Follow-up to Saturday’s blog: thank you JSF community, we live on.
When I posted Saturday’s blog (“Changing athletic focus has resulted in some backlash; JSF to close?“), I was not sure what sort of response I was going to get. To be perfectly honest, I very nearly scrapped the entire blog after I wrote it. The reason I almost didn’t post the blog is because, frankly, I was afraid of what the response might be.
As I mentioned in Saturday’s blog, I tend to be a fairly private person. Putting myself out there–as I choose to do–has always been somewhat difficult for me. Over the years I’ve grown a little more comfortable with being in the public eye, but I’ll never be entirely at ease with it. I could never be a famous actor or something like that. I’d go crazy.
That aside, I love writing this blog every morning, and I love the JSF community that we’ve built over the last decade. On Saturday morning after completing my blog I hesitated for quite some time before hitting the “Publish” button. When I finally did commit the blog to the electronic Universe, I felt a little sad: I knew there was a decent chance that blog was the beginning of the end of JSF.
After I posted the blog, I grabbed my mountain bike and took off with my friend Mike for the trails. I purposely left my phone in the truck, as I didn’t want any electronic reminders that the fate of JSF was being decided. The ride cleared my mind, and left me feeling centered and at peace.
When I got home a few hours later and saw the responses to the blog I was truly stunned. A deluge of Facebook comments, comments posted directly to the blog, private messages on the JSF forums, PMs on Facebook and emails were all telling me one thing: don’t quit, and don’t change.
My most sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to tell me what JSF has meant to you over the years. I read each and every response several times, and took everything said to heart.
JSF isn’t going anywhere. Here’s to the next decade!