Each morning (if I have the time) before I get into the swing of the day I usually click on over to PinkIsTheNewBlog.com to see what exciting things Trent Vanegas has blogged about whether it was to do with entertainment or his own personal life. To say he is my favourite blogger is an understatement, he’s more of an inspiration for me. I’ve followed his blog for nearly ten years and Trent Vanegas has supplied me with countless hours of entertainment.
This morning I began my day off work with checking out Pink is the new Blog to read this post in which to both my surprise and devastation, Trent has announced he would be leaving the blog he started 10 years ago. Needless to say it truly is the end of an era.
I’ve been thinking about this particular blog post for some time and now that I am sitting at my computer, writing out these words, I find it difficult to to formulate what it is that I have to say. I suppose the best way for me to get the ball rolling is to treat this news as if I were ripping off a Band-Aid. After September 30, I will no longer be writing Pink is the new Blog. The reality of this fact has been a weight on me for months now and I still haven’t come to terms with it but finally sharing the news with all of you today not only makes it “real” but it forces me to truly begin to process what is about to happen. I’ve been writing this blog professionally for 10 years and I’ve been in the practice of daily blogging for over 12 years … and for the first time in over a decade, I find myself at the end of one chapter of my life and at the beginning of another. I’m sure there will be many questions and I will do my best to answer as many of them as I can. I’ll begin to enlighten further below and will to the best of my ability be as open and honest as I can in my final weeks as author of Pink is the new Blog.
I have to preface my comments about my leaving Pink is the new Blog with the heads up that I am not truly at liberty to discuss many details about what is going on. I can say that my decision to leave PINTB was not mine. A few years ago, the decision was made by me to sell the site to a company that made many promises in the hopes that PINTB could live on and thrive for many years. The deal was a very good one … at the start. Then, matters beyond my control began to adversely affect the health of the blog and well, those matters never really got better. Because I was no longer the one calling the shots, my goal was to keep my head down and continue to write the blog on a daily basis to the best of my ability, with the dwindling resources available to me as I saw fit … as I had been doing from the very beginning. There was no real support and no real investment in the health and survival of the site — and I know that you have noticed. To be honest, I don’t even want to go on about the negatives and I surely don’t want to air grievances here on the blog now. I have always been as honest and as transparent as possible with my blog so maybe I’ll tell the whole sad story elsewhere, at a later date. For now, I just need to get the information out there that this will be my last month writing Pink is the new Blog (a small number of close friends know this news already, the vast majority of my friends do not). Starting October 1, the site will be authored, managed and edited by someone who has never written a single thing for PINTB in its over 10 year existence. Again, this decision was not mine to make. I have been invited to participate with the site in a very limited capacity after my last day of September 30 but I honestly can’t see how that would be a wise decision for me. I promise, I will share more about what is happening and how it is affecting me in the next couple of weeks but for now, I just want to publish this post — have the information “out there” — and begin to move forward.
As I was procrastinating the writing of this blog post, I opened a fortune cookie that read:
I try to keep my heart and mind open to signs from the universe and I am choosing to take this as a very positive message about what’s to come in my life. As I said, I’m sure some of you will have questions and I will do my best to answer them if possible … if not here on the blog, then elsewhere. I’m a bit shaky as I near the end of this post and get closer to pushing the “publish” button so I’m just going to post and run. Maybe the best thing for me today will be to put the news out there and then stay away from my computer for a few hours. Haha. I don’t know if that is possible but I think that’s what I’m going to try and do. In any event, I will be back to blogging as usual tomorrow. We still have a little over 2 weeks together here on Pink is the new Blog and I really hope to make them FUN! The only thing I’ve ever wanted to come from this blog is pure, unadulterated fun. Let’s see if we can have a bit of fun while we still can.
Words cannot express how sad this news makes me, not to mention how angry I am to hear that the heart and soul of such an iconic blog is being moved aside for someone who has had virtually nothing to do with it during its highly successful 10 years.
Trent Vanegas, unlike most entertainment bloggers always wrote with integrity and respect, while showing that to be an entertainment blogger you didn’t have to be a bully either. Personally this is what has always made Pink is the new Blog stand out from the rest.
I’ve followed the blog not because of its content but because of the person behind it. So needless to say in two weeks time when Trent writes his final post, I will have one less blog to read. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way too.
So Trent Vanegas thanks for 10 amazing years and where you go we will follow.
Peace The Fork Out!