Thursday, December 26, 2013

Eight is Enough

I've decided to retire from blogging at the end of 2013. There it is. I said it.

It's been a great run. I love my readers and all of the wonderful bloggers. And lurkers, yes, I still love you too. I will miss all the members of our community.

I have so many memories - pleasant, inspiring, sad, funny, and amazing. And so many friends - both here and gone. These treasures will enrich me forever.

But it's time. I've been hanging on for quite a while, long past the day when I realized that my best posts were already published.

Please don't feel sorry for me. Randy and I are living good lives together and I expect that to continue. So, I can assure you, will the spankings. We're fine.

I am comfortable with this decision. I felt I couldn't make this announcement until I was sure it was right.

There are a few administrative details to be cleaned up. Hermione has graciously volunteered to take over our community brunch and the annual LOL Day celebration. I'm grateful that these events will continue in her able hands. If there is someone who is detail-oriented and loves new blogs, I would welcome the opportunity to pass along responsibility for the blogrolls and In with the New.

I plan to leave this blog up indefinitely, though I will probably shut off new comments. It will serve as kind of a museum capturing eight years of spanko life. I might remove the blogrolls at some point if they become too stale, especially if we find someone to maintain them elsewhere.

As for me, I will be retired but very much alive. I probably won't blog, but I may comment from time to time.

Come what may, I wish you the very best in all things.

80 comments :

Kaelah said...

Wow, Bonnie, that comes as a shock! But I can definitely understand your decision. All the best to you and Randy, and I hope to see you around in Blogland in the future. Thank you very much for everything that you have done for our community during the last eight years!

Terpsichore said...

Bonnie, you have been such a vital and special part of this community. I am grateful for the time you have been here supporting all of us and I wish you the best as you continue forward. I am glad to have the posts stay to remind us of you and all your helpful advice as we started on our own journeys and continue to learn and explore. Hope to see you around visiting. :-) Much Hugs, Terpsichore

Hermione said...

Dear Bonnie, you will be very much missed in the blogging community. I hope you will drop in for brunch from time to time, and that we will see you on LOL9 day. Thank you for having the trust to pass these torches to me.

Warm hugs,
Hermione

Dragon's Rose said...

You were among the first to welcome me into blog land. You will be missed

Meredith Malloy said...

You are the clearinghouse for all spanking blogs. I learned where to finf the blogs I read. I do understand that time does take you to new places. Thank you for all you did and I appreciate your encouragement and readership.
Have fun above all else.
Meredith

Coral Zad said...

you'll be missed. best wishes. <3 Coral

Leah Q said...

Thank you for your wonderful contributions! I was so touched on LOL Day by how much support there is in this community. Thanks to Hermione for taking the torch.

Leigh Smith aka Sunny Girl said...

OMG, I cannot imagine this community without you. I am not sure we really appreciate just how much you do for all of us.

I wish you the best and thank you for all you have done for me and this "family".

Thank you Hermione for picking up the mantle.

Wilma Rubble said...

All I can say is Thank You Bonnie. You have set the tone for what blog land should be. A caring and supportive community.

You will be dearly missed.

Willie

Julia said...

You will definitely be missed but I get it. Thank you for everything you have done for us!

Michael M said...

Sorry to hear this. You were/are an inspirational writer in the spanko blogworld.
So all that remains to say is goodbye, good luck and may the sun always be on your back.

Autumn said...

I am so sad to see you leave. You were the first to welcome me into this community in blogland years ago when I first began blogging and I can tell you first hand that I was both amazed and honored to be noticed. Your influence has been rich in this community and I hope it continues to be so... perhaps you can do a guest post every once and a while?

Wish you the Merriest of Holidays and a Blessed New Year!

~Autumn

sixofthebest said...

Bonnie, Bravo, Bravo, Bravo. You have been our reigning Queen of Spanking Bloggers.. Of course you will be missed by us all. You have exemplified a beautiful, talented lady at all times. And gave all of us 'spanko's encouragement to go on, in good times and not so ones as well. So Good Luck in your retirement, with your ever loving husband. Of course please keep in touch with all of us, when you wish to do so. Thank you. So here is three cheers for you, with your BOTTOM UP, and PANTIES DOWN. for a good blushing naked rear end spanking into your future years. XXX Luv ya always.

