Friday, September 25, 2009

Goodbye To Blogging

That’s All, Folks

Yes, blogging has been a great adventure. Yes, it was a thrill to get almost nine thousand page views in a single day. Yes, it was a great honour to be chosen as one of Google's Blogs Of Note.

Most of all, it was wonderful to be part of a vibrant, talented community.

But I’m going to be concentrating on my novels for a while. I'll still have a strong online presence and if you would like to keep an eye on my photographic essays, you can get twice-daily updates at my Red Bubble site.

Goodbye, good luck and God bless you all.

302 comments:

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Tiffany Norris said...

Oh no! I hate to see you go (and can't believe I'm first to comment). Will definitely be following you on Red Bubble, and I look forward to reading your novels.

david mcmahon said...

Thank you very much, Tiffany. It's been such a pleasure following your work for the past couple of years. Thank you for your support and thank you for these kind words.

Barbaloot said...

Wow-best of luck to you!

The Jules said...

Good luck.

May all your camels have two humps.

Regards

The Jules

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

I didn't leave comments very often but always enjoyed your photos and by-lines. I bookmarked your RedBubble page! Best to You.

Sylvia K said...

I do hate to see you leave, too, David, but I do understand. I will follow you on Red Bubble. Thank you so much for all the encouragement you've given me through POTD and Sunday Roast as well as your daily posts! I wish you the very best and look forward to reading your novels, too.

Enjoy!

Sylvia

Mr. Nighttime said...

Nooooo!!! You can't leave us! Who else is going to provide us with the ego boost of "Post Of The Day?" ;-)

Best of luck to you and your endeavors.

Ju said...

Aww what s shame, I only recently have started reading your blog. But good luck with your 'proper; writing. Will check when something gets published.
:)

susan said...

I don't often comment, but I "lurk" often :) You will be missed, but I look forward to checking in on the Red Bubble. Happy writing!

Suzanne said...

OH NO.

Please don't tell me I have to start with a version of Post of the day?

ACK!

I will miss you David and will check out your photo journal. Thanks for the honors and thanks for the laughs. May the writing be fun and the revisions not too difficult.

S

2Shaye ♪♫ said...

Oh David. Say it isn't so! I always love reading your posts in my reader. I'll be checking out your other link. I hope you'll still post on here from time to time, though!

xoxo,

~2Shaye

Hilary said...

Awww David. I hate to see you go, but understand your need to tend to other aspects of your life. Thank you SO much for all you've done to bring bloggers together with your POTD. I suspect your departure will spawn other inspired bloggers to start their own POTD. I might just consider that myself.

I'll miss you. Please do keep us posted occasionally. And best of luck to you, friend.

Johnnny said...

Sir David: I already miss responding to your Verser and Worsers! Thanks for being such a paragon of blog. Best of luck in your new chapter(s). John Miles

Thumbelina said...

Wow! Stunned!
You know you haven't seen much of me lately, but you've often been in my thoughts and I always visit, even if I don't comment.
I hope your work with your writing is productive and I totally understand the need to take the time out!
I look forward to the new novel. Let us know here when it is out, and also drop in and let us know major stuff like major wedding anniversaries, the kids' achievements and the like - we care you know!

God bless you and thank you for all the help you have given and the joy of visiting here for something new every day (several times a day!)

mountain.mama said...

I didn't want to believe your post title today but I understand, sort of, maybe, just a little bit, but won't you change your mind? You might miss blogging, and us??

James said...

Thanks for all of your wonderful posts. I feel that I've learned quite a bit about blogging and other things from you in the six months that I've been blogging. I was fortunate to find your blog very early on.

In the future feel free to stop by and say hello, it would be an honor.

Goodluck and God bless.

Prospero said...

Good luck with your novels, David. How exciting.

Artist Unplugged said...

No!!!!!! I will not be the same without your posts each day......though I wish you good health to you and your family, good photos (as usual) and may the words flow freely for your novels. I will be checking the bubble for sure. Good luck and God bless you.....til we meet again, thanks for all the laughs and awe through your photography. Artist Unplugged (Teresa) Now where's my tissues!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

All the best to you, David!

kaye said...

checked out the red bubble. Love your pictures, but without your words . . . somethings missing.

Good luck.

Bee said...

I've always wondered how you manage to do so much! Blogging is a great way to hone a writing voice, but it can end up eating up precious writing time, too.

Great good luck with all of your ventures.

Jazz said...

I hate to see you leave, but you have to do what you have to do.

I'm bookmarking the Red Bubble site.

Best of luck to you David. Thanks for all the laughs.

Mrs. Organic said...

Noooo! I will miss your sense of humor and beautiful photographs, but I look forward to hearing more about your novels.

ellen abbott said...

You'll be missed. Good luck with your new venture.

Gaelyn said...

You will be missed here. But blogging really isn't everything, is it? Good luck with your novel. Hope you'll post here occasionally. Will check your Red Bubble.

Be happy with the persuit of your life.

Sandy Kessler said...

Sounds like a wise well thought out move and thank you fro the photos ..You know they beam be up !!! Sandy

rachelizabeth said...

Like all the others, I'm sad to see you go. You're my go to site for crazy news stories!

I'm wishing you all the best in your writing (and getting it published).

Brian Miller said...

wow. did not see that one coming. good luck with the novels and thank you for introducing me to so many wonderful bloggers. you will be missed.

Nessa said...

