Closing Time

I started this blog just shy of 10 years ago as a way to share some of the links I was coming across. I never expected anybody to actually read it, let alone take the time to comment.

Over the past year I’ve noticed that I don’t have the same desire to blog as I once did. I see no reason to keep doing something out of habit when the passion is gone. The time has come to close it down. I will keep the archives up for as long as I can.

I want to thank everybody who has participated in this blog in some way, whether it was a comment or an email to me. You have made what was just a silly hobby into something special that I will always cherish.

Update:
Thanks to everybody for their well wishes. You guys have really touched me. Who knows but maybe I’ll grow bored of the blogging retirement home and come back. For now though I just need a break. If you want to touch base from time to time I may use Google+ more than I have been over the past 2 years and perhaps I’ll use this blog’s twitter feed for something more than just echoing the rss feeds.

181 Comments

  1. Long time reader, want to say thanks for the great blog over the years. Will you maybe give to someone else to take over? I’d hate to think that I won’t be coming here anymore as part of my daily blog read.

    1. This! I’ve been reading this blog for years and loving it. Rather than shut if off completely, do consider “hiring” (paid or unpaid) some Cynical-Cers to contribute posts and make yourself editor-at-large? I’d be happy to do my part for the blog, and I’m sure others would as well.

  2. I understand, and all, but I feel like I just got punched in the stomach.

    I will greatly miss stopping by multiple times a day. Best to you, your family and your gardening.

  3. So sad. Long time lurker, I check in daily for great reads. Is this because of Google Reader? Still hoping it’s an early April Fool’s. You will be missed!

  4. Dang. I understand on burnout/time to move on. I’ll cherish the Cyni-chats and other random goofiness that popped up here. Lots of good folks who comment as well. Thank you Chris and a cheer to all the other Cynics here!

  5. Aw :(. Well, as long as I can still follow you on G+ and you keep sharing awesome links there :)!

    Good work man, I absolutely loved your Daily Dose of Ingersoll series, as well as the random awesome shit that you’d post. Godspeed with whatever you’re doing!

  6. You brought me in with the Ingersoll quotes and I stuck around for the cat and everything after. Thanks for your time! Yours was one blogs could always trust to teach me something.

  7. sad but i respect your decision.
    thank you for the time and effort to keep this running for such a long time, i enjoyed very much.
    good luck with everything.
    oh.. i will miss clicking the bookmark every 2 hours at work..

  8. I will miss checking in for the links, but mainly I will miss the comments from Chris and the other cynics. And it’s too bad you quit now and not in the fall. This is going to be the year I finally get more serious about the garden. I was hoping to use your posts as inspiration, and maybe contribute a picture or two.

    Best of luck, and enjoy your new found freedom.

  9. Thank you for sharing. Your site has given me the desire and confidence to hold strong beliefs and to be unafraid of the truth. When I was linked to your blog by a fellow commenter at Hedonistica, in the wake of that wonderful blog morphing into a lame tech showcase, I was exposed to a whole world of knowledge and a thoughtful point of view that I had never encountered online before.

    I have you and your constant, cynical efforts to point out the hypocritical and inane trivialities of popular culture to thank for helping to shape me into the person I am today. My wife and I will sorely miss reading your insights and comments every day.

    May the Flying Spaghetti Monster bless your life forever.

    Also, you once featured a picture of my sadly-now-departed cat, Pooky, an act for which I’ll forever be grateful.

  10. No way! I came across your site about a year ago and it was one of those rare “OMG I like literally everything this person posts” moments. So yeah, I’m bummed you won’t be around but I understand. Best of luck to you.

  11. I will miss this blog and the (not very) merry band of misfits it housed. Best of luck with what comes next. I’m not deleting this bookmark.

    -Denise

    1. I think is your opportunity to start a great blog of your own Mac! I’ll for sure miss yours and the rest of the Cyni-gang’s witty, intelligent & insightful comments :'(

      1. I actually just bought my domain last month. The blog is linked to here in my name. So far, it is mostly just my terse movie reviews (though there’s about eight years of that), but I expect to expand it into new subjects soon, especially if Cynical-C is shutting down.

