Ending a blog is like ending a relationship - it might happen suddenly, or maybe you've known it was over for awhile. Sometimes you just can't give it the time it deserves.
It only just occurred to me tonight that I haven't written a single post here since I started my new job in January. This isn't because I love writing any less, but I've suddenly found myself so very deep in my day job over the last 6 months that any spare moment I have is spent trying to squeeze in some quality time with my husband or friends. As a result, writing has been pushed to the back burner - a very cute afterthought after another 10+ hour workday.
Writing has always been a cathartic exercise for me. For the last 3.5 years, I've turned to write here when I was happy, when I was sad, and everything in between. I started Trails & Cocktails as a way to document my ultramarathon training in 2013 and it turned into so much more. I met new friends along the way - both in person and on the internet. I gained sponsorships, endorsed products I absolutely loved, and documented my successes and heartbreaks. My engagement and wedding are both captured in this blog. I ecstatically wrote about my first 50 mile finish here and dejectedly described my first DNF. Blogging here even led me to my first paid writing gig!
Yet over the last 6 months, I've felt quite disconnected from writing this blog. Part of it has to do with my work, but there's this other thing hanging over me - I don't really identify with my own "brand" anymore. Trails & Cocktails accurately described my journey of running and partying my way through my mid-twenties. I had fun and I loved every second of it. But as I approach 30 and think seriously about starting a family and continue building my career, I feel like I've aged out of this little blog I came to love so dearly since early 2013.
So I will say goodbye to Trails & Cocktails tonight, but will continue writing nonetheless. I plan to start a new blog, a simpler blog, that will involve more of the posts that I enjoy writing most - raw, emotional, and real stuff. I'll keep my archives here as well as a record of some of the best years of my life.
In the meantime - find me over at http://www.danigraham.com, and use the comment form there to stay in touch.