Of course, I come back and you leave :(

But I understand. Good luck! And thanks for the fish.

Chapati said...

Good luck with the novels! You'll be missed :D

Daryl said...

When we emailed earlier I didnt think you would do this today .. but I guess once you make up your mind you gotta follow through

Thank you my dear friend and Den Mom for all you've brought into my life .. See you on RedBubble and the NY Times Best Seller list. xo

Maria-Thérèse afiori.com said...

What?
Oh no, you mustn't.
Do I have to bring the rest of the Scandinavians and perform an intervention? (No matter that I'm making my poetry debut on October 10 and still don't have a finished text and should hear what you are saying.)

I never really knew what blogging was until a year ago and when I hear the words "Goodbye to blogging" it sounds like a suicide note, like something awful happened or at least like some sort of impossible typing mistake.

Good luck though :)

Out-Numbered said...

Honored to have had a mention on this site... Good luck and Peace!

Johnnny said...

As you probably already know, all the letters in AUTHORBLOG can be rearranged to spell:

Tough Labor
Robot Laugh

Thank you David for your blog which was a labor of love, and for making us all laugh. Watch out for those orange sandstorms!

Breeze said...

You will certainly be missed. I have been concentrating on my novel writing and it is work that begs a lot of a time, attention and inspiration. So I understant.

Best of luck. Will follow you on Red Bubble...and I look forward to the announcement of your novel's publication!

Breeze

Chele76 said...

David,

The best of luck in your writing and your future. You will certanly be missed here.

All the best,
-Michele

Leslie: said...

We'll all miss you, David! The only problem is that we can't get your books here in North America. I've been looking for your second one, but no luck. I'll keep an eye out on Red Bubble though and even if I have to come to Australia to get your books or have a visit with you again, I will. And don't forget, you and all the authorblogs will always be welcome here!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Oh David I am so, so sorry you are going but I do understand why you are leaving.

What are we going to do without you?

And you are featuring strongly in my "Wizard Of Oz" and I was going to help you rescue the whole of blogland from the evil clutches of an evil foe. I'll still complete it of course.

I'll follow Red Bubble but it would be nice if you could drop in to see us sometimes.

I sensed something was uo when I noticed POTD not appearing not as often.

Thank you for all you help and encouragement David - I really appreciate it.

Very best wishes to you.

Ed

Ladybird World Mother said...

No NO NO! You are like the Daily News for me. Have to read yours before I do anything else. What will I do now?!
Best of luck, and looking forward to reading those novels of yours. xxx

Ladybird World Mother said...

Oh, and Post of the Day was inspired... made so many of us much closer as a result. x

Shrinky said...

Oh David, though I am saddened, I truly understand you need to move on with other things. The time, encouragement and wonderful introductions you have selflessly given to us all over the past few years have been precious, indeed. You are responsible for drawing together a like-minded community of fellow bloggers, who would probably would never have had the opportunity to gather together, were it not for you.

For my own part, your faith and support has been invaluable. Thank you my friend, it truly is a pleasure to know you. I know you will find every success from whatever venture you tackle - I will be cheering you on all the way. x

Jientje said...

David,
You will be missed, bu me also. I loved your doors, and how you told the story of how your pictures were being made. Your post of the day. Being picked (more than once even) was such a great compliment and encouragement. You will be missed. God bless you, and thanks for your friendship.

TechnoBabe said...

Best wishes to you. I have enjoyed your blog tremendously, but I know that with your extreme talent you could be writing books to pass on for the next generations. I will be one of the regulars checking out Red Bubble.

Craver Vii said...

I'll definitely change my sidebar to include Red Bubble. You have been a good friend and great inspiration in the blogosphere.

Best wishes on your new endeavors. Blessings, David.

Eddie said...

Me again David

I feel like playing:

THE LAST POST

Bye my friend
Eddie

Charles Gramlich said...

I enjoyed visiting, even if I didn't always comment. But sometimes we do need to get away from it. Good luck with the novels.

Best,
Charles

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

WHAT ? WHAT???? WHAT?????? NO NO NO.....DAVID NO!!!

I shall keep watch, keep vigil....lie the man says, he'll be back!

Thank you for walking with me a while....

Sniffles and Smiles said...

David,

I am more than sorry to see you go. I will miss you more than words can express! But as you once said to me, "More importantly, I understand." And I do. I loved your first novel, and will eagerly anticipate the next. And will certainly thoroughly revel in your photography on Red Bubble. But you are so much more than an extraordinarily talent writer and photographer...you are a genuine, authentic, compassionate and warm friend. And I will truly miss seeing you around here. Thank you for having extended your hand of friendship to me. I treasure it. You will be in my prayers. God bless you, your wife and daughers! With much respect, and warmest affection~ Janine

Alix said...

Nooooo!

Say it ain't so!

We've only just met! And I so look forward to your POTD picks!

Is that enough exclamation marks? because I have a whole lot more where those came from!!!

Thank you SO MUCH for visiting Casa Hice and leaving your footprints (and a coveted POTD mention) on my welcome mat. I will cherish it always.

Most of all, best wishes on your photography, literary endeavors and continued successes. I would hate to be greedy and stand in the way of your dreams, but I sure will miss you.

Blessings and high fives!

LadyFi said...

Oh no - a loss for us! But a plus for those novels...

Jen said...

David,

It was a pleasure! Thank you so much for honoring me with post of the day mentions. :)

Good luck with your novels.

