I’ve been putting off writing this.
It’s kind of insane for me to be so sad, considering it’s basically like moving out of one house and moving to another, nicer house a block away.
But every time I move—and I’ve done it at least 20 times since I was about 2—I have to say goodbye before saying hello. Even the times it’s been only a mile or two away, I’m such a sentimental type I have to thank the place for the good times and let go of the bad ones so they don’t linger for the next resident. It’s a ritual and I’m a baby about it.
And Jill of all Trades has been so, so much more to me than any home ever has been. This was the first place I self-published any of my writing. It was the first place where I connected with strangers because of my work and my ideas. It was how I honed my sense of humor, tested out my abilities, met dear friends, faced my own weaknesses, and learned what was important to me. It was how I learned to engage with the world in a mature, honest way. It was how I learned how to open my heart.
This website—this silly blog that started as a blog about work stories, featuring shoddy stick drawings and stripper bears—has been literally the longest commitment I’ve ever made to anything in my entire life. It’s been an enormous part of shaping who I am today.
And even though I’m SO excited about Comic Wisdom, and I think it’s an important next step for me as I develop my career, I know that once in a while I will look back and I will miss Jill of all Trades. I’ll miss the curly-q font in the image header, and the dumb rotating tagline, and the comments section, and the freedom to do basically whatever I want, whenever I want.
And certainly, I’ll miss the handful of readers I know simply won’t be interested in Comic Wisdom and won’t follow me there.
I wouldn’t do this if it weren’t the right decision—trust me, I’ve labored over this—so I don’t want the takeaway to be sad. I’m truly thrilled about my new site, my new direction and the opportunities it could bring me, not just for success but also for more connection, more readers, and a more meaningful publication. I’m excited to meet all the new people this venture will introduce me to. And I’m really, really excited for the opportunity to better use the skills I’ve learned here at Jill of all Trades.
But before I go, I just want to say thank you to everyone who’s supported me over the years—my regular readers, my occasional readers, the old ones and the new ones, my family, my friends, the brands who took a chance on me (I hope you found my influence helpful!), the other bloggers who answered my questions and had my back, and all the people who’ve said kind things to me about my work (every drop of this has meant so much more than you realize.
I’m a writer, and I fancy myself a comedian, but at the end of the day what matters the most to me is the people, and the connections. And even though I only made like 3 cents a day here, the humanity I’ve experienced—brace yourselves for the cliché—has made me truly rich.
I hope you’ll come see me over at Comic Wisdom. And if you feel sad, just remember—it’s not goodbye, it’s just…toodle-oo.
A little about Comic Wisdom:
The news is exhausting. The world is a shitshow, the major news outlets are a joke, and I’m not the only American who relied far too heavily on Jon Stewart to find out what was happening in the world (before we lost him to retired beard-dom, may he chill in peace). Who the hell has the energy to keep up with it all without going totally bananas or getting insanely depressed?
No one, that’s who.
That’s where Comic Wisdom comes in. We’re here to provide insight into it all, with a sense of humor. Many of our posts are written by our founder Samantha Clarke, and we also regularly interview or chat with other comedians, stand-up comics and humor writers and bloggers too!
You can check it out now at www.comicwisdom.com, and be sure to subscribe for email notifications! The Grand Opening is Saturday, July 30th, and will feature our first interview with comedian and co-host of the White Wine True Crime! podcast, Caitlin Cutt. If you subscribe to Jill of all Trades, you will NOT be automatically subscribed to Comic Wisdom, so be sure to go do that now!
If you follow me on Twitter, don’t worry—I’m just changing my handle. The only thing that will change is that it’ll say Samantha Clarke @comic_wisdom instead of Samantha Clarke @jilldetrabajos!
Looking forward to seeing you around!