I hate it when a series ends midway through its run, leaving everything hanging. But that’s kinda how I feel now, because after two years of TV blogging, this is my last post.
No, the bosses of good taste didn’t yank me because I actually like “Jersey Shore.” Nor did the indignant Rascal Flatts fan club orchestrate my ouster. I just happened to get a new job at a certain newspaper in San Jose, where my focus will shift from TV to tech news.
I started this blog a little more than two years ago. For years previous to that, I had been having e-mail conversations with friends — often ridiculously detailed — discussing the latest episodes of “Lost” or “The Shield” or “Amazing Race” or any of a dozen others. In writing the blog, I never thought of myself as a critic; I always thought of it as an extension of those conversations with friends, me sharing my thoughts and opinions, and others sharing theirs.
In a way, it’ll be nice to be able to kick back and relax and watch shows without a critical eye. But I’d be lying if I said I won’t miss blogging and the interaction. The blog was always a bonus, something I did in my free time between my full-time job on The Press Democrat’s copy desk and trying to have some semblance of a social life. It wasn’t always what I wanted it to be — I would have liked to have had timelier recaps and reviews, there seem like a million subjects I never got to and my ramblings often needed an editor — but it was always fun to write. I hope you all got a sense of that, and that it was fun to read too.
I want to take this chance to thank all the readers who’ve followed the ol’ Warm Glow, whether it was every day or once a month. Starting out, it was my goal to get more readers than the weekly fishing report. Thanks to you, I crushed that fishing report. Thanks especially to the commenters, to Calbooster04 and Dar and RonaldBreeze and the many others who provided feedback. Whether supportive or snarky or even obnoxious, it was all appreciated.
As my parting thought: Go watch something great on TV. Check out some “Mad Men” or “Breaking Bad,” “The Wire” or “The Shield,” “Veronica Mars” or “Terriers.” We’re living in a golden age of TV, and there’s something for everyone if you just look hard enough. I’ll consider my job here a success if just once I turned you onto a show you wouldn’t have otherwise watched.
Finally, keep checking this blog. As Yoda once said, “There is another.” (Had to throw in one last geeky reference.) I can’t say anything official yet, but hopefully there will be a new blogger taking my place very soon. Stay tuned and be nice to him/her.
I’ll leave you with a couple of parting videos: The final scene from “Northern Exposure,” which might be my all-time favorite TV ending, and the greatest hits from “The Wire,” because it’s the coolest thing ever (and the language is extremely NSFW).
Thanks everyone, see ya. (Don’t forget to watch “Game of Thrones” in April!)
Seriously, if you’re listening at work, put on headphones for this: