Last Ever Thursday Thirteen? (#17)

Thirteen Things about Why The End Sucks

1. I have a million TTs written up that I’ll never be able to use.

2. My Technorati ranking will plummet.

3. I’ll miss my weekly visits with all of you at your blogs.

4. In seventeen weeks, I’ve built my week around this and it’ll be like when a kid loses a tooth and can’t keep his tongue out of the hole.

5. When LeeAnn said she was going to institute changes, I was excited because I didn’t think she meant this.

6. This was FUN, period. The only meme I participated in, and I love it.

7. I won’t get to meet cool new people each week.

8. Doing TTs about my fictional characters helped me grow them and round them out, making my fiction better.

9. I’ll probably forget to send LeeAnn a free copy of Trevor’s Song, whenever it comes out, because she won’t be foremost in my mind anymore.

10. I found that you guys, my readers, inspire me to greater and greater heights. I love that. You’ve helped me broaden my world and I hope you’ll keep on doing so.

11. I hate crying, and this has me crying.

12. Change is good. Change is good. Maybe if I say it enough, I’ll believe it. (Nah)


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  1. Rebecca

    February 21, 2007 7:07 pm

    I agree. My blog ratings are going to be shot. This will stink.

  2. Anastacia

    February 21, 2007 7:26 pm

    I’m so sad about the end, too – this is only my second week. I always said I wouldn’t do weekly memes, because most of the time, they were on a subject I wasn’t interested in. That’s why I liked Thursday 13 – because I could write 13 things on a subject I chose. Oh well.BR/BR/My 2nd apparantly last list is on my blog at

  3. Wacky Mommy

    February 21, 2007 7:40 pm

    As if I was not blue enough already.

  4. Ms. George

    February 21, 2007 7:46 pm

    Ok, so I’m intrigued and will have to spend some time with your archives.BR/Thanks for stopping by my TT. I will be back to visit your site.

  5. Robin

    February 21, 2007 7:52 pm

    A very appropriate TT… I just found TT a few weeks ago, and poof, it’s gone. Mine’s up too, but not farewell-themed, I didn’t find that out until I went to post it.

  6. Raggedy

    February 21, 2007 8:01 pm

    I have enjoyed my visits with you on Thursdays. Thank you!BR/I will miss TT’ing!BR/*^_^BR/(=’:’=) BR/(“)_ (“)Å  BR/Raggedy

  7. Tink

    February 21, 2007 8:32 pm

    I agree with you wholeheartedly… :-(BR/But I’ll still visit your blog of course!BR/My TT shows 13 pictures of me.

  8. Rashenbo

    February 21, 2007 8:37 pm

    Yeah, this will make quite a hit on our rating. I’m also pretty bummed… there are definitely folks I enjoy visiting each week and I just use the TT to remind me to visit them. BR/BR/We’ll just have to find something else equally tasteful and meaningful… that we can participate in and keep the spirit of community alive. Take that frown, turn it upside down!

  9. Miscellaneous-Mum

    February 21, 2007 8:42 pm

    Sad day, isn’t it?

  10. Andrew

    February 21, 2007 9:10 pm

    I’ll still visit! There’s more to this blog than TT.BR/BR/Why did it stop, though?

  11. Leanne

    February 21, 2007 9:16 pm

    {{{hugs}}} Thank you so much for participating and making the TT special. I’m so glad to have met you – and you know I’ve got you in bloglines so I’ll never be more than a click away!

  12. Christie

    February 21, 2007 9:43 pm

    I LOVED tt. I did the same thing, my week revolved entirely around it, I even thought in terms of lists all the time and had them stockpiled. I’m so upset I’m completely besides myself! I’ve met so many wonderful bloggers this way!!! I’ve loved reading about the band every Thursday, thanks for the great reading!!

  13. Gabrielle

    February 21, 2007 9:52 pm

    We all hate goodbyes…BR/BR/:'(

  14. Amy Ruttan

    February 21, 2007 10:02 pm

    Good bye? What did I miss? BR/BR/I’ll still be dropping by your site!