Jen said...

p.s. I made a red bubble account - see you there!

secret agent woman said...

Good luck to you!

Anna M Blanch said...

thanks for the memories....
seriously, good luck with all you have on your plate - intentionality is a good thing!

~Just me again~ said...

Oh, this is so sad. I have just saved your Red Bubble.

Good luck wih everything! It's been a pleasure.

lakeviewer said...

David, we'll miss you. You've been a mentor to many. But, we understand and we'll be sure to line up at your book signing events. See you around.

katney said...

Oh, dear. No daily fix of McMahon?

I understand where you are coming from. I recently closed down a blog which was stressing me, and while on vacation touched not a single computer. Withdrawal symptoms!!! But it can be very freeing. Blogging can be time and energy consuming, and we must not let it take us over completely. There is life outside of blogging.

The best to you in your endeavors. Now I must really get my act together and get myself a copy of Vegemite Vindaloo. And I will follow you to Red Bubble. I hope that you might stop by once in a while and give us an update on what's happening at Casa McMahon. Thank you for all the encouragement you have given to all of us.

Colin Campbell said...

Good luck David. I suspect that there is a life outside blogging.

Mr London Street said...

Sorry to hear about this.

Anyone missing Post Of The Day is more than welcome over at my place where I do a similar weekly feature called 'That Was The Week That Blogged'.

katherine. said...

David,

It has been a honor and a privilege to connect with you.

I have laughed at your wit, and admired your talent. You have turned me on to so many outstanding weblogs!

You have encouraged me more than I can tell you.

If you ever travel to our part of world, please let us know.

I shall reactivate my Red Bubble

I wish you and yours all the best.

Thank you David.

chewy said...

Thank you for your friendship. Don't let those red bubbles pop.

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

Well I understand as blogging can easily take over and become an end in itself.

All the best in all you do - you'll be missed.

Sarah said...

We'll miss you, David...

All the best.

Joanna Jenkins said...

The blogosphere just got a lot quieter!

Thank you David for all your wonderful posts and photos. Your POTD mentions were like being invited at sit at the "grown-ups table" and boosted the confidence of this new writer. Thank you.

I'll be following you on Red Bubble and hope if you change your mind about blogging, you'll stop back with an update once in a while.

Wishing all great things to you and your family.

xo

Jewels said...

David,

Thank-you so much for all you've done for the blogging world. We will miss you! I am an avid reader and hope you return. Good luck on your book, and I hope you'll keep us posted!

Maggie May said...

I am devastated, David. You have taught me so much.
Thank you for everything. I hope you will come back at some point and best of luck with your books.

Ayak said...

You have given encouragement to so many people and you will be very much missed.

Good luck and my very best wishes for the future.

Hilary said...

Nooooooo! Do not like! I'll miss your posts... Good luck with everything!

Betsy said...

You will be missed! Enjoy working on your novels! :) You have said some very kind words of encouragement to me in the last year and I will never forget that.

Akelamalu said...

Oh no David I will miss your writings so much! I don't always comment but I do always read your blog every day.

Good luck with your novels, maybe you'll drop by here occasionally and let us know how you're diddling?

ds said...

I will miss your blog--even though I am comparatively new to it. And I will check in at Red Bubble because your photographs are so beautiful.

Best of luck with your novels; I look forward to reading them!!

Ambiance in the Attic said...

You are one of the first sites that brought me into blogging. I'll miss you but will jump to Red Bubble. Please let us know when your novel is released. All the best to you!

jay said...

Oh no! I'm very sad to see you go, David.

I understand the need to concentrate on another project, but we'll miss you. I hope one day - when the new manuscript is at the publisher's - you'll be back.

savannah said...

all the best, sugar! i'll keep my eyes open for your new works and also, on red bubble! be well! xoxox

Working Mum said...

It's been a pleasure and an honour to be part of your readership. Good luck with your project.

cheshire wife said...

Sorry to see you go just as I am trying to get back into blogging after a period when I have had to put other things before my blog. I can understand the need for a break and hope that this will be just a temporary good bye. Good luck with your novels and I look forward to reading them.

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Goodness me, David - I am shocked and in awe of your decision - I wish you all the very best with your plans for your novels, and I hope you will keep us informed of your progress and inevitable successes?

You are an inspiration to us, Sir, and we shall miss you heartily...

Love and light, Fellow Traveller x

marcia@joyismygoal said...

Thanks so much for all your fun pics and posts you are such a wit and awesome photographer But most ofall thank you for your encouraging words and comments on my attempts :)

Carletta said...

I'm feeling just a little sad at the moment. You read so many blogs you won't remember this but when I first started blogging almost two years ago you left a comment on my blog that has served me well these two years into retirement. You read my profile where I stated it was time to pursue my dreams that had been put on hold for many years and you said to never put a dream on hold. I thank you for that caring thought. I have since taken up photography (one dream) and although I'm far from being anything but an amatuer it has been a most fulfilling pasttime.
Thank you too for naming my main blog twice in your POTD - that too meant a lot.
Many wishes for continued success.
Catch you on Red Bubble!

Travis said...

I have enjoyed your photography. Good luck with the writing!

Mushy said...

You have my email...stay in touch!

...and just when I was going to recommend Suldog's current post!

Madame DeFarge said...

Good luck and hope to see you back here again sometime. Thanks for all the support and comments.

david mcmahon said...

