The End Of The Road…

Posted on April 29, 2008 
Filed Under Blues News

You may have noticed a severe lack of updates lately. This is because the blog has now closed its doors for the last time. I quit. I’m done. I’m finished.

Something will – hopefully, in time – replace the blog as the main focus of the Joys & Sorrows site but for now, this will remain here as a bit of an archive. After all, I – and many others – have put a lot of work into this place over the last 2 and a half years and page views of nearly 1.4m (not including the forum!) show that it has been somewhat of a success in that time.

I was going to wait to close it until the end of the season but I’ll do it now in case we unfortunately find ourselves flopping around the murky waters of the Championship come mid May. I couldn’t stand the idea of closing it on a note like that. At the moment we still have hope and it’s conceivable that we could stay up by gaining just one more point – hopefully away at Fulham at the weekend. I’m a believer. I think we’ll do it.

Thanks to the generosity of a fellow Blues fan, I’ve managed to get to the last two home games. I was hoping that we’d win one of these – whilst keeping a clean sheet – so that I could round off a project that became a bit of an obsession on a positive note. When Seb Larsson stepped up and hammered the ball past Pepa Reina, I thought I’d gotten my wish – the ideal scenario to ‘end it all’ with a fitting tribute full of overly self-important, vomit-inducing hysteria about how much I love Blues and how much I’ve immersed myself in them whilst writing this blog.

But I suppose, somewhat typically, Blues let me down on that score and the fact that we fell apart so catastrophically and conceded the second in the manner that we did says more about Blues than any victory ever could – still, scratch it all away and we’re left with hope.

Thanks to everyone who has offered articles and comments, or even just popped over for a read, over the last two and a half years. You’ve made writing this blog a pleasure and helped this particular Blues fan be closer to his club that his own personal circumstances have previously allowed.

As I said earlier, I’ll be looking to do something with the site in due course. I’ll be moving to the other side of the world later on in the year and so maybe something Aussie-related will be forthcoming. Time will tell. In the meantime, the forum is still more than active so take a trip over there and get talking on the friendliest Blues forum on the web.

- Aff


One Response to “The End Of The Road…”

  1. connorcam on April 29th, 2008 4:55 pm

    Fair enough.

    Good luck in the future, Aff. :)

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You have arrived at the archive site of the Birmingham City blog Joys & Sorrows. If you were looking for fresh, meaty stuff then this way, please.

This section of the site covers the blog portion of J&S from 26th April 2006 - when the site returned after a catastrophic hosting failure causing the loss of over 500 articles - to 28th April 2008 - when I decided to have a prolonged rest from the site.

Here, if it so takes your fancy, you can find every single article, totalling over 1,000, written by myself and many others over that two year period.

Unfortunately, the formatting on some of the posts is a little rough but since this is an archive, it doesn't matter too much. Nothing is unreadable although a great deal of the links will now, sadly, be broken. So internal Joys & Sorrows links will lead you to 404 errors.

I decided to archive them in this way because I wanted to start something fresh for the main part of the site. Hopefully you'll be able to see that up on the main portion of the site now.

Commenting for the archive section has obviously been switched off. You can flick around the archives by using the 'Find It' function in the middle column or the respective 'Categories' or 'Archives' headings in the sidebars

- Aff, 03/08/08.