And Here’s To You, Clay Morgan


 

In case you haven’t heard, one of the coolest blogs out there is calling it quits. I’m talking, of course, about EduClaytion, run by the inimitable Clay Morgan. Whatever he’s got in the works is sure to be great, but I’m going to sorely miss his posts.

I owe a special thanks to Clay. Way back when I was a first-time blogger who didn’t know what the hell she was doing and was too shy to connect with others, Clay was one of those who helped me start networking. When my 80s Childhood post was Freshly Pressed in 2011, his was one of the first blogs I found through my comment thread. And I discovered that other people were out there who liked the same things I did. They were much more articulate and more clever than I was, but they made me feel welcome and gave me encouragement.

In fact, I’d have never found most of my favorite blogs and bloggers were it not for Clay and his infamous March Movie Madness tournaments and other interactive features. Of course, I got my ass kicked in the first round every single year I played, but that wasn’t the point. There were laughs, tears, and plenty of banter to be found every time I visited EduClaytion. I made new friends and discovered even more awesome blogs like Ellie Ann, Susie Lindau, Ironic Mom, and so many more. And that’s the truest mark of a great blog to me: one that brings people together.

Of course I wish him the best of luck in whatever he has planned. But, from my point of view, there’s a lot to thank him for. And plenty of back issues if I ever want to get nostalgic.

Clay, thanks for being not only a great writer and blogger, but for helping me come out of my shell and discover a side I never knew I had. I also need to thank you for never laughing at my A-Team obsession or my tendency to be stuck in the 1980s (or for that matter, any of my posts.) You’ll always have a friend…and a fan…here at Prawn and Quartered.

As I think the old saying goes, so long, and thanks for all the Fish That Saved Pittsburgh. You’ll be missed, muchacho.

 

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~ by Howlin' Mad Heather on May 10, 2012.

10 Responses to “And Here’s To You, Clay Morgan”

  1. I’m really going to miss EduClaytion. =(

  2. He asked me to guest post for him when I first started writing. He is an awesome guy and will be missed around the blogosphere!

  3. I can’t believe my comments are not going to spam! Woohoo! It gives me a glimmer of hope that Askimet is finally learning who it is tangling with….

  4. I tend to find out about excellent bloggers as they are in the act of retiring from it.

  5. Wow Heather, I’m seriously touched and not in an “if you know what I mean” way. It’s always fascinating when you learn how other people view you and what you do. When it’s in a way like this, the experience is wonderful and humbling. SO glad we connected and you’ve been a part of the fam. You do great work here. Keep at it. We’ll never let the 80s die.

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