Thank you very much, Barbaloot.

david mcmahon said...

The Jules: what a great sign-off. That made me chuckle!

david mcmahon said...

Terri and the cats:

Thank you very much for your kind comment. Wonderful to know you'll follow my work on Red Bubble!

david mcmahon said...

Sylvia K:

Thank you ever so much. It was a pleasure to feature you in the Sunday Roast interview series!

david mcmahon said...

Mr Nighttime:

Thanks very much for your good wishes. I guess any regular blogger could take over "Post of the Day" if they wanted!!

david mcmahon said...

Ju:

Wish I could have stayed longer. Thanks so much for following my work and for taking the trouble to comment.

Not The Rockefellers said...

It was a pleasure reading your blog.
And even being recognized one time!
God Bless You and I'll see you on Red Bubble

Peace - Rene

david mcmahon said...

Susan:

Thank you for being here - and for letting me know you'll check out my work on Red Bubble!

david mcmahon said...

Suzanne:

I hereby pass the baton to you, denoting that Post Of The Day is yours if you so desire!

Thank your for that wonderful comment.

Writing is always fun. That's why it was so hard to make the decision to walk away from this blog ....

VERY difficult!

david mcmahon said...

2Shaye:

Alas, I wish it wasn't so! BUt thank you for reading my work, thank you for commenting and thank you for your generous words.

Corey~living and loving said...

WOW! totally not expected. I am sorry to see it, but believe in my heart that if this is where your heart is taking you...this is where you need to go. I have often wondered how you kept up with it all.

I want you to know how very much I have appreciated your kindness, and respectful way of carrying yourself. I admire you greatly, and know that you have given so many people the support they needed at just the right time.

There have been times recently that I have felt that letting my blog go for awhile would be a good thing. I haven't been blogging as much, and that has certainly helped.

I'll be seeing you on redbubble though. I'm not there as much as I would like, but once again....only so much time in the day.

Take GREAT care of YOU!

david mcmahon said...

Hilary:

I've been such a huge admirer of your work from the first time you left a comment here and I followed the link and realised just how much talent you have for words and imagery.

You have been so richly blessed in talent.

Your blog is always a treasure chest, with sparkling diamonds.

The very best to you and your family. Maybe my travels will bring me to your part of the world one day ....

And if you are indeed serious about carrying on POTD, you're most welcome. You can even use the same logo, if you want.

Just let me know ....

Luke said...

David,

Sorry to hear that you’re hanging it up. Your cheery posts were always like a ray of sunshine.

Best of luck to you in your future endeavors.

God bless,

Luke

Moannie said...

I was in shock when Sazzie told me, I still can't believe it. You have been here for so many of us who delight in your wit, your compassion, your unfailing encouragement and your amazing talents. Dear Sir Knight of the blogging quest, how I shall miss you.
I will ask Sazzie to put Red Bubble on my siebar so that I won't miss you if you come back for a visit.
Every good wish to you in your work and good health to you and your family.

Sarah Lulu said...

Oh no. I'm going to miss you.

Many blessings on your novels.

Did I mention I'm going to miss you?

david mcmahon said...

Luke:

We've checked out each other's writing for more than two years now - and it's been a pleasure to watch your progress.

Good luck - and I'm only a weblink away!

david mcmahon said...

Moannie:

Thank you for your very kind words. It's been a pleasure to read your work and I can honestly say that I've probably read 80-85 per cent of everything you've uploaded on your blog.

It was interesting to watch you emerge in BlogLand, to note your skill with words and your sheer class all round.

Saz has great genes! To me, you will always be the Queen Mum of blogging - precious to all and beloved by many.

You have my email address so you have immediate access to me at all times. You know I will answer, as I always do.

david mcmahon said...

Sarah Lulu:

Thank you for that wonderful salutation. I'm not disappearing entirely - just from active blogging.

My thanks for being here, for reading and for commenting!

david mcmahon said...

Johnny:

I always enjoyed reading your creative responses to Verse And Worse. Funny you should mention that - because I still have a couple saved up and ready to post, should the need arise!

Pastor Sharon said...

Oh crap! I'm thinking this is going to cause the need for an online support group to get us through the loss and grief of you!

I wish you the very best with your Novel(s). I will keep an eye out for you! Best wishes and God bless.

David you are going to be missed beyond words!
Love,
Pastor Sharon

clairedulalune said...

Best of luck David with your novels, you will be sadly missed!

david mcmahon said...

Clairedulalune:

Thank you very much for all the support you have shown me. Good luck with your blog. It's a brave new world out there and you are one of the people who defines the way blogs must move to stay ahead of other media.

Good luck ....

david mcmahon said...

Pastor Sharon:

That really brought a huge smile to my face. Online support group? It exists already - it's called the blogging fraternity.

When I first started blogging, there were some tentative writers out there. Now they are people who are comfortable with their literary skills and the freedom to express them in any way they so desire.

It's been a pleasure reading your work and I wish you God's blessings in everything that you, your family and your loved ones do and continue to do.

david mcmahon said...

COREY:

You, ma'am, have an amazing talent. From the first time I saw your photography, I was struck by what you see and what you convey.

I've told you this before, in private as well as in a public forum. You have it, in spades.

You will (YOU WILL!!!!) be your own photographer one day, simply because you have so much depth and range and because viewpoints snap in your head the way they are supposed to.

