This is a difficult blog post, because it may be the last one written on BreakDrink.
BreakDrink stated just over 4 years ago with the goal of providing news and online professional development for student affairs professionals. It was still early days of social media so we seemed to be pioneers of sorts.
Over the course of the past 4 years a lot has transpired. I changed jobs, now have 2 children (ages 3 and 1), and started a doctoral program. At the same time there has been a plethora of blogs, podcast, video shows, etc for student affairs professionals. BreakDrink is really no longer needed like it may have been 3-4 years ago.
Ending BreakDrink brings up several feeling. I have a feeling of happiness and pride as it was somewhat successful. I have a sense of failure it never became something more, especially since some of you donated money to get it started. Generally I am sad it has come to an end. BreakDrink was a labor of love. Thought it cost me to run it and I never made a dime, it paid in the large amount of life long friends and colleagues.
There are many people to thank, and I apologize for leaving a few people out.
Gary– When I sent an email over 4 years ago about a web project I wanted to start, Gary was the only one that replied. Soon after we started the first Student Affairs Podcast.
Erin Weed– For being our first guest.
Julie– For generally awesomeness, being a friend, and adding a great perspective.
Jeff Lail– For always saying yes, and willing to try new things. I miss podcasting with this guy.
Laura Pasquini– Great friend, doctoral therapist, and all-around tech all-star.
Adrianne– Who was an early editor of the site.
NACA for their partnership
Bruce – For giving BD and identity with the logo, and jumping in on the #CTCX podcast.
Eric Stoller– The first guest caller, blogging about us, and general friendship.
The Cronk– for humor, guest, and collaboration.
Don White– For designing BD 2.0…it would have looked awesome.
The EDUSports crew
All who donated via the crowdsourcing campaign
Elizabeth Van Lysal
And many, many more that have listened, called, presented at conferences, and supported us through the years.
I’m not sure what will happen to the site. I will be canceling the hosting contract, but will try and eventually archive the site somewhere. The podcast should stay on BlogTalkRadio for awhile, and I will leave the YouTube channel up.
I will miss my time and space on the internet, but time to call it quits.
–Jeff Jackson aka Papa BreakDrink