Goodbye, Addison Road

On March 1st, Addison Road will be officially archived. It has been about 2 years since this place was really alive, but it deserves better than to fade away into the darkness. It deserves a dignified death. It deserves to be laid to rest.

For those of us who used to hang around here, the blog served as an ongoing diary of the end of our youth and the beginning of our adulthood. Between the years of 2005 to 2010, we blew into our 30s, bought homes, had kids, changed careers, and started the business of building roots and a sustainable future.

It served as a record of our evolving faith, grappling with theology and church life, sorting out how to have careers in ministry in the midst of being perpetually disappointed by the institutions we were serving. We became parents, and started to see the world through that peculiar lens. We became more conservative in some ways, more liberal in others, and more confused in almost every area. We made some music. We made some art. We wrote some prose, and some poetry, and some prayers. We poked at the larger world to see what it was made of.

If you want to start at the very beginning, the first post on the whole site is from April 8th, 2005 and you can find it here: Opening Salvo. If you want to read through the whole history, you should set aside 2 or 3 days. The search bar on the right will take you to a google search of the whole site, or you can poke through by categories. Maybe some of you will link to your favorite posts in the comments (or ask us to link to them, Sharolyn).

I’ve always thought of this place as a perpetual backyard BBQ, where you hang out with friends late into the night, and talk about things both stupid and life-altering. We don’t do that as often, even in our real lives, as we did 5 or 10 years ago. That space has been filled up by other things, maybe to our detriment. I want to find out where it went, and make a place for it again, but I don’t think that will happen here. The season of Addison Road being that place has ended.

Here’s what will happen on the technical side. The site will still remain intact, but instead of being alive and breathing, everything will revert to a static page. You will no longer be able to post new content. It will remain online as an archival record, but you won’t be able to post any new comments. I’ll remove the WordPress software and the database (which have become perpetual targets for hackers and spammers), and the site will remain in its current form for the foreseeable future.

To all of you who made this place what it was, thank you. I appreciate the time and thought you poured into it. That you decided to take this little corner of the internet seriously (and not so seriously) meant more to me than I can say. I’d like to think that someday our kids might pick their way through some of this stuff, and it might help them understand a little better who their parents are, and how they came to be that way. And if it’s you kids reading this, be charitable, be gracious, and think of it as a time capsule recording the steps we walked into the grownup world.

Until then, farewell. God go with you, and fill your life with blessings. May your table always be full, may you walk with friends beside you, may you work hard at something worthwhile, and may the world be a better place for your having passed through.

Goodbye, Addison Road.

13 thoughts on “Goodbye, Addison Road

  1. Gretchen Lee

    Love this and love you. I think this is an incredible time capsule to leave our kids. Thank you for your gift of words, prose and thought. I have grown to know you, and love you more, through this website, as odd as that may seem. I have so enjoyed taking walks through ideas, arguments, dreams and creativity with you and all the Addison Road crew.

  2. Stick

    To have people we got to know on this blog become sure-to-be lifelong friends (and maybe even family if we play or kids’ cards right) is a case of real life intertubes magic.

    Thanks Mike and the Roadie crew.

  3. Sharolyn

    At some point soon I will sit down with a mug and read lots of Addison Road. In the meantime, here are some random thought about the blog:

    1) What Stick said. I think we have shared space with the Stecklers three times (?) and I am glad we know them so much more than that, thanks to the internet. Cerise is my favorite person I’ve never met.

    2) Before Addison Road, the college friendships had been dormant for a few years. (I have said the following too much, but not here:) I found AR when I googled “Aly Hawkins” in 2006. It was during a 6-month maternity leave, a bout of cabin fever and a bit of postpartum. The blog was of great comfort to me. I was reminded that I am not alone.

    3) Two posts stand out to me that I wrote (this is self-centered). One is “Honk If You Love the Fourth (oops, First) Amendment” because the church parking structure is such a bookmark in our church history, and I am still bewildered that church and state worked together, specifically my church and my state’s branch in Pleasanton Unified School District. The other is “Rote or Wrong”, as the manboy I write about, Marc, very recently arrived on US soil. After years upon years of three boys serving in the military, my friend Cindy took down her blue star. We thank God for that (in a very literal sense).

    That’s all for now. Gretchen said it best in only four lines.

  4. chadreisser

    I’m still all messed up because of AR. I have this insane notion, forever embedded in my mind, that the internet is a place that is totally personal, intimate, safe, challenging, funny, comforting, and stimulating. Although I haven’t posted here for too long… I am deeply reluctant to see it officially “archived.” Thanks for this.

  5. June Steckler

    Thank for the link, Mike. (Posted on my fb art/writing page today….which turns my stomach a little. Oh, facebook.) And yes, what Brian and Gretchen and Sharolyn said. Sniff.

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