  12. Funny that your final post was about hitting the snooze button. I’m going to miss this site, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do; if your heart’s no longer in it, then indeed, it’s time to move on to something you enjoy – we all understand. I’ve only been coming her for about 4Β½ years, but it’s been a mainstay in my daily reading. I could always rely on coming here for links to unbiased news articles (unless they had an Onion logo in the corner, of course!). Good luck on your future endeavors, Chris.

  13. I’ve been a fan of your site for many years, so it’s heartbreaking to know that the lights will be turned off πŸ™ This was always my first ‘stop’ of the day (and many more throughout!) and I’ve throroughly enjoyed each and every one of your posts (and the comments that followed!) Best wishes to you & Cyni-kitty….thanks for providing the best site on the ‘net! πŸ™‚

  14. I blame Google Reader.

    I don’t know where/when I came across this site, but it was always a great site for links and videos I didn’t come across anywhere else.

  15. I’ve always enjoyed your posts. Sorry to see the blog shut down, but I understand if the passion is gone. Hopefully it can be re-kindled in the future!

  16. I’ve never once commented but I’ve been reading your blog for years… thanks for all the great posts, I’ve discovered some truly fantastic videos, sites, memes and happenings because of your blog and enjoyed every question raised.

  17. Damn, that’s depressing. This is my favorite blog.

    I can only go along with everyone else here and say that while I’ll be sad to see this place go, I understand and agree with your decision to not force yourself to do something that has lost its appeal.

    Thank you for doing this for all these years!

  18. This makes me sad as well. You did great work here and exposed me to stuff I never ever EVER would have found on my own. Thank you for your past efforts!

    The only silver lining is that this makes the loss of Google Reader marginally easier to take.

  19. OH NOES!

    I must say that I will miss your blog very much, as it has been part of my work-aversion plan every single day for the past 7 YEARS! Crap. now I must find an equally awesome new site to take your place.

    I may actually cry. I shall miss your snarky self and cynikitty too. Best of luck in your future endeavors and may the Flying Spaghetti Monster touch you with his noodly appendage.

  20. Thanks for some great reads and good fun. Best of luck in whatever takes over the time you spent on the blog. I will miss it.

  21. Well, this comes as a shock. I’ll be sorry to see you go. Of the Liberal/Progressive blogs I visit I’ve considered yours to be one of the most rational.

    May Life treat you well.

  22. What they said. I’ve been visiting daily for at least 6 years, and felt a connection because Sept. 18 is my birthday, and I lived in Boston as a child. I will miss your interesting posts and the motley crew of cynics, but I understand the need to move on. I wish you all the best in life and gardening.

  23. Thanks for the blog, Chris. It was a daily read. Good luck to you. I certainly appreciate all the work you put into this site.
    Mikon

  24. Nooooo!!!
    Oh my god… I don’t know what I’m going to do with a great portion of my days. Chris, you got me through so many work days. I love your blog so much. I’m shocked. I already miss you.

  25. Google Reader claims another victim… or something like that.

    So sad to see you go but I understand the thought process. Hope you don’t disappear from the Internet forever πŸ™

  26. Thanks for the posts and the time you spent dude – been a great site and tonnes of great posts. Wish you the best in your life, and all the things you do with the free time :o)

  27. I was just getting into it! yea i am lying. I have been lurking and once in a blue moon i have put in my 2 cents for many years. i also am one that checked it daily or when i was allowed time to make it to the internets. i will miss checking in. Hope you keep the important emails and spam us later if you decide to start back up or start something new. I blame the WBC

  28. I did the same thing a few years back, and sure enough, I don’t really miss blogging either. Best of luck to you, and thanks for years of reading!

  29. Well, darn. Yours has been one of my favorite blogs for quite some time. Few blogs hit in my wheelhouse like yours does, with frequent posts about magic, skepticism, religion, humor…. I understand your choice, and you’ve lasted much longer than I’ve ever lasted on a blog. Kudos to you, and I hope that the passion returns in the future!

  30. D’oh! Well, thanks for doing it for 10 years. First J-Walk, now this. Where will I waste web time now?

    More time for chess?

