Farewell Bleacher Report: A Tribute and a Thank You

Jeff HarbertSenior Writer INovember 2, 2008

“So many people and things in and out of my life; some will last, some will be just now and then. Life is a series of hellos and good-byes.” – Unknown  

This is a time for good-bye.

After eight months of writing for Bleacher Report, I have decided it’s time to part ways. From the time I published my first article on Feb. 4, 2008 to a couple of days ago when I published my 99th article, I feel like I have come a long, long way.

I am indebted to this Web site for all it has done for me, and I am grateful to each and every person who has helped me along the way. Bleacher Report has served as a platform for me to practice and hone my writing skills, as I strive to improve my journalism abilities as much as possible. It has given me a link between the two things I love most—sports and writing.

But after writing 100 articles, the vast majority of which were about football, I have decided it’s time to part ways with this flourishing community. It was not a sudden or hasty decision; in fact, I have been planning my departure ever since August, when I vowed to walk away after reaching the 100-article milestone.

I was simply sacrificing too much time to this Web site, and I feel I need to focus my time and effort on other things. I have no regrets, however.

I feel proud of what I have accomplished during my time here. I have amassed over 76,300 article reads, received over 750 comments, earned 28 fans and 41 Pick of the Day votes as well as two Pick of the Day articles.

Most important of all, however, I reached my own target of writing a century of articles, a goal inspired by seeing World Football Community Leader, Andrew McNair, reach 100 articles soon after I had joined this flourishing network.   

“Without goals, and plans to reach them, I am like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” - Fitzhugh Dodson

And now that my ship has sailed towards my intended destination, and I’ve achieved my goal of 100 articles, it’s time to say farewell. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at Bleacher Report, and I feel privileged to have been a part of the development and growth of this Web site, especially the World Football community.

I am extremely grateful to each and every member of this community who has helped me improve and progress as a writer. I probably wouldn’t be this far without all of you.

When I first joined Bleacher Report, an established writer by the name of Salaar Shamsi helped me slowly assert myself on the Web site. I am truly grateful for his help, and it has been a pleasure being the Manchester United co-community leader with Salaar. His 474 articles say it all.

A fellow American by the name of Joe Guarr has also been a huge help to me, and especially this Web site. He and Thomas Leemon, another phenomenal writer, have made huge contributions to the MLS community, and I personally take great delight in seeing the growth of American soccer. Good job, guys.

A dedicated Manchester United supporter, Keith Griffin, has also been a huge help to me during my time here on Bleacher Report. Before getting caught up with his studies, Keith produced some top-notch articles and has always been a great support to me here at B/R.

And there are many other great writers here on B/R as well. The World Football section would not be what it is without people like Andrew McNair, Shyam, Salomon, Alex, Mark Andrew, Yoosof, Barney, and Ricky. All the best to you guys.

And finally, I can still remember opening my e-mail one day and receiving a letter from Zander Freud, the Community Director of Bleacher Report, requesting an article about a specific Manchester United topic.

I wrote that article, which was followed by another one, and eventually by 98 more. His help while I’ve been here has made all the difference, and I am grateful for everything he’s done for me at this site.

I would also like to thank everyone who has read my articles. What good would they be if no one ever read them?

And lastly, I would like to thank anyone who has at any point criticized my work. It’s because of people you that I feel motivated to feel improve my writing.

Thanks everyone, it’s been great. Farewell and all the best.

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from one of the greatest sporting legends ever.


“Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan