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The Bean is Dead. Long Live the Bean.

So, today I posted this on my old humor blog, The Bean.

As of sometime in August, my web guy is killing his hosting service – and I’m letting The Bean die with it.

While there are many things I will miss about The Bean, here is a list of things I absolutely won’t miss at all:

  • Fucking trolls
  • The barrage of spam comments like this: “Hi there, You must have done a wonderful job flange. I will absolutely digg them along with my perspective advocate to be able to my pals. More than likely they shall be took advantage of this page.
  • And this: “Normally I wouldn’t read post for websites, on the other hand would like to state that the following write-up incredibly forced us for you to do so! Your current producing flavour is surprised my family.. 925 Many thanks, extremely good document.
  • And this: “??????, ???????? ?????????? ??????? ??????. ????????? ????? ??? ????, ??? ?????????? ????? ? ????????? ??? ?????? ??????. ?????????? ???? ?????? ?? ????? ????????? ? ????????, ? ? ??????? ?? ?? ?????. ??? ?????? ??????????? ?? ????????????. ??????? ???????????!
  • Monthly autopayments of $9.70 to get spam comments and nothing else
  • Constantly feeling shitty about never posting there anymore

I could go on and on about The Bean; it’s played a major part in my life, and I poured a ton of my soul into it. I worked hard at it, took it seriously, then not so much. It got me noticed, professionally, as a writer, and was directly responsible for the first few jobs I ever had as a freelancer. In many ways, it is responsible for the career I have now, and I am so lucky to have had it.

But it’s time to let it go.

I’ve kept it up and running for way longer than was right. I’ve made a few half-assed attempts to pick it back up over the years, but my heart was never truly in it, and it showed. Other than a few sappy posts on birthdays and anniversaries, it’s been languishing out there for years, neglected and sad and lonely.

I owe it more than that.

So as soon as my web guy kills his server (sometime in August, I’m told), The Bean will die, too.

I’ll forever be grateful for the connections, the friendships, the confidence, and the sheer joy that it gave me. It’s not a small thing, to make people laugh with your words. It’s not a small thing to make people feel anything with your writing. It’s really something quite special.

Of course, I still have all the old stuff and I’m trying to work out what I want to do with it. It won’t all stay dead forever. I’ll probably start by re-posting a few of my favorite pieces here over the next few weeks…I might even create a separate section for that stuff, I don’t know. If you have any suggestions, or want to see any particular posts be saved, let me know.

In the meantime, though, it’s been super fun, y’all. I’m sad say goodbye to The Bean, but I know it’s going to a better place. And I’m excited to see what happens next – I have LOTS of crazy ideas, and you just never know with me. I’m a loose cannon!

I hope you’ll stay tuned. You can always still find me here, and here, and here – or just shoot me an email to say hi or whatever. I promise I’ll say hi back!

‘Til then… Shine on, peeps. XOXO

Love,

Beej

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