Tuesday, January 11, 2022

That's All, Folks...Farewell and Thanks!


After 13 years of blogging (and as I push into my mid-80's), I've decided it's time (and probably past time) to call it a day.

I have, of course, a desire to pursue other interests, spend more time with my family and do a little traveling, as they say.

But my actual reason is that my readership, by all measures, continues to disappear.  It is today a bare 10% of what it was at its peak in 2014.  At some point, even a bright-eyed delusional such as myself has to admit that his audience has left the theater.  I don't exactly know why.  I hope it wasn't something I said. (smile)

My thanks to all who have shown interest along the way, especially to those of you still hanging tough here at the end.  I do appreciate your interest, especially your occasional comment and your now-and-then book purchase.  You have kept me going these 13 years.

So there you have it.  As a wise man once said, "Nothing lasts forever, and forever doesn't last, either."

Not sure what happened to that guy.

Love,
rb

33 comments:

  1. Awww, you will be missed. Your quotes were always spot on and often funny. Enjoy this next chapter.

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  2. Was touched by so many of your quotes that seemed to speak so specifically to my experiences as a mother and a human. Wishing you all the best. Enjoy!

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  3. Thank goodness I have your books so I can read them over and over. I do understand your wanting to stop blogging. I keep trying to stay with it in some sense of a schedule, but I haven't done well with that. I blame the decline in blogging on Facebook and all those other "social media" places. I admit I spend too much time on Facebook. I truly need to set a timer and only allow myself so many minutes a day. I will miss your cute little face. (By the way, I love the picture of you sitting on top of the dumpster, looking like a little leprechaun!) I will definitely stay in touch with you and Joan!

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  4. I get it. My blog gets less notice than a dust mite in the Sahara. It's not just you. And I'm become a lazy,lousy commenter, although I read each piece of wit and wisdom. Guess I'll be buying more books. I see you are on Amazon. Blessings to you, and don't be discouraged. You have enriched more lives than you realize!

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  5. Thanks for the update, best of luck!

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  6. I'll miss your blog. I love the quotes and often shared them. Thanks for bringing joy and wisdom to people you don't even know.

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  7. I'll miss your blog, but you may find some solace in the fact that my database (The Frictionary) has and will be the keeper of close to a hundred of your quotes. Best of luck!

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  8. Your "Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true" has been one of my guiding quotes for the last few years. That last part about being surer of kindness than truth is thousands of years of spiritual wisdom in a nutshell. (And no, I'm not just being nice.) Thank you & be well.

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  9. I am sad for me and happy for you. May you travel far and wide and enjoy every minute. I send a "Nugget' out in my email EVERY morning and yours, by far, have been used the very most! You ARE my most favorite. Love your sense of humor and, already miss you madly. Me ke aloha pumehana. Be well and take care of you and yours. Will think of you often and continue to share your thoughts about life. BIG HUG...Aloha from Lahela *)

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  10. I'll miss your blog. I love the quotes and often shared them. Wishing you all the best. Enjoy!

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  11. I've enjoyed your postings and words of wisdon, and hope I'll be able to continue to read them. Never spit into the wind, and always whittle away from yourself.

    A quiet, faithful fan ... Debbie from Wisconsin

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  12. I kinda became excited each time you posted. I will definitely miss your enjoyable quotes. They say when we miss someone, what we really miss is the part of us that this someone awakens. Thanks for awakening my curiosity and laughter. All my best to you.

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  13. I must have discovered you in your early days of fame as I often quoted you when I had a blog of my own some time ago. Your quotes encapsulated snippets of life in such a meaningful way. And I'd often think to myself, "I wonder how long he sits and thinks to come up with this amazing stuff?!!"

    Anyway, all the best as you journey along your way. And may God bless every step.

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  14. Wishing you a very healthy and happy next chapter! I am happy to have a few of your books. Be well.

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  15. Aww. Will miss your blogs daily but I have your book. God speed on your new adventure and thank you for the memories.

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  16. Thank you Robert Brault..as long as your writings are still here you will never leave.Enjoy your delayed retirement (wink) and may everything you do bring you more Joy. Bless you!

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  17. I so enjoy your posts and your thoughts. Maybe you'll keep posting when the spirit moves you.

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  18. So very sorry you are leaving your position as a perceptive viewer if life. Your audience may be larger than you think and just not commenting. Enjoy your next chapter.

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  19. Man. You wrote beautifully. Will miss your posts.

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  20. I just came across some of your quotes via the Quote Garden, and was intrigued. I'm an educator, and I look forward to reading more of your published work and using it (with citation of course) with my students. Blessings on a new season in life.

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  21. You posts will be missed Robert.I have been following your quotes since last 10 years. You had touched so many topics and most of them were spot on. Whenever I felt sad or needed motivation, I would always read your quotes which used to reinforce a positive energy. I don't know what to say more as I feel sad that I won't see you around in this space but I wish you all the very best for the next chapter of your life.Stay blessed.

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  22. Thank you so much, Robert. So many of your quotes are my favorites, and with your permission, used in some of my books. For that, I am forever grateful. Cheers! The best is yet to come?

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  23. Thank you very much Robert for improving the world with your charisma, creativity and authenticity. It has been an honor to be able to learn from you, I wish you the greatest success in everything you undertake. Blessings!

    Carlos

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  24. I am so sorry to see you leave, Mr. Brault. It is my fervent hope that you will not be able to resist coming back to post more of your brilliant thoughts about life. I have shared so many of them over the years. You, Sir, are brilliant and will be sorely missed.

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  25. Was it you who said, "There's a last time for everything?"

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  26. I discovered you through a quote only earlier this weekend, and my search for you lead me here, only to see you bid goodbye to your blog.. However, know that you have found a fan in me.. :) wishing you the very best for all your future plans..

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  27. I do want to thank all for the encouragements and well-wishes. When the dust settles a bit, I will be sending personal appreciations to a number of you. Meanwhile, thanks for the good vibes. They are gratefully returned!

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  28. Best of luck in your new ventures. I've been collecting your quotes for years. Will sorely miss you.

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  29. I love your musings. I would borrow your quotes often and post them on my Facebook page...always giving you credit.
    Enjoy your new adventures!

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  30. I just found you TODAY - March 15, 2022. Can you be bummed and grateful at the same time? Hope to find your books and regret that I missed your daily musings. Thank you for sharing your Light ... enjoy retirement and good times in your travels!

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  31. A number of years ago I found your short writing entitled "The Woman in the Checkout Line". I made me cry and makes me cry to this day. It is beautiful. I commented on it and you sent me a signed copy of your book. What a beautiful gesture. You're a kind man and I thought I should tell you that I'll miss your writings but your thoughts go on... And I am one of many who will see to it. Peace and love. Jeff

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    1. Jeff, thanks. It is appreciations like yours (and others here) that sustain me. I like to think that a thing or two I've written will survive me, not because they are particularly wise but because they touch a common chord. In the end it is all about letting others know that they are not alone.

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    2. I love this and you have really helped me and my reasoning to be more useful to my self and family. you will always be with my credit. Am sure for age and time lasts I will travel from Uganda to your home place looking for the wise man.(smiles)

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