As promised, the link to a new blog. The title is from one of the quotes from the Lord of the Rings (film) trilogy that resonates with me the most:
Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide.
And this is where the LOTR references will end.

No they won't, and you'd better not be hoping they end either.

GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING before officially moving out... I suppose you can unfollow this blog as I highly doubt there will be new posts coming out of here in the future. You can follow the new blog if you want to, but if not, then I suppose it is farewell.

Abrupt end.

 The idea to call it an end on this blog crossed my mind once about a month ago, but then struck me again about a week ago and has not left me since. Don't worry! I'm not having a breakdown, I will not shave my head, although I have been tempted as my hair is growing so fast that every few days, I need to keep changing how I do it.

Blogger has changed its aesthetics a lot, and I have tweaked my template too far from Blogger's default, and too much to be able to know how to give myself access to new features such as replying to individual comments. This might sound a bit contradictory, but I would like to have a more default layout in order to give myself more ability and flexibility to customise.

As I think about the subject matter of my earlier entries, four-ish years and three hundred or so random, inconsistent posts ago, I can see that my online identity has evolved greatly. This is a reflection of how my general identity has changed - I clearly don't see myself as much of a contributor about things that are outside me, and I prefer posting entries that are more self-reflexive, and in this way, I am still comfortable with being a contributor, however, of my own insights.

I have enjoyed these years that I've been posting over here. I think that by looking at how miscellophaneous blog has changed, you can see a general focusing and clarifying of my thoughts and of my interests. Thus, it is with a sense of excitement for things to come that I will leave this blog and start afresh somewhere else that will further encourage this focus and this 'changed' me.

Through writing this, I have realised that I don't really see it as "an end on" this blog, as I have defined it in my first paragraph, and I encourage you not to think of it this way either. This is a bit analogous to the farewell scene at the end of the Return of the King:
Galadriel: The power of the Three Rings is ended. The time has come... for the dominion of Men.
Elrond: [in Elvish] The Sea calls us home.
Bilbo: [smiling] I think I'm... quite ready for another adventure!
[Bilbo climbs on board with Elrond. Galadriel follows with Celeborn]
Gandalf: Farewell, my brave Hobbits. My work is now finished. Here at last, on the shores of the sea... comes the end of our Fellowship. I will not say do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.
In this analogy, I would be Gandalf and/or Frodo, and you, readers and friends, would be the three Hobbits. But this scene consistently makes me cry, and this is not goodbye. I would rather it be considered as "a moving away from and into shoes that fit better".

This is the penultimate entry. In the next entry, I can't say when, I will put a link up to a new blog (most likely on Blogspot) and make private my previous posts.

   THANK YOU   :-)