Your earliest inspiration has been SugarBear, and as you know I have always encouraged you to work with wider subjects. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to see you do just that, and no surprise at all to see just how good you are, even when you explore new fields.

Ma'am, you have it all .... I salute you.

Fireblossom said...

Oh my gosh! Well, best of luck with your novels, David, and thanks so much for all of the encouragement you've sent my way. I wish you every continued success!

david mcmahon said...

Fireblossom:

You need no encouragement. You are so very talented, not just in my eyes but in the eyes of the many people who avidly follow your work.

Blogging is a great platform for you to showcase your skills.

I'll always be here for anyone who wants help or advice of any kind - but you KNOW that!

Brit Gal Sarah said...

David, I am sorry to read this but totally understand, I also have other writing projects that ought to get the attention I give to my blog!

I wish you all the best and will be sure to follow you on Red Bubble.

david mcmahon said...

Thumbelina:

It's been great fun following your writing and then your photography and talking about what camera you should start using.

It was interesting watching your progress on your first blog and then on your second as well.

Tell your budding young photographer that I am only an email address away if ever any advice is needed, but I guess you knew that already!

Glad your family holiday was so memorable and that you were able to catch up with Terry and Maria.

Have fun - and you know where to find me!

david mcmahon said...

Brit Gal Sarah:

Thank you for those kind words. It has been a lot of fun following your adventures in the US of A and I'd love to see them woven into a book one day.

If writing is your dream, never let it elude you.

Not ever.

david mcmahon said...

Rene (Not The Rockefellers)

It was a pleasure being able to honour your blog on POTD. You have a great blog and you have a vibrant style.

It would be wonderful to see you on RedBubble!

dot said...

As they say in Georgia...You're a peach! You will be missed by many.

aims said...

David - go do what your heart tells you to do. Look after David instead of looking after us.

Blogging and writing don't seem to go too much in hand. Especially when you do the amount of research you do to post every single day. How could you ever find time to write in all of that?

I for one have grown to consider you like my brother (who has the same name). I've been honoured time and again with being selected as POTD. That always made me feel special. Thank you for that David.

You know I loved Vegemite Vindaloo. I look forward to your next novel and THIS time I'm getting a signed copy!

I'll be thinking of you.....

david mcmahon said...

DOT:

Thank you for the ultimate Georgia accolade.

I'll never forget taking part in the first Sky Watch Friday that you created. I'll never forget telling you it was a great meme because it was based on a premise that embraced all bloggers, everywhere.

Your photography has always been great fun to watch and you bring us a part of the world that we can admire vicariously, through your lens.

david mcmahon said...

AIMS:

I'm deeply honoured to be thought of as your brother.

You have a searing ability with words, as I've said from the very first day I came across your Big Blue Barn site.

You write so well because you write instinctively. When (not IF) you write that first book, you won't need heavy editing.

I'm so glad you enjoyed Vegemite Vindaloo and I hope you enjoy the next one which will be out shortly.

It's been a pleasure to feature you so often on POTD.

More strength to your writing (not that you need it) .....

vicki archer said...

I wish you the best of luck with your writing David and than you for the many enjoyable posts, xv.

The Things We Carried said...

David,

I feel like a really great neighbor is moving far away. I can honestly say, I hate to see your blog go! How can I remove your link from list? You have been a great encourager to me as I have attempted to write!

I will look for your new site and of course, I wish you, Mrs. Authorblog, and the Authorblogets all the wonder the world has to offer. Best wishes on your new ventures and on your books!

Happy travels to you all!

Eddie Bluelights said...

David, I don't know whether you saw my earlier comment but I just have to reach out once again and say I am sorry you are leaving and thanks for everything - a great pleasure knowing you - a true gentleman and I appreciate your help ~ Eddie

Mimi said...

David, I feel really sad reading this.
I feel as though I've come in at the end of the party, just as people (you) are going home. Could say story of my life, but that's not actually true.
I've enjoyed your blog very much-particularly your photography. The most important thing I learned from you is to look around.I will follow on Red Bubble.
My one consolation is that I got a POTD mention, so I'll hang onto that.
Now a little Irish wish for you:"go n-eíri an bóthar leat". All the best to you and the Authorblog family, and thanks for sharing your many talents with the blog community.

Susie of Arabia said...

You will be missed!!! Best wishes to you and good luck on the novel!

Ribbon said...

Thank you for all that you have shared.
I too will check out red bubble.

all the best wishes for all that you do.

Ribbon

Smitten by Britain said...

Well, I am sorry to see you go but I must admit in the last week I have thought about hanging up my keyboard as well. I'm too busy, it's become too much like work, I feel guilty when I don't blog, it's time for a change, I spend too much time on the internet when I should be taking better care of myself, etc, etc.

Best wishes David and it sure sounds like you'll be missed.

Kelly H-Y said...

Oh, I am so sad to see you go, BUT good luck with everything!!!!

The Write Girl said...

Best wishes to you David. I hope you keep the blog up for people to view. Novel writing sounds exciting. We will miss your blogging.

♥ Braja said...

My heart just sank a little...David, rest assured your Red Bubble and novels will be sought after by this grateful, yet slightly sad, blogger...xo

Fletch said...

I've just recovered from a 10 day spell of not knowing HOW to recover the stuff on the computer when it simply 'went south' without any warning.

Now this!

Bummer .....

Janie said...

I will miss your posts, but I certainly understand that writing a novel requires a whole lot of time. Good luck with the writing. Let us know when the published result will be in the bookstores!

