Handing Over My "Friday Shoot Out" Crown
I'm gonna miss you so;
Bye Bye Birdie,
Why'd you have to go?
Many of you know the story of how this shoot out began. For you newbies, I started my blog to show off the beauty of my town. Crisfield is indeed a tranquil, beautiful place full of wonderful people. Last February, I met Reggie Girl in Georgia through Blogger. We kidded each other about whose town was the best (I was born and raised in Georgia) and we started the "My Town" shoot out between ourselves. We had no intentions of inviting anyone to join us when we started the shoot outs. But people wanted in, and we thought it would be fun. But it grew too fast.
The newspaper has been keeping me very busy, and trying to keep up with some 70 shoot out members as well as 100 followers, and answering emails from people about our town...well, this has become a job. It is has also limited my time to showcase Crisfield.
When we had a smaller number of members it was easy to stay in touch, laugh, and give each other quality time. I could spend 10 - 20 minutes going over photos and reading the commentary on each blog, maybe more. Sometimes, I went back again to view photos and make more comments. With so many people now, it is hit and miss, and I feel guilty about not having enough time to spend with each member.
I know how much time and effort it takes to get those photos to the Blogosphere. So many of you do a lot of work with both photos and commentary - you know who you are. When running around trying to catch up, I do a lot of hits and misses, and feel bad about not having time to spend with old friends and those who put extraordinary effort into their posts.
Everyone, no matter how large or how small your posts are, have made this a wonderful adventure. But imagine 70 people at your house for a party? You just can't give everyone quality time.
So, I am saying goodbye to the town shoot out for awhile and in fairness, asking that my name be removed from the shoot out list. If I see a subject that I have time to shoot I will still join in but please do not add my name to the list when I do, as I may not be back for weeks.
Since February, I have not missed one assignment. Being a dedicated person to anything that I do, this was a hard but necessary decision for me to make.
When Reggie Girl left due to burnout Gordon took over. We now have GingerV and ChefE on the team. I am passing my crown on to them to share jointly. Thank you, all. You have done a stupendous job!
I will still be visiting and posting when I have time. And when time allows, I will have my name put back on the list, so save a place for me.
To the new administrators of the shoot out: please feel free to take the shoot out in any direction you desire. Also feel free to change the banner, add, delete, make new rules - whatever.
I am not going away - you will still see me, and I hope I will see you.
Bowing Out With Grace, I hope,
Carry on Gordon, GingerV, and ChefE!