Thursday, April 22, 2021

The end of an era - the goodbye post

 As one door closes ...

This is a picture of our front door. It’s a door that has had many people through it over the years, most of whom we’ve never met given we only moved into the house a year ago.

Recently this door was used in a commercial. For a full day our lounge room and driveway were filled with cameras and a production crew, with trucks lining the streets, as a team of people did multiple takes, from various angles, of a make-believe family walking in and out of our front door. Apparently our front door is just the right look for a bright and shiny new lifestyle development in Canberra. 

As I ponder the future of my blog, I think it is much like our front door. It too has had many people through it over the years, most of whom I’ve never met, and it has also been a gateway to a bright and shiny lifestyle. A lifestyle encouraging travel, health, happiness, and a youthful approach to ageing positively.

 The door to my blog has been open to the public for eleven and a half years. I’ve welcomed people daily to view my little patch of the world. It’s been a great space for me to express, share, encourage, inspire, and motivate.

But today my friends, I close the door. 

It’s time for me to make space to try new things, to dedicate time to old things, and to find other ways to connect with people. Because as one door closes, another will open and when it does, I’d like to have the time and energy to take hold of the opportunity as soon as it presents itself.

It’s the end of an era. Today marks the official end to Deep Fried Fruit. 

It’s time for me to say goodbye to this faithful friend who got me through my entry to mid-life with joy, frivolity, optimism and, most importantly, introduced me to so many new online friends who I would not have met otherwise.

Just because I’ve shut my front door, doesn’t mean you can’t still wave to me through the windows. Follow me on Instagram and by all means, if you feel we have a connection, send me a friend request to Leanne Shea Langdown on Facebook. I’m always available to chat, share photos, meet for IRL catch-ups and I will forever remain your faithful cheerleader.

Let’s mark this final Deep Fried post with one last Lovin’ Life Linky.

Much love to you all


Deep Fried Fruit 

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  1. Oh Leanne, it truly is the end of an era. I was a lot more regular before than in this past year but it’s always sad when long term bloggers close their doors. Bittersweet for us all. Still following you on Insta of course. Best wishes for everything and thanks for hosting this link up

  2. I am always torn on reading posts like this - I want to protest and I want to respect your choice!!

  3. Dear dear friend and blogger, Leanne...thank you so much for your blog, your blogging friendship and one IRL. Congratulations on all that Deep Fried Fruit has done for you and been for you as a person and blogger since you were, if I recall, turning 40. Love knowing you are making the best choice for you. Looking forward to seeing what you are up to on line via other media. Thanks always for your support and mention of my link up...yikes! I am the last one far as I know in Australia. Denyse x

  4. Leanne, I feel sad to see a longtime blog and link up end. Thank you for hosting all these years. I wish you all the best. Selfishly, I hope you'll return to blogging now and then to give us a long update. I picked up the baton from another longtime blogger and started hosting the weekly Weekend Coffee Share link-up this year. Everyone is welcome to join.

  5. Hi Leanne - how sad to see another Midlife blogger leaving the blogosphere - but I totally get it. I've been at it for 6.5 years now and I'd be very surprised if I'm still around in another couple of years. I think blogging has changed and so have those who blog - the reasons we started are long gone and life takes us in new directions. I'm holding on for now but definitely blogging a LOT less than I did in the good old days. Good luck with all your new ventures and all that life ahead holds for you xx

  6. Hi Leanne, it's a big thing letting go but there will be so many other opportunities now you have the time to embrace them. I haven't blogged in a long time myself but I haven't closed the door on it yet. I think you know it's time when you're done. Good luck for the future and I look forward to seeing what you get up to next x

  7. I can imagine that was a massive decision for you, but as you say, sometimes closing a door means another one gets to open. All the very best with what is next.

  8. I can't believe I'm saying bloggy goodbye (I'll still flit around in real life occasionally and on your Insta!).I've been kicking around with you weekly at least for 9 of those years. I totally understand you need a break and to move on. You were daily for so long. I don't know how you did it! I wish you luck with all your new endeavours (and I hope we see you back from time to time...just for a visit or update). I hope the new things are successful and rewarding, and the old things continue to delight and bring joy. Know that you will be missed in this space, and you've sent a little ripple of sadness and instability through the bloggesphere as goodbyes so often do. Go well, my friend. See you on the socials!

  9. Just also wanted to shout out to Denyse for letting me know the news on Twitter. I was stunned! But very glad for the opportunity to swing by to say goodbye. I really appreciated it Denyse, but I guess you knew I would (and that was why you did it).

  10. Oh, I've only just seen this and I'll miss you though I'm not blogging much nowadays either. The blogging world is certainly changing. Even book bloggers seem to be a dying breed with many just moving to short Instagram reviews.

    I'll know I'll continue to connect with you elsewhere but you've been a mainstay for a while now and - as my own blogging journey has faltered - a cheerful voice in the background. You seem to be happy with life though and I'm looking forward to see what you do next! xxx

  11. Retiring from the blog! I hope your future is bright and happy and full of shiny new adventures. You will be missed. XX

  12. Hi Leanne, I’m so sorry to see you go, but I understand. The Australian blogosphere is not what it was. It’s not as active and it’s a bit sad. Also our lives change and where we need to focus our time and attention changes with it. I blog a lot less now. I try for once a week but some weeks I can’t manage it at all. I’m not ready to let go yet though but that day will come one day I’m sure. I wish you all the best of luck with all your adventures ahead and will keep in touch via social media. xo

  13. I'm sad to see you go, but wish you all the success for the future! xx

  14. Hi Leanne - end of an era. I haven’t blogged for almost 5 years now but have seen you a bit lately since I’ve been back on Instagram. Thanks for the online camaraderie in those years. Good luck with the new door and I think we always move in and out of people’s lives as we both all need to, with new doors to open and memories to hold. ❤️🌈Kathy - formerly Yinyangmother

  15. Yes it is an end of era. You will be missed and I sent you an FB request. Thank you for all you have done for bloggers.


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