February 11, 2011

Adieu. For Now.

Yes.

You read it correctly.

Today is my last day as a blogger in this particular space.

Why? Well..I'm so glad you asked. When I began this blog five years ago (yes..it'll be 5 years here shortly), I dreamed that it would be an oasis. An oasis of resources for those who, like me, wanted to live a fabulous life on a budget.  And it was that...for a while.  I was a bit ahead of the curve with recessionary blogging because...well...I was broke BEFORE the economy officially tanked.  It was always my goal to bring a fresh voice to the blogosphere and, for a while, I believe I was successful. Fast forward to now and I feel that I'm a Broke Socialite who has lost her way...in the blogosphere.  I began to feel myself conforming and doing what other bloggers do. Read: my KRYPTONITE. I've become far too comfortable (and sometimes lazy...ouch! Those were my toes...) and that simply is not my style.

The good news is that there is a plan in place. I have been fortunate enough, with my blog as a platform, to build a brand.  Isn't that what most of us want to do? Build brands. Make a living. (See the Blackberry commercial below...) I believe the practice of blogging has evolved and I want to be on the front lines of the next wave. Social media is personal to me and I think that I've just the voice to usher more change for us all.

What I most want NOT to be is the socialite who overstayed her welcome...*clutches virtual pearls*  You know the one: sloshing around full of martinis, stumbling over couches, speaking loudly etc. It's not a good look.  Virtually or otherwise. Yikes.

I am grateful for your support. Every comment. Every post. (Lurkers, y'all too:-))

It's time for me to "Exit. Stage Left." from The Broke Socialite as you know her.

I'm NEVER the last one to leave a party but I'll start one in the blink of an eye.

Stay tuned.

I love you all and I leave you with my personal anthem! Dance with me, won't you?

Shameeka

38 comments:

  1. And the page turns....
    this is going to be fantastic for you and i think you recognize that in the most humble of ways.
    I wish you the best of luck in everything you do and i can wait to see what is next!

    BisousBisous,
    Miss Kelly

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  2. You leave the blogosphere with a wealth of info and a memoir of the fun times you had blogging.
    Change is good and what ever you are up to I know is even better than what we could imagine.

    So glad to have met you through the blog. I feel like one of the lucky ones ;-)

    xoxo

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  3. I'm looking forward to what's next! I know it's going to be exciting and fun. Reinvention is the key excitement!

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  4. Oh wow. I can't wait to see what's next for TBS. ;)

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  5. Well if it weren't for this blog, we may have never met and developed the friendship that we have. You know I will support you in whatever you do. All the Best!!

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  6. Momma Ayers! I encourage you with what I told someone last year. In order for GOD to move you, he must REMOVE you. So, this decision is bittersweet, but I know something great is in the works. You know my support is here!


    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  7. Wishing you all the best as you turn the page...and pull some new crayons out to create!

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  8. Nooooo! I'm still dancing to one of my favorite anthems 'Just Fine'. Change is inevitable! The way in which you have built your brand with such fervor, ambition, enthusiasm has inspired more people than you fathom to know; me included. Thank you for your authenticity in all that you have done thus far in the blogosphere. I as well as many others can’t wait to see what The Broke Socialite has in store for us. The statement “You will be missed” can not be used in this instance, for many of us (your readers) know that you are in the midst of granting through your brand, The Broke Socialite, more groundbreaking lifestyle events as well as continually building the brand you have established. Thank you for virtually and for those fortunate enough to have met you, personally granting us with your presence. I’ll be keeping my eye out and ear to the ground for what you are to do next.

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  9. It has been such fun reading your blog. I only "virtually" met you last year, but I can't wait to see what's next. Such a gracious exit, and I'm dancing with you!

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  10. I will miss you!!! I love this blog, but I know you have so much up your sleeve!! Love ya, and I will STAY TUNED!