DH said...

When it's time, it's time. Congrats on a great blog well written. ;)

Quiet Sara said...

Bonnie

I didn't really get to know you but I know that you were a big help in this community. Your blog roll of newbies is something I check often. You will certainly be missed but you sound at peace with your decision so I wish you well!

Keep enjoying those spankings and hope to see you again!

hugs
sara :)

Reece Seever said...

I am so sorry to see you go, but wish you the very best of evertyhing.

DelFonte said...

This blog has given me many friends for which I shall say big thank you. Wishing the best. You will be missed.
Del Fonte

grace said...

Enjoy blog retirement! You have been quite a staple in the blogging community and will be missed!

Take care!
HUGS!
grace

Anonymous said...

So sad. I miss coming in each day. Love you.

Cali Mom said...

Wow Bonnie - this is so sad but totally understandable. Thank you so much for being the central hub for us all. Without you and your blog, many of us would not have found each other or this wonderful community.
All the best to you and Randy ~
:) Cali

Erica said...

I have tears in my eyes, truly. I cannot imagine the blogosphere without you.

Thank you for all your wonderful years here, for all your work, for all you've done for the bloggers, including me. Wishing you all the best, and I do hope you'll drop in on some of us now and then. Much love to you!

Blue Bird said...

"I'm so glad we had this time together, just to have a laugh and sing a song (or share a story). Seems we just get started and before you know it, comes the time we have to say "So long!"". I have been in awe of how you do it Bonnie and to realize it has been 8 years?! I am glad I had this last year with you.
Thank you for all you have done and enjoy your retirement.
Will always remember you,
Blue Bird

Underling said...

Hi Bonnie.

This was certainly a surprise, but you've always struck me as someone who knows her own mind and I've no doubt your reasons are good ones. It must be a lot of work maintaining such an active blog, and eight years is a fantastic run. Thank you for being a friend/ favourite aunt/ big sister to spanko bloggers everywhere, and for your unrivalled generosity in this community.

It's great to hear that Hermione is picking up brunch and LOL duties - you're certainly leaving those in very good hands and I'm sure they'll be as popular and successful as ever - but you will be sorely missed! I hope we continue to see you pop up here and there.

Best wishes to you and yours.

U.

Roz said...

Hi Bonnie, this has come as a surprise to me too. You will be very much missed in blogland and I hope you will pop in from time to time. You have done an amazing job maintaining this blog for eight years and I'm glad you are going to leave it up.

Thank you so much for all your hard work and all you have done for our community over the last eight years. I wish you and Randy all the very best going forward.

Thank you to Hermione also for picking up the weekly brunch and LOL Day.

Hugs,
Roz

Blondie said...

This is so sad. Wow1 It seems like a lot of our experienced bloggers are moving on. The information that you have shared has been invaluable. I don't think that what you have offered and given can ever be replaced. You are a one of a kind. I thank you for all that you have shared and for all the times you have responded when I have emailed you a question. Thank you for being one of the original and for helping to open the spanking world to bloggers. You will be missed

Anonymous said...

I've followed you through your blog for years. I've seen others that stayed on too long. I don't think that you did that. With that being said, I wish you well. You will be missed. There hasn't been a day that I didn't follow your postings. Take care of each other.

Jenny said...

Say it ain't so!

I'm sure having someone that you trust who would take over your Brunches made the decision a little easier.

I am a bit of a techie and very detail-oriented, but I don't know anything about how you create the Blogroll or In with the New, but if you can send some basic instructions, I'd be willing to try it. It would be fun to see the newest blogs.

Cat said...

Wow Bonnie...this came out of left field! I don't comment often but I do visit quite a bit. You will definitely be missed but am sure you are doing what is best for you and yours.

Blessings...
Cat

kimskinkykorner.com said...

I STARTED BLOGGING BECAUSE OF YOUR BLOG WOW ENJOY LIFE DONT BE A STRANGER!

maryanne said...

I'm sorry to see you go Bonnie. Take care of yourself and keep visiting. Hugs, m.

Anonymous said...

To echo the other comments, you will be missed. Coming to your blog is part of my daily routine. I always look to see what you have posted then utilize your wonderful blog roll to access others. I wish you only the best. I know this wasn't a decision you made lightly.

