Tuesday, April 15, 2014

An announcement suitable for That Sucks Day

I'd like to thank you, loyal readers, for stopping by every day for current holiday news. Creating and maintaining the Holiday Whiz has been both fun and educational.

Now, let's move on to my purpose for writing this post, appropriate for publication on That Sucks Day:

All of us, as responsible adults, should pause now and then to take stock of our lives. So I have to ask, "Does maintaining this blog help me in the pursuit my life goals?" Sadly, the answer is, "Not really." I've worked hard to streamline the processes of discovering new holidays, tracking movable holidays, etc., but when I get right down to it, the Holiday Whiz takes up time that I could put to better use. I need to focus on projects that will better benefit my husband, my daughter, my blog dog, and my own self. In the words of the productivity guru, Peter Drucker, "Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all."

Perhaps I'll revive the Holiday Whiz again in the future, perhaps not. Feel free to search the Holiday Whiz archives for general holiday information from years past - but be aware that some holidays change dates from year to year. Please check my sidebar on the right for a list of other holiday sites.

Thank you, once again, for sharing so many celebrations with me over the past few years.

All my best,

Carolyn Brooks Fleming
The Holiday Whiz

78 comments:

  1. I'm going to miss the Whiz, instead of a bare-bones calendar your included explanations and links were always appreciated.

    Wishing you well in whatever your Next Thing might be!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words. I always enjoyed researching and commenting. Bottom line, I learned that we humans are eccentric.

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  2. Ahhh Carolyn I hate to hear that. Since I also research holiday observances I looked forward to visiting your blog and reading through your posts. Your site is a nice clean site and I always enjoy the wit in your writings. I found this year to be very stressful and couldn't keep up with my blog or my holiday website so I stop posting for about 7 months just so I could keep up with the stresses of life. But I have a great love for the holidays so I'm trying to push forward once again in hopes that it will be a rewarding attempt this time. I hope you too find your able to come back to the whiz because its obvious you love it and you do a great job. Wishes of happiness- Pam

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    1. Thanks, Pam! You probably know that I linked to Gone-ta-pott frequently, and of course you were always mentioned in posts on the 28th. Best of luck in your (stress-free) holiday endeavors!

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  3. What??! No more notification of the proper time to celebrate Cow Milked While Flying on an Airplane Day? Or when to stock up on Bubble Wrap in preparation for Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day? And how will I know on which date I should Talk Like a Pirate? Oh, the angst!

    Caroline, I completely understand, but will miss you so. It has been a joy reading your witty and informative words, but you're right - this takes an enormous amount of time that you could put to better use. And I'm sure you will.

    Thank you, my friend.

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    1. LOL, ethelmaepotter! You are so funny. Whenever you commented on one of my posts, you made my day. Wishing you many holidays overflowing with bubble wrap, pirate fun, and happiness!

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  4. Hi Caroline,
    I have been a lurker on your blog for a couple of years. I've enjoyed your fun comments and that you have linked to sources. Thanks for all the work you have put into this - I do know it's time consuming and have very much appreciated the effort you put into it!

    I wish you well in your future adventures.

    Heather

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    1. Thanks for coming out of lurker mode, Heather! I will miss writing for you and the many others who have followed the Holiday Whiz. Happy holidays!

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  5. Hello Carolyn,

    I check out your blog at least 4 times a week! Sad to hear you won't be blogging about Holidays anymore. Will miss reading your posts.

    All the best with the future.

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    1. I'm glad you've enjoyed my posts, Re - I will miss writing them. My decision to stop was (and is) bittersweet. By the way, have a wonderful "National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day!"

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  6. I do daily birthdays, historical accounts from 100 years ago and holidays every day so know how much time it takes to put out stuff like this. It is amazing you have been as consistent for as long as you have. Enjoy the extra time but you will be missed.

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    1. Ooh, history! Kudos to you! Sounds like you have a lot on your plate, serving up historical accounts. I hope your efforts bring you satisfaction and/or financial gain for a long time to come. Feel free to post a link here, if you want. Thanks for your compliments and encouragement, seedjay.

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  7. BUMMER! I just found your site and it immediately became my 'go to' holiday site! I completely understand, though. It takes an enormous amount of time to do what you do, and do it as well as you did it! Best wishes to you!

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    1. Awwww, I'm sorry, Anon! Too bad we didn't connect sooner, but maybe sometime in the future I'll resurrect the Holiday Whiz. Thanks for posting.

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  8. Wait, is it April 1st?? Oh. No, it's not.
    I've been a lurker, too. Every morning, my boyfriend and I have to (have to, yes) check what to celebrate that day; your blog has been a lot of fun! We'll miss you, but wish you the best!

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  9. No, I'm afraid it isn't April 1st - I'm quitting for real, for now. Sorry you and your boyfriend will have to change your morning routine. Thanks for writing, Poulette!

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  10. I, too, am a frequent lurker; one who has kept the blog page on her phone's web pages and looked at it each day for a long time. Truly my favourite blog - you'll be sorely missed. Thank you for all the fun on our part and all of the hard work on yours. The amused anticipation each day as the page loaded was fantastic. It being the end really does suck, but, as others have said, I understand. I hope you find something more meaningful to you to fill the time with. :)

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    1. Gosh, Anonymous, I'm getting overwhelmed by the response to my announcement. Any time I'm feeling down, I'll just stop by here and read over the comments! Seriously, thanks for your kind words. I will give genuine thought to resuming this blog in the future.

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