L.T. Elliot said...

I understand why you must go but you'll be sorely missed.

Jeff B said...

Wow, the end of an era. Your presence in the blogging community will surely be missed.

Thank you for the encouragement, pointers and general good company.

Be well my friend.

Kay said...

the artistic type tend to be sooooo dramatic sometimes! Look forward to seeing you after your break :)

Annie said...

Whew...that is a shock, David..no warning..just "this is it" !!

It is hard to believe you will not be blogging, though I can imagine how much time it took you...your POTD day will be sorely missed here, as well as all around the world! As well as your Sunday Roast and photos...and photography tips!

All the best with the writing..I did so much enjoy Vegemite and Vindaloo, so look forward to the next!

Annie

Tumblewords: said...

Good luck! Good luck!

Artist Unplugged said...

Yes, I checked back again, hoping something had change and it would not be true........quick goodbyes aren't really that painless. Happy trails!

Elizabeth Bradley said...

I'm bummed out. I often wondered how you could keep it up! So I do understand. Thank you so much for choosing me for POTD! You will be missed out here in the blogging world. Good luck in "the real world".

Elizabeth

Marguerite said...

So sorry that you're leaving the blogosphere, David, just when we were starting to get acquainted. I will miss you, but I do understand and wish you all the best, always! I will check you out on Red Bubble. Later Alligator,
Marguerite

Kathleen said...

Oh, good for you, David! You've given so much, connected so many, delighted us over and over. It makes my heart sing to know you'll be taking time to nurture your own gifts as you have so kindly cheered us on.

That giant ripping sound you hear is the big gaping hole that will be left in the blogsphere with your departure. And that thunderous applause is the sound of all your fans wishing you well!

Blessings on your journey,

Fondly,

Kathleen

gaelikaa said...

I'll miss you. It was an honour to have written one of your Posts of the Day recently. I'll look forward to reading your novels.

Maria(gaelikaa)

imbeingheldhostage said...

Wait a minute, does Australia have an April Fool's Day in September?! Oh, I have not been more disappointed to see someone go David. It's been an honour blogging with you. Because of what you have done for the blogging world and what you will do for the rest with a novel, I wish you happiness and success-- AND, I'm not removing you from my bookmarks, just in case you come out to update us on your progress.

Cheers!

magiceye said...

best wishes!

RuneE said...

Sorry to see you "go", but I wish you all the best with the ventures to come, And thank you for the POTDs, roasting and good advice that you have given me personally and many others.

Maddie Grigg said...

Sorry you're off, having only just found you. But thanks for making my pasty post a post of the day. And every now and then you have to refocus your energies on other things. My blogging days are coming to an end at the end of the year, I think. With all best wishes

david mcmahon said...

MOUNTAIN MAMA:

Yes, I'll miss blogging - because I enjoyed it so much. Yes, I'll miss all of you - because you were all great company in an intensvely creative environment.

Will I ever change my mind? Never say never .... things might change after the novel is done!

david mcmahon said...

JAMES:

The great thing about blogging is that creatively speaking, it's two-way traffic. If you feel you learned something from me, then it's equally true that I learned just as much from you and other bloggers. That's the beauty of a creative environment. Thank you for your kind words and your good wishes.

david mcmahon said...

PROSPERO:

Thank you for your good wishes. Really appreciate the thoughts.

david mcmahon said...

ARTIST UNPLUGGED

Thank you, Teresa, for those wonderful words. If I made you smile, then the true credit goes to the many wonderful people who inspired me as a child and who shaped me through my teenage years.

Thank you for your good wishes to the family as well. They are the most precious part of my life.

I'm sure we'll meet again, one day.

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

I just popped into see the rash of comments left for you David a great tribute, to a great man!!

xx

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Wishing you well!!!

Although you'll not remember me, in my present blogging *incarnation.* We met, in a past one of mine. ,-)

To repeat, wishing you well in your future.

'Aunt Amelia'

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

Egad, you're leaving!
I think I need a fainting sofa!
You have been a wonderful mentor, David. Of course, we will hear from you again!
Thank you for your encouraging words.
With much repect,
tgfcbs

P.S.
If I don't obtain a copy of your firt novel, I know my wonderful friend Sniffles and Smiles will lend me hers :-)

immersion said...

I wish the best for you!

NitWit1 said...

I have enjoyed your photography and posts, sometimes lurking, sometimes commenting.

Blogging fits our lifestyle, perhaps for awhile.

In my opinion and many of my readers we impose too much on ourselves to produce when there is nothing to produce. I have removed those impositions. When I have a story to tell, or something to share I take as much time as I need to develop it.

I keep a list of titles as drafts. Some never see the light of day. Others are stories in the making. Others have made it to post.

I enjoy reading, maybe more than writing. I have a number of readers who are writers of some note, who blog infrequently, but read daily.

The very best of luck in your novel writing.

Ananda girl said...

Well shoot... it seems like I found you only to lose you. But books are important and I can certainly understand needing more time to focus on them. Good luck David. I'll still be following your photography. This has been fun. Thank you for that.

tale of many cities said...

best of luck to you dave!! God Bless!!!

Mara said...

Well, seeing the amount of comments this one little post generated, I know I am not the only one who feels sorry you're leaving for now!

Good luck with the novels though!

Suldog said...