C

Sarah said...

Wow!! Congratulations on blogging for 8 years!!! That is impressive. Actually your whole blog is impressive!
Congratulations on this new chapter you're about to embark. Wish you the best!

And thank you so very much for all your posts, your blog roll, your "extras", all your hard work. You're one of a kind and will be missed.

Best wishes always,
Sarah

dave smith said...

Thank you for your 8 years of work! Best wishes...

Irishey said...

Hi, Bonnie. We've seen so many bloggers come and go, but it seems you've always been here. I'm glad to see you are in a good place as you take your departure, and hope to see you pop in to visit various blogs as planned.

I'm also glad to see you are handing off your torch to Hermione. I believe she is the perfect choice to carry on the traditions of launching future community brunches and LOL Day celebrations. I hope you find someone just as perfect for the community blog roll and In With the New.

Hugs and best wishes to you and Randy. May the wind always be at your back (cooling effect, don'tcha know!). ;-)

Irishey ♣

Anonymous said...

Sad news, but all things do come to an end. You were the best... A huge thank you for all you have done.

:)
Todd (of the old American Spanking Society blog)

PK said...

What to say Bonnie, I've told you before, you and your blog completely changed my life and definitely for the better. You will be missed. I'm happy for you and Randy, it sounds like you are happy and that's all that matters. More than anything else I want to thank you for having creative this blog, sharing your wisdom and stories with us and for making me comfortable in my life.

Renee Rose said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you've done. And congrats for knowing when it's time to move on. I am so grateful to you for all you've done for the community--I can't tell you how many "referrals" I get from your site. I so appreciate your being the hub of the community for all these years. Blessings to you!!!!!

Katie said...

You will be truly missed around the land, Bonnie!!! :) Thank you for all of your hard work in helping and welcoming new bloggers, providing links and information for learning and connecting, and for your great posts that bring this community together!! It all is much appreciated!!

I wish you well as you move forward! Blogland won't be the same without you. We will always be glad to see you when you stop by to visit. Enjoy your time!! Many hugs and thank you!!!

<3 Katie

Scunge said...

Bonnie I'm sorry to see you go,but I support your decision. When I was a newbie back in June of 2008 your blog and one other that is also now gone,were the first places I found that I felt safe. So thank you dear Bonnie enjoy your "retirement" perhaps we shall "see" each other on Fet.

RedRump said...

Thanks for the support you've given to so many other bloggers over the years, Bonnie, and warmest wishes for whatever path you choose in life

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your time. You have been very important to so many.

A lurker mostly

Subgirl said...

Thank you Bonnie for all the time you have put into this blog. I like everyone else here will miss you. Your blog has always felt like a "safe" place to go, a jump off point to see other blogs but always a non judgmental environment to return to. Thank you for helping me to recognise that my kink is normal and that the spanko world can be a lot of fun.

My very best wishes to you and Randy for the future, and thank you to Hermione for taking over x

Red said...

Sorry to see you leave, Bonnie, as you were one of my first friends in the spanking blog world... I am glad you will leave your blog intact, and maybe someday in a year or two you will drop by and let everyone know the happenings in your life... Say hi to Randy
bottoms up
RED

Zoe said...

Oh Bonnie you will be missed!!! Thank you so much for everything you have do e over the years for this community. You are very special.

Learning Domestic Discipline said...

Bonnie,

Thank you for all you have done for the domestic discipline community and far beyond. Your time and dedication to this lifestyle will be greatly missed. The community will not be the same without you.

We wish you and Randy all the best!

-Clint and Chelsea
Learning Domestic Discipline

Anonymous said...

I have been a lurker for a few years. Your blog has played a big part in helping me understand the part of myself that wants to be spanked, and reading the brunch has been a regular part of my Sunday routine. Thank you for blogging as long as you have! You will be missed!

Anonymous said...

You're going out on top and the community will miss you and Randy terribly for all you have so unselfishly done for all of us.

Thank you from smartfulcodger

Belle L said...

I still use your blogroll when I am looking for a specific blog and can't remember the name. I have enjoyed your blog, and I want to thank you for the effort you put into helping others by writing this blog. May God bless you and all you love today and may He bless you with many, many happy and healthy years to come. - Belle L.

