Life’s just too short to do things half-hearted and not give them your all. The best creative works, movies, music, and yes, blogs, are created by those who are fully committed. 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. [notice noticeType=”info” ]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.[/notice] 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. Do you have any roller coaster showdowns you’d like me to do (for rides I’ve ridden), any questions about building a site, or theme park travel advice? You’ve got about 120 days. Ask away! 42 Responses « Older Comments Stephen C. December 30, 2013 I completely understand where you are coming from. I also used to toy around with creating theme park related websites, but have had to let it slide for similar reasons caused by my career. Despite the evolution and improvement of the way the industry is working with the internet, I still think there is a huge demand for quality content as has always been found here. So much of the online representation of this interest is dominated by kids and immature people. I wish there were more level-headed writers and actual industry/engineering analysis. Reply Rudie January 8, 2014 Thanks for the site recommendations Joel. Some are pretty good, but none top the Coaster Critic. Reply Rosie January 15, 2014 Aww that’s too bad, but understandable. Your site is a blast and I wish you the best. *Salutes* Reply Andrew January 27, 2014 Please don’t end it on the 16th. I love this site, and the 16th is my birthday. It’ll be a kinda sad day if you do. I love this site. I’ve been using it during boring classes to help, and it’ll be weird without it. Please wait to end it. This is an awesome site. Thanks for reading this if you did Joel. You’re awesome! If you didn’t, you’re still awesome. Reply Joel February 1, 2014 Thanks for reading Andrew. I’m sorry that the last day falls on a bad day for you. Maybe you could just not read the last post until the 17th. Reply Andrew February 2, 2014 That’s not a bad idea. I think I’ll do that now. Thanks. It’s still sad for me that this awesome sites leaving. :,( Alex January 27, 2014 Been visiting this site for years. It’s too bad that you’re ending it but I understand. You’ve provided me with plenty of entertainment and information over the years so thank you for that! Good luck in the future! Reply Joel February 1, 2014 Thanks for reading all these years Alex. Hopefully, my next project will provide you some entertainment as well. 🙂 Reply Steve February 26, 2014 Joel, It sounds like you have made the right decision. I’m newer to this site (4-5 months) but I’ve really enjoyed reading your detailed and almost scholarly writeups about rides. You take pride in your work and it shows. Just curious, is this next phase in your life a child?? Steve Reply Joel February 27, 2014 Thanks for the kind words Steve. I’ve already got two gre at kids. The next phase of my ‘web life’ will focus on an entirely different industry. I’ll give more details in the coming weeks. Reply Joel April 16, 2014 There’s more to come. While today’s the 8th anniversary of the site, I won’t be retiring until the end of the month now. Stay tuned… Reply « Older Comments Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.