Wednesday, August 31, 2011

the end.




and so, we've reached the end.

the sky is big in pasadena lasted through four years of daily photos.  this is the one thousand four hundred and forty-first consecutive daily blog post.  this humble site has seen over 90,000 visitors and thousands of wonderful comments.

i set out to give myself an artistic outlet during my time in seminary, and i never imagined how big it could become.  it has been an incredible journey and i am extremely proud of the result.

but to be quite honest, i am ready for a break.  i'm sure i'll probably start blogging again sometime in the near future - maybe in a different format and certainly in a new location.  i don't know quite what my blogging future holds, but i can say that today's post is the last one for now.


i want to say thank you to everyone who has ever visited, and an even bigger thank you to those who have commented, become daily visitors, or added this website to your blogroll or rss feed.  your appreciation of my work has been what has kept this project going.



and finally, there are plenty of good blogs out there about pasadena and the san gabriel valley.  the sidebar of this blog contains many of them.
 
my favorites are these fine sites.  if you haven't already, please add these incredible blogs to your reading list...

pasadena daily photo (petrea is the best of the best and an incredible inspiration)
glimpses of south pasadena (laurie is also incredible, just further south)
91105 and beyond (newer on the pasadena scene, but lots of fun photos)
all over pasadena (the newest pasadena daily photographer whom i just discovered)
pasadena pio (our public information officer is an incredible blogger and wonderful person)
cafe pasadena (not a daily photographer, but knows and comments on ALL area blogs)
an immovable feast (my favorite local food reviewer)

20 comments:

Chris said...

Thanks for the posts, this has been a great daily reminder of Pasadena since we left. Also, I recently picked up homebrewing, is there any possibility I can get your award winning rye grapfruit ipa recipe that you posted about a while back (quirkzoo at gmail). Chris Nelson

Amanda Mae said...

awwww!! Thank you for all your faithful posts!! There will definitely be a Wideman shaped hole in Pasadena and an even BIGGER hole at PMC. So sad!

JustinM said...

For years, my morning computer routine has been the same: email, ESPN.com, my blog, and then The Sky Is Big to see what the next photo is. It's going to be weeks - possibly months - before I stop checking here. Best of luck to you, and it goes without saying, if a new blog starts up in PA, you have to let us know.

Heike said...

Fare well and THANK YOU for all the great pictures and posts!
You rock!
All the best!

Gina said...

Good luck to you and your family. I have enjoyed seeing Pasadena through your lens.

timmy said...

Thanks for all the beauty you've shared with us, Ben. A giant hole has just been blown in the internet with the end of this blog.

love you guys!

timmy

Bellis said...

What a great photo to end on. It's been great fun checking in on your blog every day, Ben. You did so well to keep it up for so long, but I can appreciate you'd like to stop for a while now. We'll all miss you. Have a happy life in PA, and please comment on some of the Pasadena blogs now and again so we know how you and your family are settling in.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

The end? no, the beginning...Mr Master

Keith said...

It feels so strange to see your blog ending. You've accomplished so much while you've been here. PA's right. This is only the end because it's the beginning of the next phase in your lives. The sky may be big in Pasadena, but the sky's the limit for you. Congratulations, Ben.

Cafe Pasadena said...

In Pasadena, the end always spells a New Beginning. Which is why people continue to come here even before & after the Indiana colonists of the 19th century.

We're all happy for you BW, and the part Pasadena has played in your education & starting your family. And for the contribution you've made to our city through your wonderful, devoted photoblog and life of faith.

Petrea Burchard said...

I will miss you, Ben. Your new community gets the benefit that is you. They'd better be good to you!

Steve Scauzillo said...

Ben, a big bon voyage and well wishes from TempleCityDailyphoto. I will miss your big sky and big heart. Thanks.

Laurie said...

Gonna miss you, Ben. Looking forward to seeing your next blog and following the next stage of your journey.

Devon said...

Hi Ben - I'm Devon from ALL OVER PASADENA and I just wanted to thank you for the mention of my little blog. I have followed yours for a while and am sad to see it go. Good luck with your new position and hopefully you will turn up in the blog world once again.

ben wideman said...

Devon, thanks for checking in! And how about a late "welcome to the CDP family"! I'll keep following your excellent work.

pasadenapio said...

Ben, we will all miss you! Your future holds great promise.

Pasadena Florist said...

I can't believe its over! ah.

Ysabelle said...

Everything on your blog was really nice especially your shots!


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