Almost 2 weeks ago, I resigned from my post as About.com's first Guide to Web Logs (http://weblogs.about.com/). That was a very tough decision for me to make, as I loved being an About Guide. I enjoy the work and its community. Unfortunately, pressing personal and professional commitments brought me to a point where I can no longer keep working on the site.
It has been a great 2 years and 8 months. I managed to build the site from scratch and grow it to one of the network's top sites. I had a lot of fantastic opportunities to meet great people in the blogging community and learned a lot along the way. I will definitely miss it all.
Upon my departure, it was great to receive a lot of great feedback from fellow Guides, About staff / management, and of course - readers, visitors and supporters. Some left comments on the blog, some sent me emails, some left messages on the internal forum.
To all who joined and supported me over the years, a great big thank you. My life has definitely been enriched because of you.
Some of the comments I received from readers, visitors and supporters include: (via blog comments that I wish to save, as existing content will be one day deleted...)
1. This is such sad news. I love this site! You can bet I will continue to follow you on your personal site as always. Best of luck to you Shai!
Comment by Reclusivegirl â€” October 12, 2006 @ 7:53 pm
2. *sniff* This is a little sad - like the place we first met being torn down! I suspect we will see you around, maybe even more now, 😉 but will definitely miss you here!
Comment by Christina â€” October 12, 2006 @ 10:19 pm
Thankyou for the information and inspiration! Over the last two years you have let me know what is going on in the vast reaches of the Blogverse.
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Comment by WritingFortheInet â€” October 14, 2006 @ 2:00 pm
4. Dear Sheila:
You were my first guide when I was learning all about the Blogging World.
All the best and thank you very much for everything.
Comment by Eric Rdz â€” October 14, 2006 @ 10:29 pm
5. sorry to see you leave
i am just getting into all the links on all the stuff that youâ€™ve featured and had some problems with some of it especially adsense but thats the stuff that makes the web interestin for some of us. i really enjoyed your articles and will miss them==GOOD LUCK in your new endeavors even though we will all miss ya!!
truly yours Paul
Comment by paul â€” October 19, 2006 @ 12:13 am
6. Iâ€™d hate to see you go. Youâ€™ve done a great job for weblogs.about.com. Best wishes!
Comment by Connie â€” October 19, 2006 @ 1:39 am
7. :â€™-( Have only been subscribing to the newsletter for the last month or two, but this has been a great way of trying to stay in touch with matters Blog-related, without having a great deal of time to do so.
Comment by rlcohen â€” October 19, 2006 @ 3:06 am
8. I still remember the first day you started at weblogs.about.com! Youâ€™ve done a fantastic job. Theyâ€™ll be hard put to find a replacement. Thank you for all your hard work and for being a leader in the blogosphere.
Comment by Hsien Lei â€” October 19, 2006 @ 6:09 am
9. It was through this site that I learned about the art of blogging: the concepts, the software, the ideas.
Thank you so much and best of luck in the future!
Comment by Halina â€” October 19, 2006 @ 9:58 am
10. Iâ€™m sad to hear that youâ€™re leaving About. Youâ€™ve helped me a lot in getting started. Iâ€™ll definitely visit your site. Thanks again for everything.
Comment by Maria â€” October 19, 2006 @ 7:04 pm