Dave Wolfe said...

Eight years is a long run and you've done splendidly, Bonnie! Lately I haven't been at my own blog much, let alone looking around at all the others!

You've been very kind to all of us, making connections, showcasing new efforts, and generally letting anyone who thinks "Am I The Only One Who Gets A Thrill Outta This Kinda Stuff??" know she or he is definitely not alone.

I've also really enjoyed your humor and wisdom, and the cutest little round-jean-bottom picture anywhere on the web!

Many, many thanks, and all my best for you and Randy--

"Wolfie"

ronnie said...

Bonnie,

Quite a shock. You will be missed by the whole community. You have to do what is best for you and I'm sure you thought long and hard about this decision. I hope you do pop in from time to time.

You know you can rest assured that LOL Day and Brunch will be safe in Hermione's capable hands.

Thank you for all you have done over the years.

My love and best wishes go with you and Randy,

Ronnie
xx

Anonymous said...

You will be missed!
Thank you for the wealth of info you have passed on to everyone looking into
this lifestyle.
Tia

Darren said...

Always leave them wanting more

Thank you

Anonymous said...

Weekends just won't be the same, without your Brunch; we will miss it, but we are sure `Randy' will continue to give your fine bottom the treatment it needs and deserves; you never gave us even the quickest flash of it,except in those clingy jeans !!!! Happy New Year, and happy spanking. D & S.

Alexandra Ramon said...

You will be greatly missed, Bonnie!

CurtisG said...

Wish this were April Fools Day. For a number of years, I have touched base here almost daily, have deeply valued the community you created and the thought given to the brunches, to the advice, to the assembling of new blogs and for keeping in touch with a wide variety of sensibilities. You gave great thought and imagination to this blog. You will be deeply missed by many. Wish you love and happiness

Mona Lisa said...

Oh no , Bonnie!!
Bas, Rouge and now you...
Without you, Bonnie, this Blogland will be never the same .
Bonnie, Queen of blogland.

Thank you .

Michael said...

Bonnie, dear sweet magnanimous queen of our community, Bonnie.

I am both happy and sad. I am happy because you are leaving on your own terms and doing what is best for you and Randy. I am sad because you have been such an important part of our community and you will be greatly missed, and also sad on a personal, maybe even selfish level, because I will miss you as you were one of the first places I discovered when I started to explore spanking online.

I am so happy that good friend Hermione will be taking over the community brunch and LOL Day.

I know we'll still see you from time to time, Bonnie, so this isn't goodbye but so long. Season and I wish you the best and consider us lucky to have met you and had so much fun.

BIG HUGE HUGS,

Season and Michael - S&M

Kaki said...

Good luck, Bonnie. I enjoyed reading your blog.

chickadee said...

Bonnie, you were the person that dragged my secret little blog out into the open and somehow did it in like three days. I thank you so much for doing that and pulled me into this world that I'd just been peeking in at.

I guess this is a comment for both you and Hermione... 8 years is a really long time. I know you feel like you've already covered this topic or that - and you have - but most of your readers are totally different than they were then. So rehashing all those early topics will be enjoyable for the readers who weren't around to see them the first time around. And even those who were here, times have changed and so have perspectives.

Anonymous said...

Bonnie
May you and Randy continue to reap all the blessings you deserve. G-d blesd you both and those spankings.
houston_switch

Bonnie said...

Everyone - Thank you all for your understanding and support. Your kind words mean more to me than I can express here. So many friends. So many memories.

I don't expect to be completely gone. I'll be around and I'm not going to change my e-mail address.

I'm pleased to report that several bloggers have expressed interest in taking over the blogroll. We'll continue the conversation next week.

Hugs,
Bonnie

SPANKEDHORTIC II said...

This is the first chance that I have had to see this post. It is very sad news and your blog will be missed more than any other in the spanking blogisphere.

I'm sure that many realize that you made blogging so much better, than it is for other subjects, on the 'net.

Prefectdt

Enzo said...

A little late on seeing this post -

Everyone has already said it and more eloquently than I, but it bears repeating, thank you so much Bonnie. All your time and effort over the years are appreciated by so many.

In case others haven't seen it, Season and Michael posted a great and well deserved acknowledgment and summary of Bonnie's work. I highly recommend it: http://seasonandmichael.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/bye-bye-bonnie/

Larken said...

