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1 June 2008

LittleNomad.com Is Shutting Down

Location : Reading, UK.

So the time has come....after almost 2 years of contemplation, I will really be shutting down this blog on the 13th of June with no intention to start blogging again. As of this month's Friday the 13th, it would have been exactly the 5th birthday of this blog. It has been really slow and hard for me to decide on this matter and to come to this decision because this blog was an integral part of my life for most of its existence. I started this blog way back in June 2003 to start recording my travels simply because I didn't want to physically carry a pen and journal with me. Then for the next 3+ years I was actively blogging, about 2 or 3 entries per week. It takes up a lot of time to crop the photographs, think up of silly stories, edit my entries, including code modification, organisation, etc. For the last 1+ years, I have just contemplated on and off again about shutting down LittleNomad.com. Finally, I'm really going to close down the blog and break free from blogging forever. As you can see, these days I'm hardly blogging, not because there is nothing happening or nothing to say but I just don't have the time nor presence of mind to blog. The blogger in me is dead...and so is LittleNomad.com.

I was also hesitant about closing down the blog because LittleNomad.com had been recording events in my life from which I would not have remembered otherwise. Looking back, it's been a really eventful 5 years. I don't know what's going to happen in the next 5 years but I'm sure there's more good and bad times to come...that is if I make it! =) I don't know where I'm going or where I'll be in 5 years' time. All I know is I'll definitely get there...

So to all the regular readers of this blog, THANK YOU so much for your support and encouragement all these years. I'm sorry to have been so slack in blogging the last 1.5 years but I think I'm all blogged out. I pray and hope you guys are having a good life or at least working towards one. Here are my last words...which could be of use to some of you guys, as you have probably learnt from reading my blog - more like words of advise which you probably don't need! =)

  1. live everyday as if it was your last day.
  2. every passing minute is another chance for you to make it right! have no regrets - better to have tried and failed rather than not to try at all. and if u decide to try, make sure it is your very best effort so you won't have any lingering thoughts about how you could have turned the situation around.
  3. treat others how you would like them to treat you.
  4. if u meet good people, keep them because they are really hard to find.
  5. if you meet people that hurt you, ask yourself if it would make a big difference if they existed in your life or not. if not, then chuck them. there will be instances when it will be better to not have them in your life at all than for them to be continuously there, shooting arrows at you.
  6. money can always be earned back so don't fret about spending too much or losing track of your finances.
  7. at the same time, learn to save because there will always be hard times ahead. in other words, live in moderation unless you strike the lottery or marry a Paris Hilton.
  8. love with all your heart, mind and soul. if it fails, love AGAIN with all your heart mind and soul.
  9. without passion, you may as well quit dreaming - a man without passion is like a candle without fire, or light.
  10. without a dream, you may as well quit living - remember, the future is ours to invent.

It is going to be harder for us to keep in touch, especially some of us who know each other in real life, that may have been using this blog as a communication platform with me. You're going to have to write emails to me once in a while...which is a whole heckuva lot better that the deal our parents had, when you come to think of it! They had to write snail mail that takes forever to reach it's destination. The email address I use for this blog is below, but some of you who know me in real life would already have my real, other email address.

ripcord_littlenomad
at
yahoo
dot
com

Right. I don't know what else to say. I'd better sign off before tears start forming in my eyes...and I pretend to blame it on the onion I'm cutting for dinner.

Posted by Ripcord at June 1, 2008 11:33 PM

Comments

Dude, don't forget to email me your database lah.

Posted by: Tim at June 2, 2008 02:37 AM

The virus struck you too...
I've barely found time to post anything now...
Take care and if you ever ever start a new blog let us know :)

Posted by: kevin at June 2, 2008 02:43 AM

Hey man it is really sad to hear that this blog will go offline... it has been extremely entertaining..

and if anyone marries a Paris Hilton .. Im sure they will be an instant bankrupt ehhehe

but lets look on the brightside we still have social networking sites which you can subscribe to ehhehe.. (that is if you beleive in it)

And you do not have to code anything there, nor crop ... so get your arse on FB if you can ....

Goodbye LittleNomad.... Hopefully BigNomad will come soon

Posted by: brains at June 2, 2008 02:19 PM

Oh yah will you archive Littlenomad on a free site where we can still go back and re read the postings and relive the moments?

Posted by: brains at June 2, 2008 02:30 PM

Now, there are a lot of Blogger out there.
Itīs time you surprise us with another way of comunication.

I'll remember this moment when the first Blog that i knew is shutting down!

Free Nomad!

Posted by: Gerardo at June 2, 2008 03:49 PM

OOOH NO! I will really miss your blog -big time! You know why!

Posted by: Charlotte at June 2, 2008 04:55 PM

tim : i've got it backed up on my local hard drive but got a friend telling me that there's a lot of useful info in this blog and i should keep it online. pressure! =)

kevin : no intentions to start blogging again...unless if i start travelling long term again after i strike the lottery. u never know!!!

brains : i'm archive it but dunno where yet. "relive the moments"...haha, that's funny!

gerardo : glad to know u found out about blogging through this blog. we'll have to keep in touch other ways, hombre!

charlotte : i'll miss this blog too... :~(

Posted by: Ripcord at June 2, 2008 10:46 PM

WHAT THE F....................K!!!

Ed, dunla close this blog. My suggestion is to leave it open. You don't have to post every once in a week. You can post maybe once in every 2 weeks or once in a month or heck, whenever you feel like it. No one is asking you to post regularly, right? Just post when you have the time or when you have something interesting, right guys?

This blog is really great to keep in touch with you and to see what interesting things you have been doing in your life. Even now that you feel that there is nothing going on presently, but who knows in a month or so, you might have something interesting to say? Please don't close this blog, Ed. It's part of our lives now. Just blog when you have the time but don't just stop blogging.Pluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuseeeeee!

ARRRRGGGHHHH!!!!

Disgrunted Fulat from M'sia

Posted by: Matt at June 3, 2008 02:02 AM

Retain the domain name. I'll host it. I've got 500gigs on my server space that's going to waste.

Posted by: Tim at June 3, 2008 03:04 AM

Bro..pretty sad u gotta shut down littlenomad..but hey, Facebook is awesome too..anyways do keep in touch and we must go surfing again together with ur freakin hot chilli padi..All the best and god bless

Posted by: isk at June 4, 2008 07:10 PM

Diu lo....
Good bye Littlenomad.
Surf trips ed.

Posted by: Jd at June 6, 2008 10:33 AM

you guys are making it hard for me to close down the blog! but it is still going down as scheduled...

matt : haha...u have a point there - i was also trying to keep the info in this blog in tact because some friends have said they use it to get information on places i have been. but u can always email me for that!

tim : thanks for the offer.

isk & jd : stay in touch man...would be nice to hear from u guys once in a while.

Posted by: Ripcord at June 8, 2008 10:06 AM

it has been a great fun ...following your journey around the world...

and to 'know' you here...

take care and hav lots of fun!

Posted by: zbjernak at June 10, 2008 11:18 AM