Pulling the Plug

by Jeff Jackson on November 18, 2013


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.

Keegin and Coleman– for the CUAD podcast, and Justin (ACUI) for partnering with us. BTW Keegin and Coleman is a great name for a podcast.

NACA for their partnership

Dr. Jamie and Ed– For the On Duty podcast.

Bruce – For giving BD and identity with the logo, and jumping in on the #CTCX podcast.

Sarah, Shawn, and Sue– for running the Daily Dose without any support.

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
Gary Ballinger
Jeffrey Lail
Kevin Prentiss
Eric Stoller
Lorrie Alvarado
Jamie Workman
Grace Fama
Michael Breitner
Julie Larsen
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Christopher Conzen
Joe Ginese
Sean Cook
Gary Ballinger
Gary Ballinger
Weidong Zhang
Edmund Cabellon
Laura Pasquini
Kerby Mickelson
Doug Smith
Edward Gilhool
Niki Rudolph
Elizabeth Van Lysal
Adrianne Dahms
Kevin Cleary

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

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

SarahHCraddock November 18, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Aw…sad to hear…but totally understandable. I’m glad I got to be a part of something so great 🙂


JenniferKeegin November 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Much love to all of the BreakDrink family and to Jeff for pulling me in starting with presenting online. Big props to you Jeff for starting something amazing. Now go continue to be amazing as a student, a friend, a husband, and a father.


SAT Classes in Pune November 25, 2013 at 7:18 am

as We Became Habitual Of Your Blog So It Will Be Difficult For Me & My Student Too.
But New Beginning needs To Leave The Old Behind…
IELTS Classes In Pune


CronkNews November 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm

You built a fun, engaged community, Jeff and helped us find an audience when we were brand new. I remember how nervous I was before talking to you and Gary for the first time. Thanks for everything you’ve done to bring people together. ~Leah


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