So what happens now? Who is working Tuesdays? Am I hiring? Making Ape work double shifts? Well, it's complicated.
I have decided to shut down The Money Shot. Whoa. That is an emotional sentence for me to type. The final post here will be posted one week from today on 2/4. You probably want to know why and that is a perfectly cromulent question to ask. As I mentioned in the title, it was sort of a perfect storm of circumstances leading to this decision.
*Much like Iceman, internally I said that I would only keep doing this if it wasn't a drag. For awhile now, it has been a drag. I HATE Sundays knowing that I have to write something for Monday morning.
*You don't know this but on Monday, we reached ONE MILLION page views. Now, that isn't any sort of accomplishment considering that we've been open for nine years but that number was also a landmark that, once reached, would lead toward me looking at the finish line.
*Life is different for me now. I have more important priorities as do most of us. It's not that the writing itself is time consuming, but the preparation for posts is exhausting. It feels like half of my day revolves on what I can write about and how the post needs to flow and it takes its toll.
*While Iceman vacating his day wasn't the deciding factor, I said that I would never go back to writing four days a week. I also have a strange feeling that Mr. Ace wasn't going to be far behind in leaving.
*I'm empty on life stories.
*After receiving his notice, I just sat in my office and thought to myself "it's not that I can't keep doing this, it's that I don't want to do this anymore". And once you start thinking like that, it's time to walk away.
*It feels like the right time.
I told She$ about this decision while I was watching Brock Lesnar be all sorts of awesome on Raw (like usual) and her reply was "I'd rather you quit watching pro wrestling than quit your blog". NEVER! Don't tell me my business, devil woman! I thought that she would be more pumped about this. She can go to Hell.
Anyway, I've decided on one more week before we close the doors. I'm not going to do an elaborate retirement tour or anything but I feel like we do need a little more time for closure. HOWEVAH, don't assume that I am leaving you high and dry and sticking you with all work, all the time. I do have an exit strategy that I think can help everyone who enjoys the daily banter here and wants it to continue. I am currently looking into free message boards throughout the interwebs that can keep the ELITE trash talk and #IdeLies going while allowing everyone to provide content (not just the three of us). Some positives for this are:
-24/7 commenting...anything typed after 4 here probably doesn't get read but that isn't an issue on a board--you no longer have to wait until Tuesday morning to talk about Ohio Buckeyes!
-NO FIREWALL ISSUES, DUT...I plan on keeping it simple so your employer should not have a problem
-Better security...a new site means no footprints left behind that Google could pick up on (AKA your name)
-AN IPHONE APP...the current leader in the clubhouse for our board has an app that you can download for easier commenting while taking a shit!
The only negative though is that isn't the same as we have had for almost a decade now. I'm not the biggest fan of change so this will take some getting used to but I think it is the best way to stick together. Twitter (@GMoneyELITE) was an option but it's hard to develop molten hot takes in 140 characters and waking up to find that you have 40 mentions isn't a lot of fun. I compare our situation to graduating high school. Sure, we could all go our separate ways and move on but I would like you all to move in to this bitching new house that I plan on taking over so the party can continue. I mean, seriously, do you really want to work that hard? I will have details on this new endeavor next Wednesday as I plan on spending a good chunk of the next week working on the next chapter of our internet lives.
So there you go guys. It is officially the beginning of the end. Tomorrow will be Ape's last trip through the jungle, Friday and Monday will be reserved for the Super Bowl (as was planned), Tuesday Mr. Ace has invited me into his den of savage dogs for a GayMA (sorry, Lacey, you were fired from being NEXT MAN UP), and in 7 days we board up the windows and write ABANDONED on this little corner of the internet. I GUARANSHEED that I start crying when I write that final post because I AM A REAL MAN.
I will say it again next week but thank you all for what you have done here over the years whether you are a frequent commenter, infrequent poster, or just an avid lurker. This was not an easy decision but I feel like it is the right decision. As I said above, this is by no means "goodbye", more like a "smell ya later". I hate you and love you all but definitely more toward the hate so DEAL WITH IT, BRAH!