  31. Enjoy life!

    I deliberately kept your blog off my RSS feed so I would visit it daily and not lose it in dozen’s of other headlines.

    I’ve found a bunch of other cool sites thanks to you, learned a bunch of cool things and embraced reason thanks to reading you suggested and posted.

    Cheers and good wishes!

  32. Thank you Sir!
    This will make a hole in my sources of interesting material!
    Hope you, your wife and cat the best and enjoy your garden!

  33. I have been reading your site for the last 9 years, and sure enough as soon as you move to the top of my blogroll you shut down. It has been awesome man, and I wish you all the best!

  34. my best guess is I’ve read approximately 1500 pages of this blog or at least 7 years worth of nearly daily visits, and even though I’m pretty far on the opposite end of the spectrum from atheist I’ve enjoyed it immensely. Thanks Chris for all the hard work distilling the internet into its interesting bits it was a great blog and its its end is far worse than the end of Reader.
    Dave

  35. I want you to stick around. I want to see you somewhere, somewhen, on the great, vast internet, and I want to say “Hey, it’s that guy who ran the fun and awesome Cynical-C blog.”

    I want you to be recognizable, because you have made my days more enjoyable with your findings.

    Thank you. Enjoy retirement.

  36. Aww… I will definitely miss this blog! Been coming here everyday for a long time…but I guess all things come to an end…Good luck Chris, and thanks for all the great stories and links. Kudos also to some of the commenters who made me think and laugh through the years!

    See you around the internet…

  37. Thanks for the great links and discussions all these years, Chris! And thanks for sharing Cyni-Kitty πŸ™‚ I’ll miss your corner of the internet.

    Bye to you too, cynics! It’s been fun πŸ™‚

  38. I have to say I’ll miss your blog, but I’m grateful for the effort you’ve put into it over the years. Take care and good luck in your future endeavors !!!

  39. Oh, sure! NOW you guys tell me when my coat is on and I’m about to lock the door.

    Seriously though, thanks to everybody here. I would have probably quit after the first year if you guys weren’t around cracking me up with your comments and death threats.

    I really wish I could say it was an early April Fool’s joke but the truth is I need a break from blogging. I’ve felt like I’ve been mailing it in the past year. Even coming up with a question of the day which had always been fun before had become a chore. You guys deserve better than half of my efforts.

    Thanks again. You have all made the last 10 years something really special.

    Flying Spaghetti Monster bless each and every one of you.

    1. Well I, for one, intend to blindly optimistic and check back frequently… and then perhaps with less frequency over time, in hopes that you’ll still grace us with the occasional post when inspiration strikes. After all, it’d be a shame to lose touch with you completely.

      But I understand, this blog should be something you do because you enjoy it, not because you feel like you’re required to. So in the immortal words of Hoggle, “Should you need us… for any reason at all…”

  40. I understand…I don’t like it but I understand. I haven’t been aware of your site for all that long…2 years maybe. But it was the first site I came to every day when I got home from work. I never checked it at work because it was my little “I’m home for the evening” treat.

    I miss your posts and all the great commenters. Here’s hoping that in 6 months or so you’re re-energized and decide to start this up again. (Hey, a girl can hope, can’t she?!)

  41. Thanks for years of enjoyable posts, Chris! If I were more talented in such things, I would create a “Hitler reacts” video. Let’s just pretend I did. And it was hilarious.

  42. I miss you already! I check you multiple times each day to find out what I should be thinking about.

    πŸ™

    But I understand.

    All real readers of cynical-c understand.

  43. It has been a great run, but all good things must come to an end. Thank you for all the years of interesting and quirky things! And best of luck with the rest of your life!

  44. Chris, thank you for keeping this blog going for so long. I’ve stopped by every day for almost six years now, and I’ve loved every article posted here. It was always good to see a sane blog when I first started browsing in the morning, and checking it periodically through the day to see what came out of your head next.

    Again, thanks for the blogging and I’ll be saving this link for the archives as long as it’s up.

  45. I’ve enjoyed your blog for years – thank you for your hard work, Chris. Thank you too for bringing together like-minded people and their witty comments; I’ll miss the reading lists.

  46. You’ve been the most important blog I’ve ever followed. I’ve commented when I’ve had something to say, but maybe I should have commented more.

