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I could start by saying this will be my last post here at Lady Business, but I hope that would soon prove a lie.

It’s been nearly five years now since Renay, Jodie and I first started talking about starting a blog together, and during that time my life has changed considerably. Five years ago I was getting ready to start my MA in Library and Information Management; although that was a busy period for me, I was much better able to manage my workload and still write regularly than I am now that I have a rewarding but often exhausting full-time library job. Add to that my perpetual confidence issues when it comes to writing for a more polished and professional venue and the result was a level of contribution far below what I hoped for when Lady Business was first launched. In its turn, this led to a permanent state of angst and guilt over not being able to be more involved, which brings us to where we are today. I’ve been on hiatus since the start of the year to make sure that whatever decision I came to in the end would be the right one for my life, and I’m now as certain as I think I’ll ever be.

I’m sad to announce that I’m stepping away from my formal role in Lady Business. This place will always be close to my heart, though, and I hope you’ll see me here again as an occasional guest poster or co-reviewer before too long. I can’t thank Jodie and Renay enough for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this: their support, editorial feedback, and the excellent standards they set as writers and critics have taught me more than I can say. They helped shape my intellectual trajectory in ways that will stay with me forever, and I’ll continue to look to them for inspiration for as long as they continue to share their work with us.

I also want to thank you, our readers, for your friendliness and recs over the years. Lady Business exposed me to corners of fandom I hadn’t come across before — it was great to find communities full of people as passionate about sharing stories, about feminism and about cultural criticism as I am, and whose general outlook and attitude made me feel at home. I’d love to keep those ties alive. You can still find me on Twitter as [twitter.com profile] nymeth, and I’ll continue to document my reading (and occasional TV adventures) at my more informal reading journal, things mean a lot. Do stop by and say hello if you want to — I'd really like that.

I wanted to end this goodbye of sorts on a celebratory note, with a list of some of my favourite contributions to Lady Business over the past four years and a bit. I’m proud of all the posts I wrote here, either on my own or in collaboration with others, but the following particularly stand out in my memory:

Thank you all, and I hope to see you soon.

Date: 2015-05-27 09:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] calissa
Self-care is something I struggle with, so I really appreciate the courage it takes to step away from here and move towards looking after yourself better. I will miss not seeing you here more often, but I look forward to the occasional post and will still see you on Twitter.

Best of luck!

Date: 2015-05-27 09:23 am (UTC)
goodbyebird: Parks and Recreation: Leslie's adorable nicknames for Ann. (P&R she definitely loves Ann)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
Sad to see you go, but sounds like you're making the right decision for you and that's what matters. Best of luck ♥

Date: 2015-05-27 12:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dolorosa_12
As I said on Twitter, you'll be missed here, but I'm glad you're making the right decision for you. Best of luck!

Date: 2015-05-27 05:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bookgazing
'I hope you’ll see me here again as an occasional guest poster or co-reviewer before too long'- yup, count on it. Open invitation is open :)

And look at all the amazing posts you made. When you shared the list you were going to link to I was amazed how great it was without even including some of your posts that are still getting the most hits after years. Your greatness at LB goes beyond this list and I'm sure people are going to continue enjoying your content at long as it's here.

Date: 2015-05-28 02:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theliteraryomnivore.wordpress.com
Oh, Ana, I know this is a hard decision to make, but I'm so happy you've found a way that works for you. It's hard, giving up things we do love but don't have time for, but it's amazing how good it feels to have that weight off your shoulder. Godspeed, my dear!

And you'll see plenty of me on Twitter and on your blog. I cannot be gotten rid of. :D

Date: 2015-05-30 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingtheend.pip.verisignlabs.com
Of course I'm sad to see you go, but I know we'll keep up the nerdy book talk in other places. You've been the best here, as you are in every place you write, awesome lady!

Date: 2015-06-07 02:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] myfriendamy
aw it's so hard to say goodbye to well loved projects but sometimes we have to. I'm glad you'll still be on the internet, though!

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