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So, I’m Leaving West Hartford

Posted by whforums on January 27, 2009

I guess you never really know the direction of your life.

When I started this blog, I had recently returned to West Hartford after having been away for a long, long time.  After reading WH Dad’s blog, and seeing it suddenly disappear, I decided to try to continue the conversation he started.

But I’ve become increasingly unsettled with this project, in part because I’ve realized I have the wrong format for what I’m trying to accomplish.  My goal is to form a town green – not a place where I post and others respond, but a place where all post and all respond.  A blog format doesn’t efficiently do what I want it to do.

And this, really, was just a gnawing at the back of my brain.

At the front of my brain, my wife and I had begun sticking our toes in the housing market.  The result was that we found the house of our dreams and the interest rate of our dreams (and I think the right long term investment) in another greater Hartford community (Bolton).

I want to make it clear – I’m not leaving West Hartford because of taxes (I’ll be paying the same amount where I’m going), and I’m not leaving West Hartford because of the schools (test scores where I’m going are essentially the same).  I’m not leaving to protest town government or because I’ve been otherwise forced out financially.  I’m leaving because of opportunity.

I have to be honest. When we first decided we were going to move, my thoughts scattered re: this blog.  Even though I haven’t been able to shape it as I’d hoped, I’ve enjoyed writing it.  And in the back of my mind, there was a voice that said “You know, you could do this from afar.”  But at the same time, I knew this would be disingenuous (at best), especially when West Hartford is served by so many other blogs.  And when I combined that thought with the gnawing at the back of my brain, I knew it was best to let it go.

In about a month, I hope to launch a new site that allows me to pursue more regional interests while fostering both local and regional conversation.  I’ll still be writing about West Hartford (among other things, and if from the outside), and I’ll link you to the site once it’s up.   In the meantime, this site will remain, and you’re of course welcome to continue ongoing conversations.

Thanks to all of you who have made this site a vibrant and welcoming place.  I’ll miss the site, and I’ll miss West Hartford (though, to be honest, I think my wife and I will still be in and out once or twice a week).  As I rationalize, I’m considering this the rough draft.  I hope you’ll follow the next revision.

All best, and thanks.

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13 Responses to “So, I’m Leaving West Hartford”

  1. Kevin Walsh said

    WHForums, while you may not have accomplished all that you sought to with this blog, your efforts nevertheless created a usually informative, often thought-provoking, and always entertaining virtual “town square”. I am grateful for the opportunity to have taken part in the dialog, and I am sure I am not alone. You will be missed.

    Congratulation on your new opportunity, and best of luck in Bolton. I will be sure to keep tabs on your new regional site.

    Now, who here has the tech savvy, the energy, the willingness, and the patience to pick up the torch?

  2. iBlog said

    West Hartford Forums,

    You did a wonderful job under the most trying of conditions: reporting news; sharing your thoughtful opinions and how you arrived at them; and doing your best to keep a civil and useful dialogue going.

    The best of luck in your next adventure!

  3. Judy Aron said

    I am de-lurking just to wish you lots of good luck and may your new home bring you much joy and happiness.
    I have enjoyed your blog and the comments you elicited.
    As a fellow blogger (Consent of the Governed), I can appreciate the time that you put into this blog.
    Thanks for your efforts.
    I look forward to visiting your new site.

    Bolton eh? …. Home of Munson’s

  4. Joanne Peluso said

    I have enjoyed your blog and wish you all the best.

  5. Mary Fleischli said

    West Hartford Forums,

    Thank you for all the work you put into this blog. It was always informative and I appreciated the respectful tone you set for the dialog you started. I wish you the best in Bolton and I will certainly be interested in your future blog, especially if it is more regional.

  6. Best of luck in your new endeavors!

  7. kate r said

    hey, wait, no, I only just found you.

    ok ok will be an adult now….
    Hope the move is a good one.

  8. kate r said

    and Bolton Blog is alliterative so when you settle in, you’ll have to go with that instead of “forum”

  9. sujal said

    good luck. really appreciated the effort you made here.

  10. iblog said

    Warning: Shameless Self-Promotion

    All who wish to continue a civilized dialogue about West Hartford schools, budgets, taxes, politics, race relations, and the like are always welcome at http://www.iBlogwesthartford.blogspot.com.

  11. whforums said

    Just wanted to thank all of you for the kind words.

    New site is in process — two weeks is a guesstimate for going (probably somewhat brokenly) live.

    @Judy: Yeah, home of Munsons — and the Bolton Ice Palace (of all the places I’ve lived, I’ve never lived anywhere with a palace — that I’m aware of). And not much else. We can hear horses neighing from our front door.

    Such that: This will take some getting used to.

  12. Kevin B. Sullivan said

    Thanks. You will be missed. Blogs are funny like that. What begins as a conversation often becomes a pair of monologues. (That’s why I was the first to have a blog in state government and after 6 months shut it down.) All and all, you did one of the better jobs I’ve seen. More important — good luck to you and your family in your new home.

  13. Greg said

    Sorry to hear it; your voice will be missed. Enjoy your new surroundings.

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