Wednesday, April 11, 2012

All Good Things Come to An End...


I always knew this day would eventually come, but it's hard to believe it's here. Five years ago, I opened this blog looking to share my opinions on what was popular in the entertainment world, as well as introduce people with things they wouldn't have otherwise came across. It's been an incredible journey, five years dedicated to the blog and collecting three and half million page views in the process is something to be proud of. And I am.

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. I started this blog when I was in my Senior year of High School with all the free time I could wish of. A lot has changed since then and I'm now more dedicated to my full time job, I'm dedicated to spending time with my friends and family, and that leaves less time for me to devote to the blog. I mentioned on Twitter yesterday: when a hobby starts to feel more like a chore, that's when I have to do something about it. As much as I loved keeping the blog updated, the past year I've become less involved and it's unfair to you for me to continue to run a blog if I'm not going to put 100% into it.

Over these five incredible years, I've achieved great things. I've gotten re-posted in other websites, referenced by other bloggers, acknowledged by PRs, record companies and artists. It's been one heck of a ride, and I couldn't be more thankful.

I want to endlessly thank every single person who has been a loyal and dedicated follower of this blog. It means the world to me that you took the time to stop by to see what was new. If you've been with me for the past five years, a special shout out to you! I apologize if this is unexpected, but I think judging by the decrease in post count, the majority of you could see it coming.

It's hard to say goodbye. I put hundreds of hours into this blog, and it sucks to see it end. Will I ever return? Most likely not. But I won't say never! I may come back one day, I don't know. You can keep in contact with me through Twitter! Any questions, ask me there. If I've got any announcements, this will be the place to find them. The blog may have come to an end, but my life continues.

GABE on TWITTER:
http://twitter.com/BestDamnBlog
Thank you!
As incredible as the sun shines, it always sets.

2007-2012

24 comments:

KDNA said...

Gabe,
Let me be one of the first to say, Aww shit. LOL!

Seriously, though...I understand. A blog with subject matter such as yours can be exhausting, especially when you feel u don't have the time to commit.

I've been a long time follower of your damn blog and it most certainly is one of the best damn blogs out there.

I'm happy to report that I am a follower on Twitter, so I can keep abreast of all the things that you're loving, and maybe someday, see that announcement that you're kicking up TBDB again.

I wish u all the best! Thank u for all the hard work u have put into this blog and thank u for introducing me to some of the best damn shit out there!

i've nothing but total respect and admiration (and a little crush action) for you.

Ask. Believe. Receive.

xo
Kevin

Zach said...

Gabe,

I am so saddened by this news! I completely understand, but visiting TBDB has been a daily routine for the past five years for me! It will be a tough habit to break, and will be a little sad to not see TBDB in my browser favorites. Thank you so much for all that you have done for us over the years. This truly is one of the best blogs out there. Best wishes to you in all that you do, and I too am a follower on Twitter, and look forward to staying in touch with you there.

Zach

Jenny said...

OH NOO This makes me so sad! :( I've had your blog on my bookmark tab on Google Chrome ever since my good friend showed it to me around two years ago. Well good luck with everything and hopefully you'll return one day! Guess I'll have to go hunting for my own music now...haha

Will said...

Gabe,

I wish you all the best in your life but i do have to admit i will miss coming to ur blog every day. its been a routine for me for five years and to see it end is tragic lol. But i know with the pressures of everyday life and friends and family sometimes you have to make choices. I am a faithful follower on twitter and hope to see more from you!

Good luck Gabe :)
xoxo Will

Gary said...

Gabe you done a fantastic job throughout the years. Time creeps up on us all when we just become busy with other things. But you have a lot to be proud about. Blogs are difficult to keep in this day and age with visitors wanting more and more quicker. Don't be sad because you achieved a lot over 5 years. More than most blogs and websites will ever.

Lav. said...

Hi Gabe,

I knew The best damn blog via a friend. He's gone and now you also decided this. I'm really sad when reading this entry. I visit TBDB every day and you are one of my main music update channels. I just don't want you to quit this.

Anyway, I should respect your decision. You have your private life which deserves your time better. I wish you all the best and thank you for what you have done for these years.

Best regards from a Vietnamese follower!

Anonymous said...

I've followed you for a long time. Thanks for everything you did. I enjoyed your blog and it will be missed. Have a good life

Anonymous said...

You were in my bookmark since 2008.
I was following you from France ^^

You made me discover a bunch of new bands.Wish you the best and thank you for what you did.

Take care.

J.ThnQ said...

:-( LOVE Your Site. Your Time, Effor & Hard Work Are Immensely Appreciated... ThnQ!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking the time to post things for people like me to see them!!! I have to admit that I am sad about you leaving the bog world. I have been on your blog since I was in high school. Now that I am in college I don't come on as much but still do. I understand your reasons and wish you the best with your job, family, and life in general.
Thanks again!!!!

Anonymous said...

WOW, The first place I come to for my daily dose of music and movie news is this site. Going to be heard to break that habit haha. Good Luck with your future and future project as well.

Anonymous said...

:( Gabe - I feel as bad as I did when I found out THE OC was getting cancelled after four seasons. Now it feels like The Best Damn Blog is getting cancelled after five seasons, lol. It's going to be hard breaking the habit of visiting daily. Whatever will I do with myself? :(

I wish you the very very best on everything you do, and I'm glad I can still follow you on Twitter!!

Best of luck,
Caylee

Anonymous said...

awww.. your blog will be missed!! thank you for all your efforts

Ed
Los Angeles

Anonymous said...

Awww nooo :( I loved your blog... you did really great! I hope you continue to make those Billboard videos... they are amazingly well done! :)

Best wishes with all your future endeavors and hope you return to the blogosphere eventually!

Anonymous said...

love what u did, TBDB was the only website i went every day and i do appreciate what u did
Wish u all the best.
And now i don't know where i can go to get the news and entertainment all in one website..haha

Justin said...

Dear Gabe,

Know what? I've been following your blog since my high school years. I've just graduated from University.

So I feel like I kinda grew up with you too & the blog.

It saddens me, but at least you're being honest to your fans here.

Totally respect your decision.

Much love,

xoxo

J

Philip/Atlanta,GA said...

I've enjoyed it for the past 3 years. Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Wishing you all the best in your future endevors. I will miss my daily trips to BDB. Thanks for all the great posts you've shared over the years.
Keven K
USA

Liam McLaughlin said...

Well, I will just start off by saying "WOW!"
I have been following since you first opened this site and have not stopping following till now. I hope that you move on to bigger and better things and I will follow you on Twitter and I hope you come back some day :) -Liam

Simon said...

It's so sad. I followed you for a year and a half. It's tough to see this blog ends but I think that the readers have to understand why you leave and respect it. I wish the best for your life and any project you'll start.

Take care Gabe.

Anonymous said...

we'll miss the best damn blog ever!!!! thank you so much for everything - all your time, effort, energy!

- someone who's followed for 5 years

Anonymous said...

thanks for all those years of fun and entertainment! wish you all the best.

can't you give this blog to someone else to continue?

groetjes uit Holland!

grey74 said...

I hate it when my favorite blogs end. I understand you can't put the time you used to into it. Don't know why so many people feel the need to just shut down completely. Why not just post something now and then when you get a chance. Your loyal viewers would understand. I just hate to think I will never be able to read your blog again. It truly was one of the best.

Alli said...

Can you refer us to anyone else for news?