It is with a heavy heart that I address you today to say ‘fond farewell’. Having allowed me to rule your roost for over two years now, my time at Sift has come to an end. My last day at the helm will be Friday 2nd September.
When I first appeared as your community manager I was (nearly 3 years) younger, naïve and incredibly inexperienced. Now, as I prepare to pack my bags and head off for adventures new I am certainly still a bit naïve from time to time but you have helped to shape my experience and bring out the very best (and sometimes the worst) in me.
We’ve laughed, we’ve disagreed, we’ve even shouted at each other on occasion, but overall, and as my colleague here remarked the other day, I have laughed more than I have despaired, and it is this that I take with me.
In your own ways you have all touched my life and I am sad to leave you. You have supported me when I have been at my lowest and you have reassured me through some trying times and I hope I have always been there for you as well. I have tried to be fair and fun and to work with you to create a place that we all look forward to being a part of.
I had no idea what I was taking on when I took this role, but I have learned so much about myself and indeed about people in general. If I have ever failed you, I hope that this will not be my legacy, and instead I hope you will continue to remember me fondly, in your own way, as I will you.
Thanks for the poems, the pictures and the chocolates (you know who are you are!).
All the best to each and every one of you, please continue to play a part in Aweb, remember to play nice (yeah right!) and I’m sure there will be another ‘me’ along in the near future to guide you on your Aweb path.
Bye for now folks
(If anyone is interested, I am taking the logical step from Aweb community manager to secondary school English teacher. After you guys, it will be a breeze!)