As you might have discerned from the title, I am officially announcing the closing of not just Spiderman’s Web, but also Thinking Chair.
It’s crazy to think that just two years ago, my friend and I started this blogging website. A lot has gone by since then: a new President, an economic recession, Michael Jackson’s death, the Amazon Kindle, my Twitter account, the breaking of the Curse of Billy Penn, etc… Even our very own website went through it’s own changes in the beginning – who could forget our “Coming Soon” screen with the stage curtains that stayed up for 2-4 months? Or the original split screen site? Or Pedro’s Notebook using WordPress? Okay, so I’m the only one who remembers, but that’s not the point. The point is that since we’ve (me and Pete) started this site, a lot has changed. We were both young, somewhat ignorant (okay, that’ was just me), and had just scratched the top of what our lives would become. Life was good… and manageable!
Since then, life’s gotten a little bit harder, a little bit more stressful, and a little bit more annoying. Blogging had gone from being my pastime to something I remembered to do every 1-3 months. The only thing that reminded me that I even had a blog were the constant emails from WordPress notifying me about a new user registration on the site (which had always turned out to be spam). What had been something that was enjoyable had turned into an annoyance (the guilt of not having written a blog post in 3 months)
That’s not to say I didn’t like blogging… it’s just I never had time and my free time was better used elsewhere. Maybe if I had more readers or if I had ads I would have taken more interest in the site… but that was never the point of starting this site. This site was meant to be a place where I could say what I thought when I felt like it for everybody to read. Through writing with this purpose, it taught me a lot about technology and has definitely increased my interest in the field. It also taught me some writing skills – which I was in dire need of – as well as some grammatical skills. It also taught me how to organize my disorganized thoughts.
Because of this, I am not just going to close down Spiderman’s Web. I will be exporting it to my old site spidermansweb.wordpress.com. It will not only serve as a shrine to the former glory of Spiderman’s Web, but I will still be able to post a blog post here and there whenever I feel like it. I think this is probably the best thing to do for this site because (1) everything I need to do on this site can be done on wordpress.com, (2) it’s free, and (3) I won’t have to update any of my plugins or WordPress (hallelujah!). Does this mean I’ll be posting more? Probably not. Just because this sites changing, doesn’t mean my life is changing too. But, this new site (or rather the resurrection of the site) still allows me to write while just closing down this site does not.
Would I like to keep thinking-chair.com? Sure, I designed the front page and I have some good memories with it! But because of the fact that I rarely use it and that it costs $40 between both me and Pete to run, it’s just not worth it for either of us.
Thanks for hanging in there,
Editor in Chief of Spiderman’s Web and Co-Founder/Co-President of Thinking Chair