  15. Mama Duck

    February 21, 2007 10:13 pm

    I know, so sad indeed!!

  16. Claire

    February 21, 2007 10:15 pm

    I have to agree! This does indeed suck! Just when i get on the blog roll.BR/Well i liked your last TT!

  17. Susan Helene Gottfried

    February 21, 2007 10:17 pm

    Ooh, Claire! What lousy timing! BR/BR/Well, there’s room for you — ALL of you — here at West of Mars. I hope you’ll take FULL advantage!

  18. Milan-zzz

    February 21, 2007 10:22 pm

    Oh dear but changes ARE good!BR/Yeah it was great to read all those new stuff about our characters in ITrevor’s Song/I every week. I will miss that bit only until I continue reading about them from the printed paper…BR/BR/I have numerous TTs about this lovely corner of the world which will never be part of my blog, not under TT at least (and therefore with not so many readers :()BR/BR/But changes ARE good!BR/{{{hugs}}}

  19. Claire

    February 21, 2007 10:25 pm

    I am back again! I will indeed be posting pictures of hikes, i have posted the 2 of the 4 i have done this year. Just click on hiking in categories label on side bar.BR/By biker do you mean cycling or engine type?

  20. Claire

    February 21, 2007 10:33 pm

    Oh there is lots of cycle tracks! do you like mountain biking? if so then you would love some of these places. although it still amazes when i am struggling up a hill, and then i see a cycler jog pass me with a bike on their shoulder!BR/Blog conversation across continents!

  21. Claire

    February 21, 2007 10:42 pm

    Your bookmarked also!

  22. ChupieandJ'smama

    February 21, 2007 11:00 pm

    Of course I’ll be by to check on all the gang West of Mars. I can’t wait for the book. I’ll miss coming here and reading your TT, but I’ll be checking in on you.

  23. ChupieandJ'smama

    February 21, 2007 11:00 pm

    Of course I’ll be by to check on all the gang West of Mars. I can’t wait for the book. I’ll miss coming here and reading your TT, but I’ll be checking in on you.

  24. ChupieandJ'smama

    February 21, 2007 11:00 pm

    Of course I’ll be by to check on all the gang West of Mars. I can’t wait for the book. I’ll miss coming here and reading your TT, but I’ll be checking in on you.

  25. J-Dawg's Realm

    February 21, 2007 11:34 pm

    Awwwwwwwwwwww DONT CRY! I promise I will keep coming by – I asked Leanne if we can still use the TT13 logos and TT13 headings if we keep writing – we shall see – I promise to keep on writing if you keep on stopping byBR/BR/J

  26. J-Dawg's Realm

    February 21, 2007 11:34 pm

    Awwwwwwwwwwww DONT CRY! I promise I will keep coming by – I asked Leanne if we can still use the TT13 logos and TT13 headings if we keep writing – we shall see – I promise to keep on writing if you keep on stopping byBR/BR/J

  27. J-Dawg's Realm

    February 21, 2007 11:34 pm

    Awwwwwwwwwwww DONT CRY! I promise I will keep coming by – I asked Leanne if we can still use the TT13 logos and TT13 headings if we keep writing – we shall see – I promise to keep on writing if you keep on stopping byBR/BR/J

  28. Di

    February 21, 2007 11:39 pm

    I don’t care about blog ratings or any of that stuff…just love reading what people are writing. I hope someone takes up the cause…whatever that would involve!

  29. Melessa

    February 21, 2007 11:52 pm

    I hate goodbyes too.

  30. Thomma Lyn

    February 22, 2007 12:01 am

    It makes me sad, too. I’ve enjoyed the TT so much these last nine weeks. I was saying to myself “yes, yes” to your whole list, but I found number 4 especially funny and poignant.BR/BR/And TT was also the only meme I participated in. My last TT is up — thirteen random thoughts about today, quite a few of ’em having to do with the end of TT.BR/BR/I hope to see all you great folks around the blogosphere!

