Read the Beforeitsnews.com story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
By THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views
Now:
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:
Total:

Rule 91 and the End of an Era

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.


Rule 91 -

“When you decide to walk away, don’t look back.”
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, NCIS
 Season 18 Finale on CBS May 25th, 2021
 

The Sheepdog’s very first blog post hit the blogosphere on July 4, 2009. Since then, 744 more posts, including this one, have landed here and, as of today, they’ve been viewed over 318,000 times. Not bad for an amateur.

Back in December 2017, I announced I was retiring this blog (here). Then, 4 months later, I did my best Brett Favre imitation and un-retired it (here). 

During the nearly 12 years the 2nd Chance Sheepdog has prowled the blogosphere, many of you have received my posts via a free email subscription service provided by Feedburner, owned by Google. A few weeks ago, I received notice from Google stating that the email service will end in July as they will cease supporting it. In other words, emails of my posts will no longer go out. 

Over the years of writing this blog, whenever I’ve had a technical issue, Google customer service and assistance have been nonexistent. Plus, Zemanta, which I relied on, went away a few years ago, and now it’s the Feedburner emails’ turn, apparently. There’s been numerous helpful widgets also go away during the blog’s tenure. It’s gotten frustrating, but since Blogger is free, Google has no incentive to make it a priority. I get that, and I’m ok with it. It’s Google’s platform – they can do with it as they wish.

I’ve considered moving the blog to a different platform, such as WordPress, but building a blog is a ton of work, and I’m honestly just not interested in doing it a 2nd time. So, with the latest notice from Google, I’ve come full circle to where I was in December 2017 – it’s time to, in accordance with Gibbs’ Rule 91, walk away and not look back. No Brett Favre-ing this time. My blogging career is over.

I’m eternally grateful to everyone who has faithfully supported this endeavor by reading, commenting, and providing input during it’s lifetime. Some of you are family, some are friends, and some are fellow transplant recipients. Others are people I met through politics and advocacy for organ and tissue donation. 

A few others provided technical support 12 years ago that was vital in taking an idea and turning it into this reality. As I’m sure they’d rather remain anonymous, I’ll only mention them by their initials here – AC & EE – thank you! This site never would’ve existed without you.

There are things in the blog’s history that I’m proud of and others that I’m not. If I could do it all over, most of the political posts would have never been written. I wish I’d spent more time writing about organ and tissue donation advocacy than that garbage. I wish the only political posts written would’ve been ones concerning legislation about organ and tissue donation. Politics as a whole is evil and destroying our country. Hatefulness, fighting, and arguing are at pandemic levels. All any of it does is fan the flames of division, and the political posts I wrote did a lot of fanning. I regret them tremendously.

In fact, in full disclosure – over the last 15 months during the pandemic, I’ve had a few such posts written and was ready to click “Publish”. Only thing missing was a final review and the inclusion of a picture. What I was gonna say in those posts needed to be said. No one else was saying it, but I realized those posts wouldn’t change anything or anyone’s mind but would just be more “flame-fanning”. So, even though I’d spent hours writing them, I deleted them and held my tongue. Perhaps some others out there should try doing the same. Just because you have “free speech” and can say something, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should.

I am very proud, however, of my organ and tissue donation advocacy posts. In fact, I know of one person who directly received a life-saving organ transplant due to contacts made through this blog. I hope and pray there have been other lives saved and/or improved, too. However, even if there was only one, the blogging hours were worth it.

Probably, the funnest posts were the Music Mondays. Those brought back a lot of good memories and often helped kickstart my week. I hope my readers enjoyed reading them as much as I did writing them.

I’m now 14+ years out from my heart transplant. I’m grateful every day for the additional time I’ve been given. I’m still doing great, and I think about my donor every day. He will forever be my hero.

If you’re not registered as an organ and tissue donor, please do so. Americans are still suffering and dying every day. One day you could be someone’s hero, just like Kent (pic – above left) was for me. 

In the short term, I’ll post any comments I receive email notification on which follow my comment policy, but this is my last article. As I log out for the last time, I like to remind every one that I’ve been on Twitter (@2ChanceSheepdog) for a little over 2 years (here). I’d love for you to come follow me there. I’ve continued my organ and tissue donation advocacy activities and other posts there.

Thanks again everyone for spending some of your valuable time reading my blog these last 12 years. I truly hope you enjoyed it. May God bless you all.

Sincerely,
The Second Chance Sheepdog a.k.a. Johnny



Source: http://thesecondchancesheepdog.blogspot.com/2021/06/rule-91-and-end-of-era.html


Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!


Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at https://mitocopper.com M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 888-388-7003 or online at https://www.herbanomic.com M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 888-388-7003 or online at https://www.herbanomics.com M - F 9am to 5pm EST


Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)
Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen! 
Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.
Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%!  (See Video)

Immusist Beverage Concentrate - Proprietary blend, formulated to reduce inflammation while hydrating and oxygenating the cells.

Report abuse
Loading...

Comments

Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

MOST RECENT
Load more ...

SignUp

Login

Newsletter

Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.