    I mean that about being the most important. You’ve had a magical electric turkey slicer over the internet that I don’t find anywhere else. It’s always been vetted to the hilt.

    I should have said it before, though I haven’t held back compliments. You’re sick of the thanklessness and the Google Reader thing just circled it all with a red Sharpie.

    We care and hope for the best for you.

    Don’t quit, quitter.

  47. fare thee well. Others have said it better than I could have, but you created a wonderful place of sanity and appeal to the best parts of me here. I’ve been mostly a lurker, but occasional commenter over the past 6 years or so. Thank you for your work with this blog. I will miss it very much.

  48. Man that sucks to hear. I really enjoy coming here and seeing what you have posted. All the best to you. I’m glad I found your blog so long ago and I appreciate what you have done.

  49. Sorry to hear it Chris, but understandable of course. This was the first blog I ever visited regularly and found many more through you. Thanks for getting me hooked on blogs & this interesting side of the net. Best of luck in the future man! I’ll miss the sane observations of insanity

  50. Aww… I am certainly sorry to see you go, but I understand the reasoning behind it. Still very sad though… πŸ™

    I’ve mostly been lurking here for several years and have always enjoyed checking your site every day. Yours was also the first (and basically still the only) blog I visited regularly. Thank you for many years of laughs and frustration over stupid people and stupid systems.

  51. incoming signals, ursi, j-walk, and now cynical-c.
    It’s always the good ones that have to die.

    Thanks for all the hard work.

  52. This has been one of my favorite blogs ever since I found it several years ago. Maybe because it was such a simple and unpretentious blog. It was just random stuff that some random guy on the internet found interesting. Even the stuff that might be contentious anywhere else, like politics and religion, never really caused all that much trouble here. Probably because it wasn’t really the focus of your blog, so it was kind of harmless. “Here’s kind of what I think about Sarah Palin. Oh, and look! Here’s a picture of a dog dressed like a bee!”

    Anyway, I’m sorry to see you go.

  53. Thanks for so many really interesting posts!
    I have been a regular visitor over the last couple of 2 or 3 years and never been disappointed. I don’t get a lot of time to surf the web these days so blogs like yours have play an important part in my browsing!

    Enjoy the time that has been liberated and best wishes for the future!

  54. WHAT
    THE
    HELL

    no chris no, please no!!!
    i’ll buy you a brand new Bialetti Espresso coffee machine, but please RE OPEN THE BLOG!
    i can’t believe this is real……

  55. I was worried this was coming. There’s not much I can add that hasn’t been said, but I will miss your blog very much and it’s sad to see it go. Thank you for keeping it up for so many years. I’ll miss the regular commenters, too. This place attracted a lot of clever people. Good luck, Chris!

  56. I began reading this blog after a snippet in Time magazine caught my attention and have been a frequent visitor since. Thank you for providing many laughs over the years. My favorite was always you can’t please everyone tied with Cynikitty pics of course. Best wishes!

  57. Thanks, Chris. They say the best time to leave is when the audience still wants more, so I guess your timing is bang-on. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this blog for many years, and will miss it and your comments every day. Good luck with whatever else you turn your hand to, and all the best to you and those you care for.

    Yours in Christ-
    just kidding–

    –Erich

  58. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! First Ze’s site and now you. Et Tu Brute? Thank you, Chris, for YEARS of a wonderful morning tradition. You will be missed. Have a wonderful life.

  59. I doubt you are gonna notice this, but seriously, thanks for the years of cynicism! This was the blog that introduced me to blogs, and usually the first one I check every day. I imagine this is a trend we will have to get used to, first J-Walk jaywalked away from his blog, now you. Anyway, thanks for adding to my days enjoyment for all of those years! Live long and prosper!

  60. Gonna miss this blog, Chris. πŸ™ Always looked forward to seeing what you have posed. It’s more a less an everyday activity, coming to your blog.

  61. That’s a shame, It’s my daily port of call after the news.

    Thank you for creating such a great blog and I worked out a long time ago that it’s not really very cynical.