  31. Jess

    February 22, 2007 12:05 am

    I am so sad too. This week was only my 3rd list and I really liked it. It was fun getting to know different people.BR/BR/Sniff Sniff.

  32. Mitch

    February 22, 2007 12:08 am

    So Long Goodbye FarewellBR/BR/The best it could be said.BR/BR/MitchBR/BR/Your Brother in the Word.

  33. Bellezza

    February 22, 2007 12:19 am

    Well, I think we should still visit each other. It was nice to meet you all the same.


    February 22, 2007 12:42 am

    With ever new end comes a new beginning…you don’t have to stop visiting, you know. Maybe someone can start something for another day?

  35. Wylie Kinson

    February 22, 2007 1:05 am

    Sad days,…BR/I enjoyed your list — very well said!

  36. Christine

    February 22, 2007 1:13 am

    Although this was only week #3 for me, I’d started a Thursday Thirteen writing folder for future postings. So, you’re preaching to the choir! My posting is about books this final week. Sigh!

  37. Joely Sue Burkhart

    February 22, 2007 1:14 am

    Me too–I had no idea this was the last until I’d already posted this week. ARGH! I wouldn’t have met you without TT!

  38. L^2

    February 22, 2007 1:22 am

    I’m sad about the end too…BR/Thanks for visiting my list each week. And I’ll try to check in with your blog – maybe I should add West of Mars to my links so I don’t forget to check in.

  39. Dane Bramage

    February 22, 2007 1:33 am

    Goodbyes suck. Fortunately I salvaged some links from my last few T13s so I will be stopping in on you when I would normally be stressing over what to post.BR/BR/Anyway I go out with a nice round number. My Thusday 13 #30 is up. It is ironically A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”13 Thursday Thirteen logos I made and used during the last 30 weeks./A Stop by if you get a chance.

  40. Rose

    February 22, 2007 1:45 am

    You can still post the 13 lists that you have written and you can pick a day to visit everyone each week. It’s not goodbye. It is see you next Thursday or sooner. 🙂

  41. Shoshana

    February 22, 2007 2:43 am

    Goodbyes? OMG. Which rock have I been hiding coz I do not know anything about this one.BR/BR/Where do I read about these changes?

  42. Smalltown RN

    February 22, 2007 4:41 am

    see this is why I hate tradition…when they stop you miss them…if you don’t start you don’t have to miss them….but yeah it is a great way to meet other bloggers….join the Saturday Photo scavenger hunt…that’s lots of fun….BR/BR/Happy Thursday

  43. Retta

    February 22, 2007 7:00 am

    I hope that it doesn’t go away. I contacted Leanne and I’m determined to rescue the thirteen if I can!

  44. Chris

    February 22, 2007 7:50 am

    There’s nothing to stop you doing it next week, just use the links list from previous weeks 😉

  45. Michelle

    February 22, 2007 8:12 am

    Aww.. this is only the second TT I’ve participated in, and I’ll be sad as well.

  46. Lindsey

    February 22, 2007 8:12 am

    I’m shocked! This is such a shame. I loved reading about Riverview like that.BR/BR/You think there’d be trouble if Tuesday Twelve was set up? :p

  47. Jane

    February 22, 2007 8:47 am

    That’s the truth….my ratings will be in. the. toilet!!! Now I am depressed.BR/Thanks for your visits to my blog, you don’t have to stop you know! I will be back to see you too!

  48. Christine

    February 22, 2007 9:13 am

    I’m going to pretend it’s not the end and keep doing it anyway. 🙂 Great list and I’ll say see you later instead of goodbye. 🙂

  49. Babystepper

    February 22, 2007 9:17 am

    I agree with you all the way down the list. I was really just getting started, but definitely enjoying myself.

  50. Carrie! :o)

    February 22, 2007 10:23 am

    *sniff~sniff* …. I’ll cry with ya! It is sad. This was only my 3rd week of TT and I just love them!

  51. Nancy

    February 22, 2007 10:34 am

    I have bookmarked you, so I will still come and visit. Now we just have to work a little harder to stay in touch.BR/BR/I know how you feel!

