Last month, news had come out about a new roller coaster so I went to YouTube to find some animated ride footage. I came across a video that had a detailed analysis of the ride and all of the park’s upcoming plans. The creator did such a good job breaking down the ride and covering all of the park’s updates that there was really nothing for me to add.
I realized that I used to deliver this level of quality, but my interest had severely waned. If I wasn’t going to devote real quality time to the blog in order to make good on its mission: providing detailed roller coaster reviews and my take on theme park news stories, then I knew it was time to retire.
I’ve known for a while that I didn’t want to run The Coaster Critic’s Blog forever. I’ve been contemplating how I’d transition from the blog to another site full-time. Until recently, I thought I might do this “sometime in the future”, but given my lack of passion and also my interest in a new project, I feel that now’s the time. I’ve decided that it’s time to move on and I’ll be retiring from the site in April 2014.
Readers, Don’t Delete Your Bookmarks Yet
Announcing the end of the site four months in advance gives me the opportunity to finish well. While the passion’s gone, there’s nothing like a countdown to get you in gear. I’m hoping to spend the next few months reminiscing with you while writing about my all-time favorite moments and posts from the last 8 years. So, don’t delete your bookmarks yet. I’d like to leave it all out on the field as they say in football.
Theme Park Site Owners, Pick My Brain & Guest Post
Over the years I’ve had fun creating side projects like: ThemeParker, Theme Park Hype, Theme Park Syndicate, Theme Park Geekly, & Coaster Portal. Right now, I’m an open book. If you want to pick my brain, you can have my ideas and how-to’s for creating cool theme park websites that don’t yet exist. Or, if you just want feedback on your site, let’s talk.
As always, well, maybe even more than usual, guest posts are welcome. If you want to contribute to the site, contact me, bring your “A” game and you’ll get published. It’s a good opportunity to promote your site and your work. I want to focus on helping others before I close the site.
April 16, 2014 will mark the 8th year anniversary of the site. After April, I will no longer update it with new posts, but I’ll make sure that it’s still available for those who are researching opinions on roller coasters and theme parks.
It’s been a blast, but as with anything there comes a time when you’re ready for a new challenge. A new mountain to climb. The particular new mountain I’m facing is massive and I’m going to really need to give it my all. I’ll have more details in the coming months, but I will say that it’s outside of the theme park world.
Thanks to my readers and colleagues for joining me on this awesome adventure. Let’s have some fun over the next four months.