I believe I've come to the end of this Napkin Doon project and it's time to turn out the lights on the blog. I don't have any sort of big dramatic reason why, other to say I'm comfortable with this decision simply because creating this blog has accomplished what I never knew I wanted it to accomplish. Plus, I'm getting ready to hit a crazy busy time at work (which come to think of it is most of the year) and we are in the process of building a new house and moving this summer.
When I started this almost 3 years ago, I did it with no discernable goal in mind. I had jumped back into the baseball card hobby full steam ahead about a year prior to making up Napkin Doon, and my collecting perspective was about as all over the place as you could get. I knew I wanted to have cards, to sort cards, to think about cards and to talk about cards. Cards, cards cards.
I also remember what I thought my blog would be about: graphs and analysis. I imagined showing historical pricing of cards and players and discussing whatever those trends might mean. I went out and started buying as many old Beckett's as I could find to help provide the data. This was going to be some serious stuff. I also imagined my blog focusing largely on eTopps. During my years of not actively buying cardboard, I still was sort of involved in the hobby with eTopps. Clearly, neither of those topics wound up carrying the blog, but I'm happy with the topics that did (Cleve's auctions, Sampler Album, silly food tournaments, etc.)
I've decided to wrap it up on March 4 (this is my two week's notice), which is the 3 year anniversary of when I started The Adventures of Napkin Doon. For the most part I've said what I wanted to say, but I still have a few favorite cards that I haven't shown, and a few other posts in the queue that I want to put out.
Plus, I'm not getting out of the hobby at all. I'll still show some cards on twitter from time to time, and be following and commenting on all of the other wonderful blogs out there, even the ones managed by hooligans like The Lost Collector.
I'll save the sappy thanks and goodbyes for the 4th.