  52. Darla

    February 22, 2007 10:43 am

    It is sad–TT was always a great excuse to go blog-hopping, and it was fun to come up with a weekly list.

  53. Angela/SciFiChick

    February 22, 2007 10:45 am

    Hey, if you have ideas written down, keep doing lists. I plan to!

  54. GEWELS

    February 22, 2007 10:45 am

    I hate goodbyes too. Why are we leaving again? I just started this.

  55. karen!

    February 22, 2007 10:45 am

    [delete this one if the other one actually went through]BR/BR/Oh, S, so sad. I totally didn’t realize that TT was going away.

  56. colleen

    February 22, 2007 10:52 am

    I feel the same way. I collect lines for 13 all through the week and I feel like it ties up loose ends and gets me over the bloggers mid-week with a shot of good comments. I’ll probably still make the lists on my own.

  57. Janet

    February 22, 2007 10:59 am

    ROFLMAO @ #5; that’s exactly what I was thinking, too!

  58. Sparky Duck

    February 22, 2007 11:07 am

    I’m gonna keep it up, scary as that is. I just have alot of blogs to add to my bookmarks now.

  59. Maggie

    February 22, 2007 11:39 am

    We need to rally together. Good byes are rough! BR/BR/:(

  60. Marcia

    February 22, 2007 11:41 am

    Thursday thirteen was the only non-photo meme I did. . . and I had lists of lists to write. . . reality just has to rear the ugly side of its head occasionally.

  61. Chelle Y.

    February 22, 2007 12:07 pm

    I am going to miss all my new friends that I met on this MEME too. Maybe, someone will take it over, huh?BR/BR/Thanks for visiting my TT.

  62. InterstellarLass

    February 22, 2007 12:23 pm

    There may be hope yet! Don’t be too sad!

  63. Lisa

    February 22, 2007 12:30 pm

    I’d just gotten started with TT and it was the first thing to really bring traffic to my little blog.

  64. Annie

    February 22, 2007 12:38 pm

    I’m another one who’s going to continue doing it. I LOVE Thursdays because of TT! But I was sad to hear this was the “official” end.

  65. Rene

    February 22, 2007 12:46 pm

    I’m going to miss it too. But at least you are on my blogroll. I’m so happy for the many people I’ve met. Guess it’s back to Michele’s Meet Greet.

  66. Nancy J. Bond

    February 22, 2007 1:41 pm

    We’re all going to miss TT. 🙁 Your list echoes my sentiments.

  67. Joy Renee

    February 22, 2007 2:09 pm

    oh, me too. i’m going to miss TT in more ways than I can count. it kept me disciplined for 21 weeks. it introduced me to some excellent blogger, some smiles when i really needed them and lots and lots of talented writers. it broke me of my lurking habit. but only on Thursdays. alas. i will have to find new motivations to keep these infant habits.BR/BR/i am sorry i waited so long to check out your site. i noticed you weeks ago as an interesting commentor on other sites. i will be back as your site is brimming with resourses for readers and writers which i am greedy forBR/BR/my TT this week is 13 ways to support the troops. not a one is a bumper sticker, magnet or T-shirt. i might have tried to exit on a lighter note if i’d known this was the last TT. you might prefer last weeks 13 giggles.

  68. Barbara H.

    February 22, 2007 2:21 pm

    Great list — I am sad about it, too. 🙁

  69. Lauren

    February 22, 2007 2:27 pm

    Time to start Thursday Twelve Susan? 😉

  70. JAM

    February 22, 2007 5:36 pm

    I’m jealous. I struggle each week to come up with another T13, and you have a million already written. BR/BR/No reason why you can’t keep on posting them though.BR/BR/T13 was the only meme I participated in as well.