  62. So you’re saying it’s not for sale?? πŸ˜›
    Thanks so much Chris for taking the time to post and blog. I’ll still be curious to know your yearly reading list.

    Best wishes!

  63. Thank you, Chris! I really enjoyed your blog. I didn’t always post comments, but I always learned something new here. Your input will be missed.

  64. Been coming here since ’05. I stumbled upon it when I was trying to find something “Just right” on the internet. It’s a crying shame, but I understand. Good luck Chris!

  65. Long time reader/lurker. It is sad to see it go, this was one of the blogs on my reader that I looked forward to checking every day. Thank you for the years of awesome links and cynicism.

  66. Aww I’m sorry to hear this news, but in the end it’s really about what will make you happy. I’ll miss making your site my first blog stop of the day. Thanks for bringing to light some interesting and important stories.

  67. Long-time lurker, infrequent poster. I still remember the bitter sting of the ’04 World-Series (why yes I am a Cardinals fan), but was happy that the fans in Boston got the monkey off their backs.

    Thanks for the blog. It was always a welcome respite from the rest of the internet. Enjoy your new found time.

  68. Having grown up seeing the blog-age come and go, this was always one of the better ones. My daily go-to.

    I read the ‘Closing Time’ post yesterday, mourned and yet this morning, still came back by force of habit.

    Any chance you would want to update the blogroll with some sites for us now homeless readers to go?

    Cheers, and here’s to CC. *raises coffee*

  69. Yours was the first blog I started following many years ago – though I don’t think I ever posted a comment before now. Which is just to say:

    So long, and thanks.

  70. I’ve got nothing but thanks and appreciation. Thanks so much Chris for doing a such a great job for so long. Best of luck to you and your family.

  71. I’ve visited your site for the last 4-5 years. I’ve always enjoyed your links and thoughts. I wish you the best. Take care, Chris.

  72. I am also sad about the end of this blog; however, I completely understand. It is amazing how much certain things pervade our lives and leave empty spaces behind when they are gone.

    Best wishes and good luck.

    James

  73. Now that both YOU and John Wallenbach are gone there’s no need to do the internet anymore.

    It was grande. Enjoy your life. <3

  74. first time, long time. thanks for all the posts, been checking your blog daily for a few years now, it was always a beacon of great content! best wishes, peter

  75. Your blog was the first I ever felt like visiting on a daily basis (6 years now). Thanks for all the great posts over the years. You’ll be missed.
    Best wishes.

  76. Dude, you were my first Google+ contact. I haven’t really used it since, but I will to keep in touch with you and your musings. You have really made the Internet a better place for me. Enjoy life and know that you have helped others.

  77. Thank you for all the great stuff, for letting us rant and for helping us all learn more about the world around us – best of luck to you and you will do in the future!!!

  78. Late to the party again. πŸ™

    Sorry to hear the news, Chris, but I wish you the best of everything in the future.

  79. Thanks Chris for 10 years of links, laughs and Cyni-kitty. You’ve been my favorite blog from when I was bored to tears in an office job. My distraction during nursing school and now what keeps me sane after a horrible shift at work. Thanks for everything. May his noodly greatness be by your side!

    Sam

  80. Chris,..You Make Me Sad!!..with This News!…D’oh!
    The Cynical C-Blog has been just a Brilliant piece of work on your part,
    and a “Daily Go To Site” for Me, for the Latest and Greatest
    in Cool Stuff, Social Media Posts, Technology, or whatever…
    You Created A Brilliant Site Chris!!…
    Hopefully You will continue your Blog..
    either here or somewhere else.in one form or another..D’oh!!.
    But I hope to see you Online,…Once Again in The Future..
    in One Form Or Another!!…All The Best Chris!!

  81. Never posted before, but wanted to join the chorus in (belatedly) thanking you for all the great years on this blog. I’ve been following it for…gosh…it must be at least 7 or 8 years at this point. You were always a great voice out there with a perspective unlike anyone else. Thanks again.

