After 4.5 years of Fishing Out Loud, I have decided to bring the blog to an end. I have had a great time with the blog itself and I hope you have as well.
As I read back over my posts from the last 4+ years I can see how much I have grown as a fisherman. It is comical to look back at my early posts and see how much I used to think I knew about fishing. Five years from now, I will probably look back on my 2014 posts and say the same thing.
As much as I would love to keep the blog going, it has become a hassle in more ways than one. I will be going back to school for my MBA at RPI in August and I just won't have the time to devote to it.
Based on a lot of the comments that I get, I believe people assume that I get paid to write this blog. I don't. I just did it for fun and to share some of my fishing insights and experiences with you.
Quite honestly, I am a very simple person. I like to go to work, spend time with my family, and fish whenever I get the opportunity. I will also admit that I am extremely sensitive. I know I can't please everyone but when people criticize my posts, it generally bothers me and I really don't want to deal with it any more.
I hope over the last four years or so that any of my regular readers were able to pick up a small tip or two that helped them. At the very least, I hope it provided some light entertainment value. I know it was a great experience for me and gave me a venue to vent my frustrations as well as share in my joys of fishing. Five years ago, I never would have guessed that I would have Elite Series anglers contacting me for advice because they read my blog.
I will leave the blog up for a month or so if anyone wants to dig through my old information they can. Then, I will delete it for good. Anyone who wishes to remain in touch can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me through Facebook.