Bonnie, I feel so lucky that you and your blog were here when I first started exploring this thing we do, and meeting people in this community. Thank you for all your time and effort, and especially your wisdom. ~Larken

George K said...

Bonnie, thank you so much for all you have done. I am a relative new comer to this community, but yours is a blog that I always followed. I will miss you, but wish you both the very best. Godspeed.

Blessings and Hugs,
George

Kia Cera said...

Your blog has been a regular stop of mine long before I started writing. You will certainly be missed, though I'm glad to se that many of the traditions you've started will continue.

Best wishes,
Kia

Emi Jones said...

While I understand the retirement, I'm sad to see you go. I've lurked for over two years now, maybe coming out here and there. Take care, thank you for all you've done. ((hugs))
-Emi

Dee said...

You'll be very much missed Bonnie. But all the best for 2014 and onwards :)

Dee x

Ludwig said...

It is always sad to see a good spanking blog closing down. You will surely be missed in our community. But I understand your decision. Everything in life has its time, and eight years of blogging really is enough.

I'll be forever thankful for your invention of Love Our Lurkers Day, which lead to my girlfriend Kaelah delurking on my blog and the two of us becoming a couple. For that reason alone, your blog will always be associated with special memories for me.

I wish you and Randy all the best for the future.

Princess said...

Bonnie I am going to miss your blog so much! I just loved it but I can completely understand your decision. Best of luck to you!

R Humphries said...

Bonnie,

Like many others you were the first to include me in one of your 'Bring in the New' lists and helped me establish myself as a blogger (now semi-retired) ... You have been a wonderful and gracious hostess and will be sadly missed ... Good Luck to you and Randy ... Cheers ... RH

Anonymous said...

I have always maintained that your blog is the true epicenter of the spanking universe, and things will never be the same without it. It has been a RICH 8 years, and your dedication and intelligent approach to this thing we're wired for right down to the double-helix has been enormously appreciated. Bonnie, you will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Be well, and be happy in all your future endeavors. Happy trails.
Love always, JJ

Nick said...

Best wishes. You'll be missed

xo

Nick

Chev said...

The end of an era. I wish I had come to this blog more often, but as Don Corleone would say "There wasn't enough time, Bonnie; there wasn't enough time."

Thank you for the service you have rendered to us, and may you and yours always have plenty of laughter, and may you shed tears only for joy.

Until we meet again.

Claire Colinsgrove, aka 1950s Wife said...

Several days late as I only came across your announcement today. Thank you so much for the hard work you've done over the years maintaining the links list. I don't think I would have generated enough traffic way back when in 2011 when I started my "1950s Wife" blog to maintain my interest in keeping it up had it not been for the traffic generated from being on your list. Your blog has been the number-one referral site to my blog by far over these past 28 months. Thanks again!

devlinoneill said...

Thanks so much for all you've done, Bonnie. You will be missed, and on behalf of my own blogging family, we wish you all the best out in the great big wild world beyond the blogosphere. Take care, and always know you made a difference in countless lives.

Hugs,
Dev

Spanking Theatre said...

You're an inspiration Bonnie, you encouraged hundreds of voices to speak, and helped foster a friendly community of like-minded souls. I wish you all the best, (and many pink bottoms), and look forward to still seeing your name commenting on spanko blogs, whenever that might be!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your eight years of yeoman service to the community. I'll particularly miss your periodic introductions of new blogger. Let's hope someone out there takes up that idea and continues it. But I can totally see how running a blog like yours must take a big chunk of time on a pretty regular basis -- something one might well tire of after doing it for eight years! -- Karl Friedrich Gauss

AngelBrat said...

I'm just now seeing this, as I've been a bit behind on my blog reading with the holidays. I'm so very sad to see you go! But I understand and respect your decision, and I'm proud to have known you from the beginning. What you have built here is a wonderful blog that has grown and nourished our community. Thank you for all you have contributed over the past 8 years, and I wish you and Randy many happy years going forth!
Hugs,
Tracy

MarQe Smith said...

Fully respect & understand your decision Bonnie. Thank you for all your efforts & support. All the very best for the future ... you will be missed & remembered.
MarQe xx

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