Aw, geez, David. I love you, and I wish you well, but I'll miss your presence. Here's hoping for a mega-bestseller for you. You certainly deserve it.

God bless and good luck!

∙ diXymiss ∙ said...

I will sincerely miss your blogging presence, David. It was a pleasure connecting with you through this medium. Best wishes for many blessings and eXtraordinary success as you focus your efforts on your novels.

Kind regards,
diXymiss

Anne-Berit said...

You will be missed,but I will follow your Red Bubble site.Good luck with everything,and God bless you:o)

Maggie May said...

Just popping over again to read all the comments coming in.
I don't think you realised David, just what a stir it has caused all your blogging pals. Such a tiny post but one with tremendous impact! Everyone is shocked!

Thumbelina said...

Ditto Maggie May.

I don't think you realise just how good you are. And that is one of the most endearing qualities about you. You're humble. And I'll miss you.

Merisi said...

I feel lost and speechless.
I would have stopped blogging long ago if it were not for you. I would almost no blogger friends if it were not for your friends who came over to see me thanks to you! I would have never have been a POTD honoree if it were not for you.

I makes me happy, though, thinking that you are out there following your dreams - may they all come true!

Many heartfelt thanks for everything and see you at Red Bubble!

Merisi said...

P.S:
I am not proud of the fact that I managed to send another comment off instead of proofreading it!

david mcmahon said...

Pat @ Back Porch Musings

Thank you for your good wishes, Pat. Really appreciate it. It was a tough call to turn away from blogging.

david mcmahon said...

KAYE:

Thank you very much. Glad you like the Red Bubble photos, but yes, each image has accompanying text. If you click on the image, you'll see the text with it.

Hope you have fun looking at my work on that site!

david mcmahon said...

BEE:

Thank you for your kindness. I actually had things auto-posted about 6-7 days in advance, but decided to stop simply because I no longer had time to visit OTHER people's blogs, which is such a vital part of blog interaction.

david mcmahon said...

JAZZ:

You have been such a wonderful support. Thank you for visiting often, for commenting often, and for being so appreciative of my work, even when I simply did not have the time to return any of those visits.

david mcmahon said...

MRS ORGANIC:

Thank you on both counts, ma'am. I'm chuffed that you enjoy my sense of humour - and my photography! Now if you'll excuse me, I'll puff my chest out, walk down to the milliner and order a larger size in hats! You can, however, sill keep abreast of my daily photography at Red Bubble - and yes, there is still a lot of humour on my work there!

david mcmahon said...

ELLEN ABBOTT:

Thank you to you (and the graceful flamingo that is part of your avatar!) for your generous words. I guess it's just the fact that I could no longer find the time for a) POTD and b) visiting other bloggers. Without that vital element of interaction, my reasons for continuing to blog would have been purely selfish - and that's not me!

david mcmahon said...

GAELYN:

Thank you for your kind and wise words. Blogging wasn't taking up a huge part of my life, but I just found that I no longer had time to visit, assess and recognise the work of other bloggers. And I guess I didn't want selfish reasons to be the key fact in continuing to blog. Thank you, once again, for your good wishes.

david mcmahon said...

SANDY KESSLER:

I love the fact that you mention my work ``beams you up''. That's a serious tribute, and one I will cherish.

We've been accustomed to each other's work for a long time now - and you know I am a fan of what you do. Walking away from blogging was not an easy decision, but it was all about putting other people's work at the forefront and I no longer had time to do that, alas.

Pagan Sphinx said...

Your photographs and captions have been a true delight.

Most sincere wishes for a fruitful writing career.

Peace to you and yours,
Gina

Nan said...

Oh no! Return again, Whittington!!

SandyCarlson said...

Oh, no! I thought. And then, God bless. Good for you. Your friends are always here. Wishing you well, David. And thanks for helping me feel good and have fun and enjoy the blogosphere. Your presence has been a real gift. Thanks for setting a high standard.

Anonymous said...

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Pouty Lips said...

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

I'm very sad.

I hope I can put your red bubble site in my blog roll.

I guess I need to get your first novel and start reading so I'm ready for the your new one when you finish it.

Will you let us know somehow when it is published?

It's been a pleasure blogging with you.

Pouty Lips said...

I just put your red bubble in my blog roll. I wanted to let everyone know that you can do that.

♥ Braja said...

I just came back to check if it was real....
:((

Lawstude said...

good luck on the novel david.

Kathleen said...

I did the same thing as Braja!

It's so weird to not to see authorblog at the top of my blogroll. I've been in a funk all day. Forget what I said earlier. Won't you reconsider (she asks selfishly)? What about a weekly note?

And to whom will you pass the the Sunday Roast torch?

(So close, and yet so far away!)

Missing you terribly,
Kathleen

Greyscale Territory said...

David,

You make me feel so proud to be an Australian ~ connected with you by default, so to speak! But just like so many others, I did not find you till precisely Anzac Day 2009 when my post was mentioned for POTD! At the time, I didn't even know what it was all about until some people from your blog mentioned it!

And then I explored your blog world and was totally enchanted!

Just thank you for being all you are and letting the world glimpse a little of your inner journeys!

Happiness always to you and your family!

Golightly said...

Say it so Joe! Say it ain't so! Seriously, I will be keeping check on your Red Bubble page. You are always an inspiration - to so many.

I appreciate your support and encouragement in the last two years as I stretched my wings in a new way through blogging and photography.