  82. Thanks for all of the great years of your blog! Your blog is probably one of a very small handful that I check daily. No I idea what I’m supposed to do now. lol I do hope you come back from time to time, but you definitely deserve a nice long retirement from blogging. πŸ™‚

  83. This was the first “blog” I had ever bookmarked. In a way, it is where I “learned to internet”. Whenever I came back, I was glad to still see it running, always new funny, interesting and sometimes thought provoking content. I knew it couldn’t last forever. But I’m glad it did for so long! I hope you’ll grow tired of your “blogging retirement”. Until then, best wishes for your RL endeavors!

  84. Sorry to see Cynical-c close! I hope I can see you, Mrs. C, and Cyni-kitty around on google plus. Thanks for all the fun times πŸ™‚

  85. Thanks for everything over the years, Chris. Cynical-C has been daily reading for me for years, and I’m sad to see it go. But I wish you all the very best of everything; may life and the Internet bring you nothing but good things. Give Cyni-Kitty a pat from me!

  86. Damn, Chris!

    From my reader I could only see the first line of your farewell post, so I thought it was just a 10-years-I’ve-been-blogging anniversary note. After a few days with nothing new (pretty rare from you!), I finally read the rest, and I’m sorry to see the news.

    I don’t remember how I first found Cynical-C, but you were one of the first feeds I ever followed, and one of the first I checked every day, several times a day. For years, I could always count on your blog to connect me to stuff that I found interesting, funny, or thought-provoking. And all that with no bloat (ads and tired, stupid shit)!

    Maybe it’s a testament to how out of the loop I am, but so many times I’d see stuff on C-C before I’d see it blown up everywhere later that day/week, and lots of times I’d pass on your stuff to others who’d not seen it either. Then there’s the stuff I’d see only on C-C– the true mark of a blog’s value for me. Nice work!

    Anyhow, I just want you to know you’ll be missed in my feed reader (along with my actual feed reader– but that’s another story– ahem!), but I’m glad to know you got what you wanted out of blogging. You actually inspired my fiancee and me to start blogging ourselves (we’re launching soon), and I always looked at C-C as a great example of clean design, interesting content, and a blogger who had his own “voice” but didn’t come across as self-absorbed and smug. Thanks so much and best wishes!

  87. ok I raise: a new bialetti espresso and a 4 pounds delivery of Quarta coffee directly from Italy, you choose the blend at quartacaffe.com. But please RE OPEN THIS BLOG!

  88. Long time reader and lurker here. I’m stepping briefly out of the shadows to say a huge thank you for all your dedication over the years.
    Wishing you and yours all the very best for the future.

  89. So sad to see you go! I’ve been reading this blog for years and made it part of my daily repertoire. The loss will be felt in my daily life. Thanks for the many wonderful years!

  90. Thanks so much for putting yourself out there with this blog and for giving us fellow cynics a place to alternately laugh and commiserate. There have been many times over the last few years when your blog’s been the first place I turn when I need a break.

    You’re the best, Chris. Enjoy your “retirement”. And feel free to “unretire” any time πŸ™‚

  91. Chris,

    Of all the crap out there on the “nets”, by far, you had the most educated and just funny stuff out there. Been following your blog for about 3 years now, and I’m sad to see you go. (Hell, you were one of the many blogs i checked daily during my very few relax moments at work) But nevertheless, thanks for sharing the always unique open minded point of view of your posts. You will be missed and lots of luck!

  92. Chris, you will be missed. I’ve visited your site for quite awhile- loved Cyni-kitty posts and I’ve used Ingersoll quotes elsewhere- thank you for introducing me to the man.

    Great links and great comments have always been found on Cynical-C. I hope someday you’ll post again.

  93. Many thanks Chris,
    I have been following you for what feels like ages so I can understand you’re bored of it (and equally I would not be surprised if the itch to post something comes back one day, so you’ll stay firmly in my favourite list ), In any event, stay how you are and thanks again for all the work. Viele GrΓΌsse aus Deutschland KhH πŸ™‚

  94. We’re stuck in the denial stage of grieving, Chris. You are and will always be a great cyber friend who has given us reason to surf!

  95. So late to the party that this comment is irrelevant. But…

    I was sad to hear the news. After I read this post I spent day feeling 10% like a friend died. Anyway, glad to see you’re back at it. I haven’t missed a single post in 6 years, so I’ll gladly continue the tradition now. Engage!

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