have to let this place go. I “met” you here and have enjoyed reading this blog almost since its beginning. How can it be that our toddlers are now officially adults? I do hope you find some other place to write – if not now, then in a few years when your time is more your own. I think the time may also have come for me to leave my current blog, which has been ignored for the past 2 and a half years, though as it is a free site it is more about wanting a new space for a new phase of life if I start writing again.

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