It’s been a pretty sweet ride here at, but it’s time I mosey on out of town and ride off into the sunset. Maybe a few of you will be sad to hear I’m leaving. Perhaps some of you are happy to see me go. But me? Well, I’m just happy I got to be here.

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Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of writing thousands of articles here. Some of them went over pretty well, racking up all those tasty clicks, positive comments, social shares, and recommendations we writers subsist on. And some of them, well, some of them weren’t so great. No need for me to point them out; y’all already have. Hey, can’t hit a home run every time you swing the bat—ruins the game.

I got philosophical with Mid-Week Meditations, convinced people to ask me for my no-bullshit advice with Tough Love, learned how to survive all kinds of animal attacks, and hopefully helped people prepare for the worst nature (and man) has to offer with my ongoing series on disasters and other emergencies. I got to host videos on creating a smart home on the cheap, take deep dives into the science of happiness, learn and write about photography, and share tips from my travels around the world to places like Japan, Cuba, and Mexico. I even got to share personal struggles, and express my thoughts on writing itself. At, we cover it all, and that means I literally got to write about it all.

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I also got to work with some supremely excellent people. People I’d like to thank from the bottom of my heart. From the editors who took a chance on me and let me run wild with the crazy ideas in my head, to my fellow writers who uplift my spirit and always do their best to put out excellent work—thank you. I appreciate each and every one of you.