Truly the end of an era. When I look back at my time at SitePoint, I see how much I matured over that period of time and realize how much I owe to this community, both personally (half of my best friends, I met here) and professionally. The experience I earned here as a member, as a Mentor, as an Advisor and as a podcast host was truly valuable.
If I think about you, Sarah (@HAWK), and your current career, it is amazing to think that it really started with your decision to join the SitePoint Forums. It began, in earnest, when you accepted the invitation to join the staff. You couldn’t have known the path that decision would set you on. From Mentor to Advisor to Team Leader to being given the opportunity to lead the forums and then community in general for the SitePoint family of brands. It all started here.
You participated in the forums in such a quality way that the forums staff recognized it and invited you to join the team. Level by level, those above you saw what was in you and continued to promote you from within. And the office offered you a job, which you accepted. SitePoint leadership at the time made a great decision to trust you, and you didn’t disappoint.
Because of the time I spent here, I feel like I have an understanding of how you must be feeling. It’s sad, bittersweet and a bit jarring, but that’s what growth often is. I know from my time that there are ups and downs. That goes with any relationship. But what you’ll hold onto is the fond memories and the wonderful experiences you gained here. It has been a pleasure to watch you grow into the professional that you have become, and I believe that there are only greater things in store for you.
I would also like to congratulate @ralphm on the faith that Sarah and SitePoint have in you. It’s always a bit scary to step into that spotlight (alone), but if you are guided by integrity, kindness and fairness, you’ll do a great job. All of SitePoint’s forum administrators over the years have been solid and that includes you. I’m sure you’ll only continue to grow your legacy here.
Best of luck to SitePoint and the forums staff moving forward.