I had to take time to concentrate on other things in recent months but I have missed regular blogging and I'm just getting back into the groove again.

I'm looking forward to hearing about the success of your book in the future.

Thank you again, David. You have blessed so many, I pray God continues to bless you!

The Egel Nest said...

I'll miss your blogging David...but I also have scaled back for bigger and better things! Lots of love to you and your family!

Bradley
The Egel Nest

ArneA said...

NO, this was not a good information to receive.
Understand you need some changes, but as Hazel why not use the blog to inform us about your working process. Drop all your usual memes, but don´t disappear -please.
Will miss you, and nominate your last post as PotD, or post of the year on the sad side.

introspection said...

Hi David,

This is most unexpected for me who had herself reduced blogging from writing to just reading & commenting (some times.) And reading always meant Authorblog first. Your blog is on my Bookmarks list so I could read it even without logging on to blogspot.com.

I was lucky that you read my modest posts as well as being POTD. When that happened to me, I had concluded that I had "arrived" in Blogsphere in true sense. Had it not been for you I would never have so many friends who read my posts. I now have a full fledged Blogfamily - all because of you. You have been a real source of encouragement to all new bloggers, including me.
I have often smiled on early mornings 'inspite of many sombre moods' while reading your humorous verses. I will miss it the most.

Here's a request - stay with us via a weekly/occasional post at least.

In fact I have been drafting an interactive post about the story of a huge movie, and I have cast you as the CEO of the project. Please tell me you will take some time (from novel writing) to look at it from time to time. Coz I will never find any one to replace you there.

My very best wishes to you and your family and to you for taking on full time writing. May you win all the laurels and Man Booker awards for you work.

Should you decide to post occasionally, all of us at Blogsphere would be very glad, indeed.

When your writing/photography travails bring you to India - Poona, pls honour me with your visit. I would love to meet you in person.

Many many thanks for your being who you are. And Good Luck!

Arkansas Patti said...

Absolutley not allowed. No!!!
That is the selfish me talking. I do understand, just don't like it.
I have been a lurker so I really don't have a voice. #184 comment doesn't carry much weight.
However, best of success with your book and do let us know when it will be available for purchase.
Will keep an eye on the Bubble.
Thank you for some really great reading and viewing. You have given a bunch of us a real boost with your POTD. Thank you big time.

Pearl Maple said...

David, good luck with your plans and adventures. Will check out the red bubble site, looks like interesting things going on there.

Debbie said...

I haven't visited in awhile but word travels! How sad, but I understand. I remember when you first commented on my blog and I was tickled that someone like you took time to read mine. You will be missed my dear!!

Wishing you the best of luck!

Mental P Mama said...

Oh no! I'll be visiting you;) Happy writing....

Stephen Parrish said...

You made a difference in many lives, mine included. Thanks for everything.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

It was great to have "met" you David and you did much to bring writers and bloggers from diverse parts of the world together!
Good luck with the novels and I wish you loads of success!

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Say it Ain't So!!!!! :(
You will be missed more than any blog ever but I understand well how hard it is to "write" and blog. I often think this blog time should be spent on my book. Please keep me informed to your book progress as I hope to be at least ONE of the first to buy and read it??
God Bless You David for all the smiles you have brought to all our faces!! xoxo :)

Kevin Musgrove said...

Good luck with the "proper" stuff, David. I'll miss popping round here but at least we'll have Red Bubble as a consolation prize.

Jeni said...

No more of the "punniest" stuff in the blogosphere, plus excellent posts, photos, roasts of fellow bloggers, POTD's?
Boy, your presence will sorely be missed although I do fully understand your reasons. How you manage to pop back in though from time to time. And best of luck with the books.

aims said...

Just back to read all the comments as well David and tell you I made you Post of the Day over at my place!

Be well my friend.

Tom said...

You might be gone but I do not think any of us will forget you.... good luck with your writing and I will follow you on Red Bubble..
Tom

Rocky Mountain Retreat said...

I have often thought the same of myself in closing down my photo blog as well... this might be the nudge I'm looking for.

Take care, it was a pleasure, David. Much luck on the novels.

~Michele~

Teacher's Pet said...

OH NO! Please don't go....please?
This is Dorothy (Jackie)...and neither is my real name...but I beg you from the bottom of my ruby red slippers to reconsider....
Just take some time off....please, please....don't go.
Jackie

Cynthia said...

Amazingly brave of you, David, to step away from blogging when its so deeply part of your routine. I take change in several small steps and then one giant leap!

I thought the "Goodbye to Blogging" title was a little trick when it showed up on my blog roll-a play on words or something. I'm surprised that you were sincerely making the decision to leave your highly successful blog project.

I have admired your posting routine, photos, and the way you lifted others up each week with your blog interview features and post of the day.

Thank you so much for recognizing Oasis Writing Link with your POTD awards. You brightened my blog, my day, and my heart.

May your writing go well! And may you and your family celebrate good health and joy. Thank you again.

Lori ann said...

Good Luck with the novels David, even though I am sure you don't need it!
Take good care,
lori

gaelikaa said...

A blogger there was named McMahon
Who in his time started a fashion
For Post of the Day,
Photos, rhymes, what to say,
With his loss the blog hub goes
a-crashin!

gaelikaa said...

A blogger there was named McMahon
Who in his time started a fashion
For the Post of the Day, photos, rhymes, what to say!
With his loss the blog hub goes a-crashin!

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