Seven years ago, while camping with a friend along west Odell Lake, I came up with the idea of starting a blog. With some fine-tuning that idea became My South Lane, a blog about life and the outdoors in south Lane County. My personal goal was to get out more and explore. I thought having a blog would motivate us to do that. It did!
Over the years I’ve shared a lot of adventures, history, and ideas on this blog. I’ve also met some very nice people and had some wonderful opportunities because of it. In all, looking at my stats, I’ve done 212 blog posts (this will be 213!). I’ve learned tons about the history of the Cottage Grove area, I’ve explored hiking paths, visited wineries, and brushed up on my local flora and fauna. It’s been great fun, and I’ve enjoyed sharing it all.
Today, while we still hike and canoe, still learn about birds and flowers, and still drink wine, my interest in spending the hours to do the research, writing, photo editing, and general blog/social media management have waned. There are still places I want to explore, and I have partially written blog posts waiting to be shared, but honestly my motivation to be online and on the computer is no longer there.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but coming to My South Lane has been an ad-free experience. You should have never experienced a Google ad on this site. I never linked to Amazon to get kick-backs from products, and I’ve never done pop-ups to get you to subscribe to a newsletter so I can sell ad-space. I understand why people do that, but that is not the experience I wanted to share with this site. However, being ad-free means I have footed the bill myself. And as I approach the 8th year of this blog, the annual bill is due and it isn’t cheap.
Despite the fact that I haven’t given this blog energy in many months, it still gets a good number of viewers, and frankly, I still use it as a resource myself, so I don’t want to pull the plug entirely. However, I do need to bring down the cost. So, over the next week or so, I will be attempting to move this blog over to wordpress.com, with the goal of maintaining the MySouthLane.com URL. This means that the next time you come to My South Lane you’ll probably see several obnoxious Google ads; the page-specific URLs will most likely change; and I am not sure what will happen with the subscriber list (for those of you who get emailed notices of new blog posts).
Maybe down the line, sometime, I’ll get the urge to blog again, and I can dust-off My South Lane, and bring it out of retirement.
For now, a humongous thank you to everyone who has joined me on this journey. Thanks for your comments, thanks for your encouragement, and thanks for your support and ideas. I’ve enjoyed this, I hope you did too.
10 thoughts on “My South Lane enters retirement”
Thank you too…I’ve enjoyed reading it!
Thanks Carole, I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
Thank you for what you have done to encourage people in our area to get out and enjoy our amazing corner of the world. Excellent work. We are headed out to raft the Willamette this afternoon.
Thanks Cory. Enjoy your rafting trip!
Happy and sad to read this! It’s been fun to learn about what you were doing. Thank you for sharing with us over the years!
Thanks Sarah for being there from the very beginning!
C’mon, if you explore, you’ll want to share. It’s cheap to drop a photo on Twitter.
Ha ha, Twitter is cheap, but it is one of the places I am avoiding right now. 🙂
I’m actually enjoying just exploring, and not thinking about what to share or what to say!
Oh, do I ever understand! Blogging is a LOT of work, and it’s expensive to maintain our site.
I remind myself that I started our blog to have a record of our memories of our travels, and that’s why we continue. With all of the travel we do, I would never remember otherwise. And an unexpected benefit of our blog has been the wonderful people we’ve met along the way.
You’ve done a beautiful job of sharing about your hometown and your explorations. Good luck with transferring your blog! I might come to you for advice in the future for how to do the same, LOL.
The blog posts do bring back memories, that’s for sure. And they’ve spurred us to explore more than we typically do. We’ll see how this conversion goes! I think I have a handle on it.