This is a tough blog post to write.
But it's the correct thing to do.
If you're one of the people who check in on Steel Kaleidoscopes to get my American Idol opinion, you won't see any commentary this season.
No head shots. No jabs. No jeers. No cheers.
After covering six successive seasons of American Idol in this blog, I'm done.
It's not because I don't enjoy watching the show. It's not because I no longer have opinions.
With a demanding job and an amazing 4-year-old who thinks 10 o'clock is bedtime, there's just no time to watch the show in its intended format (live) and jot down my thoughts.
I could DVR it (good idea), bring a laptop to bed (bad idea) and get four hours sleep (really bad idea), or I could watch bits and pieces during the nightly bedtime ritual, maybe catch what I missed on DVR and wake up feeling refreshed.
I'm choosing the latter.
Blogging about American Idol has been a passion for me. I love being right (I picked Fantasia to win Season 3 when I saw her during the auditions), I love the traffic (more than 100 comments from ClayMates when I write something positive about Clay Aiken, and I love proving the voting public wrong (Chris Daughtry).
But it's time to move on.
If you've enjoyed reading my AI reviews on Wednesday morning, thanks for your time. You were the reason I stayed up late or got up early to get those opinions and odds posted. I really did feel like I was working for you.
But just Google "American Idol blogs" and you'll find hundreds, no, thousands of opinionated writers. I'm proud to say I was one of the few you could find in 2004.
So now I'm leaving the keyboard for others.
From time to time, I'm sure I'll have something to say about Season 9. So feel free to check in on me.
Until then I'll be answering questions like this one:
"Is that a girl or a boy?"
That's my daughter, turning to me when the camera zooms in on Ellen DeGeneres.
You get my point.