Big Fat Blog Bids Adieu: April 1, 2009
To the community:
After much consideration, I've decided to cease writing at Big Fat Blog as of April 1, 2009.
It's been a long and incredible journey. A little 5-page website I put up to support my college lecture on sizism back in 2000 ended up being - for a long while - the largest fat acceptance blog on the web; the site lived on to see a community of nearly 3,000 people sign up to join in the fight for fat acceptance and fat rights. I've always, always been impressed with the level of discourse and incredible intelligence of our members.
2008 was a big year of change for me professionally and personally. As has always been the case, BFB isn't my day job. I was able to devote a lot more time to it in the past than I am now, and rather than allow the quality of the site to decrease any further I'd rather simply stop.
The struggle for fat equality is, in a word, hard. But I've been encouraged by things such as the BFB and Fat Rights Coalition (nee COFRA) Think Tanks, the formation of the Fat Rights Coalition, and the number of blogs that have sprouted up. It's pretty amazing to think that just about 9 years ago it was BFB and a bunch of nothin'; now it's hundreds of great resources, written by smart, sharp folks. I hope people are willing to take that activism offline and make some positive change in the world.
Thank you, everyone, for your support over the past 8 1/2 years.
Now, some questions:
So what's going to happen from here?
Effective immediately, no new member registrations will be processed. (As there are a fair number of unprocessed registrations, this is essentially retroactive to early December, 2008.)
As I said at the outset, I'll still be publishing articles to the blog until April 1st. The frequency may pick up a bit. After that point the site will remain up until October 1, 2009, at which point it will go dark; this will allow the Forums to continue on - they've generally seen more activity than the blog itself in the past few months.
What about Big Fat Index and Big Fat Facts?
Both sites will also go offline on October 1, 2009.
What about my data?
I will destroy all personal data (databases) and backups that I have the ability to delete after the site shuts down. I will not sell the data at any price.
Feel free to ask in the comments below, and I'll do my best to answer.
Thanks again, everyone.