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Resignation

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JSmith

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Nine years. I've been a part of GA for just shy of a decade. I've seen it grow from only a few forums and some scattered author websites to a community of thousands of people across the world with millions of visitors every month. I was member 937 to join the site. GA is now approaching the 25,000th member. I joined this site on a random Wednesday and it turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. The people I've met through this site have guided me and made me who I am today and I couldn't be more thankful. Without them, who knows where I would be.

 

From the first core group of regular chatters, I was hooked. Viv, Snowdog, Myr, Robert, Lugh, Nate, Krista, Vic, and so many more that I can't even list. They were there to listen to me bitch about high school homework, my first crush on a boy, getting my drivers license, my first relationship and subsequent breakup, graduating college, moving across the country God knows how many times... they were there to listen to me and help me through it. They gave me advice when I needed it and told me to grow a pair and man up when I needed that too. Meeting up with them in San Francisco and Dallas was a blast, but having them guide me through some of the roughest parts of my life was more than I could ever ask for.

 

I will be officially stepping down in all areas across the site. I will no longer be a moderator, admin, or board member for the parent company. It's been an amazing nine years, but I can no longer hold up my end of the workload and need to part ways to allow someone else to grow with the site as much as I have. The growth this site has seen is nothing compared to what else will become of it. The teams running everything behind the scenes are dedicated to making this site the best possible place for everyone when it comes to gay fiction stories, and I have no doubt it'll continue to grow for many years to come.

 

Without trying to sound like I'm accepting an award of some sort, I'd just like to thank everyone on the site that has made it what it is and made me who I am. I'm truly grateful for all of the conversations and guidance you've all given me throughout the years. I'll still be around from time to time and may even take a stab at writing some more, but for the most part, this is my final goodbye to Gay Authors. It's been a great journey, but it's time for me to move on with my life and see what else awaits.

 

Good luck to everyone on the site. I hope you find happiness and gain as much from being a part of this community as I have.

 

Joe

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Bye Joebo.. :( although you have a concave ass I'll still watch you leave. ;) 

 

I've missed you over the time you've spent away. I know people become busy and all that, but I'm sure you'll try to pop in when you can. You did good work here and should be proud of that too. GA wouldn't be where it is today without you, so take that accomplishment with you, it is a nice one. 

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Joe, I'm shocked yet understand that life sometimes takes you away. Not necessarily a bad thing.

 

Since I first joined you have been a great help to me through out my stages here at the site. I have always listened to you and am appreciative of what you have given of yourself.

 

Hope you won't be a total stranger. You will be missed :(

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:hug: Thanks for giving me a chance to know you, Joe :) I think you were an extremely level-headed eighteen-year-old when I first met you here and I've never had a reason to change that positive opinion. Good luck with whatever you intend to do next! :hug:

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Best of luck for the future Joe.

 

Although I don't know you as well as many others on site, you will be missed :hug:

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:o You will be missed around these parts. :(

 

Should you decide to take that stab at writing once again, I'm still here if you need someone to bounce ideas off of. Or someone to just BS about it with - that works too. :gikkle:

 

In any case...take care of yourself, Joe. :)

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Thanks for the work you've done so far. Hopefully the current team can continue to grow the site.

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Thank you for everything! Wish you all the best in your future ventures. God bless.

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I think of all the times you held my hand (metaphorically, unfortunately) when I was first promoted, and all the times you posted chapters for me or helped me get through the tangled web that was our old software package.  I often talk about how awesome my team is, but you were the secret member in the corner, the closet member, who made so much happen for me.  I am truly grateful for all your work, and even more than that, for the pleasant and charming person that you are. 

 

There are times when we have to move on to more important, or different things in life.  I'm sad to see you uninvolve yourself here, but I totally understand why you're doing it.  Best of luck, my friend. 

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