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  11. So glad I had the opportunity to meet you via your blog. I pray God's best in all your future endeavors! Can't wait to see what exciting things you have on tap !

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  12. I am looking forward to hearing what's next... I've been reading and lurking every since forever the 1st post I read of yours was about your ShakaZulu Christmas tree LOL! Your evolution has served as a great inspiration. Good Luck, I plan to stay tuned for the bigger and better things!

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  13. We understand and you'll be missed. Why? Nobody did it like you!

    You know 13700 is ready for the ride!

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  14. I almost feel like the teacher has left the classroom!:) It's was the TBS brand that attracted everyone. It was your personal brands, You, Eric, and "the boy" that drew us in. I'll be following every tweet and FB post to see what you're doing next and support you. And just as Great Auntie Maya Angelou told Auntie Oprah, "These people can't hold a candle to the light that God has shining on your face!" "toasting with virtual martini" Love you Shammeeka!

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  15. Yikes! Understood, but, where will we find you? Twitter, I suppose, as I pay no attention to Facebook. It's been lovely getting to know you.

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  16. I am excited to see what is next for you Shameeka!!

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  17. It is always sad to say goodbye, so I just say see ya later. I know this the beginning of something wonderful. Please keep us posted. Hopefully one day we'll meet in person.

    Blessings to you and your new adventures.

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  18. So funny! This is my first day on this blog. I just found out about this blog today and today you are leaving! I believe I found this blog for a reason and I too wish you well.

    www.wife2010.com
    W.I.F.E Why Isn't Forever Easy

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  19. I, too, will miss you, yet I thoroughly understand when one has to move on to bigger and better things! I look forward to your next venture that I believe will be even better than this one! I hope that you will stay in touch because I really would like to know about it, even though, I only came aware of this blog less than a year ago. Here's a departing virtual party for you (throwing pretty, colorful virtual flower-shaped confetti with noise makers going off and twirling sparklers)!

    Be Continually Blessed!

    -pearls

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  20. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us next! Good luck!

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  21. You've done your job blogging and you've done it well. Change is a good thing and I can't wait to see what you have in store for the social media world! We'll be watching:-)

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  22. I'm excited to see what's next for you! Whatever it is I know it will be great. Best wishes!

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  23. Wow, I feel so tardy to the party... I just started following you a year ago. I look forward to whats next and wish you the best!

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  24. First class all the way. I am exciter about your next venture. Thank you for all the inspiration and glad to see you doing this your way, first class, of course.

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  25. I just got here and now you are gone! I feel like the little kid at the end of School House Rock who said: "Darn, that's the end!"

    However, if it is meant for me to join you on the next leg of your journey, I'll be at the pick-up spot...on time! All the best!

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  26. Wishing you nothing but fabulousness and success, my friend!!

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  27. I saw this earlier but could not comment from work. I will miss you but look forward to the next chapter as you continue to build your empire! Onward and upward!!!

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  28. I will miss your blog but look forward to the exciting things you have planned. Please keep us informed.

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  29. I just met you! I look forward to getting to know you more in your next chapter. Please stay in touch.

    Coco
    COCOCOZY

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  30. This was my oasis for my home design ideas!!!!! I'm just happy to have had you this long and can't wait to see the big things popping for you in the future!

    And hope to see you again, soon

    akilah

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  31. Good morning :)

    I just found out about your blog via Atlanta Magazine, and now you're gone? :(

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  32. i'm a lurker...sad to see you go. you've done good - can't wait to see what's next. cheers to you.

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  33. Good luck with your new ventures...and glad that you still managed to build your brand. :) Looking forward to seeing where you pop up next :))))
    God bless all the things you do.

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  34. Loved meeting you and attending Lavish. Hope to see you around ATL soon.

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  35. We'll gonna miss you...and I'm gonna stay tune for more of your post.

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  36. You're going to be missed, I've been following this blog since my work at Disney Hotels. Good luck on your new venture.

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