  71. Gabriella Hewitt

    February 22, 2007 6:51 pm

    This isn’t the end, only the beginning. BR/BR/You can stop by anytime doll!BR/BR/I’ll stop by and visit;)

  72. Vicky

    February 22, 2007 9:08 pm

    TT is the only Meme I participate in as well, and it is so sad to see it go… but you don’t need to stop. Especially if you have a million already ready! :)BR/BR/Happy maybe not your last TT! (hopefully) 🙂

  73. Kathy

    February 22, 2007 9:12 pm

    I don’t even have a blog rating (whatever that is), and I’ve only participated in this TT for the second time, but I was really looking forward to doing this every Thursday! Gaaarrrrgh! I hope someone picks it up. Oh, nice list of thirteen. I understand what you are saying.

  74. Buttercup

    February 22, 2007 10:19 pm

    I’m sad too!! I had no idea it was ending, and I don’t think it should. My TT is up. 🙁

  75. spyscribbler

    February 22, 2007 11:02 pm

    I don’t see why we can’t continue the tradition. If the phrase Thursday Thirteen is trademarked, then we could call it Thirteen on Thursday. Why not? BR/BR/It’s such a great way to find new blogs!

  76. Melessa

    February 22, 2007 11:51 pm

    Susan-Thanks for the visit this morning. To reply to your comment about living in a rural area, I would not have bought a house here if it wasn’t in a good school district, but it is. Of course, it’s a 20 minute drive to get there, but it’s a good district.

  77. Sophisticated Writer

    February 23, 2007 1:00 pm

    Blog ranking will go down (Check)BR/BR/Missing weekly visits to your blog and others’ (Check)BR/BR/Missing the TT fun (Check)BR/BR/And yes TT is how we met Susan but TT or not I hope we stay friends for a long time 🙂 Take care.

  78. cheesygiraffe

    February 23, 2007 1:36 pm

    Sorry to hear this Susan. BR/Btw, why is your WestofMars site down? 🙁

  79. scribbit

    February 23, 2007 8:42 pm

    Maybe you should take up a “Save our TT” collection and have everyone send money so you can buy it from her. 🙂

  80. jewlsntexas

    February 24, 2007 11:38 am

    I just posted my FIRST Thursday Thirteen – so do you feel worse for you or me? BR/I am hoping that someone picks it up and that I can learn how to get my “technorati ratings” up! Right now – I got nothin!

  81. Cheryl

    February 24, 2007 6:27 pm

    It’s been recently discovered that TT is made like the Phoenix. So we’ll see you next week as TT is under new management! Let the party begin! 🙂

  82. KarenW

    February 25, 2007 4:04 am

    I hate goodbyes too. That is what my life is about right now. We are packing and leaving the country of Romania and heading back to the states. I was glad to read TT is continuing!!!

  83. rashbre

    February 25, 2007 12:10 pm

    I’ve been doing TT since some time in 2005- though usually with only a few visitors.BR/BR/Presumably if Mr Linky still works and Technorati has a tag for it, then the show can continue?

  84. Susan Helene Gottfried

    February 25, 2007 12:12 pm

    Yay!! Thursday Thirteen has changed hands and will continue without an interruption!!BR/BR/HUGE thanks to the woman who took it over. I can’t wait to see what goodies are in store for us now — and let it be known that if I can help toward the betterment of my favorite meme, I’m there.

  85. Shephard

    February 25, 2007 2:55 pm

    I love the Thursday Thirteen as well. In fact, I fully intend to keep doing it as it’s therapeutic, entertaining, an easy post, and is an opportunity to share info and insite and laughs with a semblence of organization. So, I will continue doing this every Thursday on my blog. 🙂 You’re welcome to visit. I always love connecting with other writers. BR/BR/Michele sent me, and I’m so glad she did. ;)BR/BR/~S

  86. Domestic Geek

    February 25, 2007 6:05 pm

    I was upset about losing my Technorati links, too. I hope the new owners keep this going strong.

  87. Jill

    February 25, 2007 7:38 pm

    Don’t we all hate goodbye??BR/You can post your list, I will probably do the same!! Cuz I have like 8 ideas started as a rough draft!!BR/We cans still play leap frog!!

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