Tomorrow I begin putting up the shutters and turning off the lights at my website.
Begun in 2008, You-Can-Teach-Writing.com had a good run, with enough visitor traffic to put it in the top 5% most used sites on the web by 2012. That’s not too shabby for a one-person operation whose competitors are sites like the Purdue OWL, NCTE, and EDSITEment.
The decision to close the site was a long and painful one, which, typically for me, ended with a laugh as I was reading a vintage novel.
At one point in the Louis Auchincloss 1964 novel The Rector of Justin, a famous secondary educator, quoting Tennyson’s “Ulysses,” asks a longtime friend and colleague if there isn’t still some “some work of noble note” for him to do.
His friend replies that the work of noble note is “to quit while you’re ahead.”
I’m not ahead, but I’m quitting anyway.
‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
This blog, which has been a subdomain of the website, will be untethered and — fingers crossed — should continue to be available. It will, however, have a new URL, which will mess up the RSS and email content delivery until I can get things sorted out. I apologize for the inconvenience. Life happens.
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.