Saturday, 11 July 2009

The End

It has been almost one a half year and over 5000 posts but this should be the last day and post.

I've received earlier this week a job offer that gives me the chance to play in the Champions League of my profession. Intellectually (and yes, financially), this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance that I cannot let pass, so I've accepted the offer yesterday.


This sadly means that I won't have the time anymore that I think is necessary to keep up the level of this blog. The quality of the content has always been my main concern and quality asks time.

I didn't only bring the big stories that attract the most readers. I didn't only checked the main sources and took the most sensational stories from there. If there were five articles on a story, I didn't use one but I wanted to have them all included in my post. I actually checked my sources. I think I can say this has been the place, all professional sites included, where you have been able to find the most reliable Barcelona information.


It started as a little personal blog to keep track of what really was going on and it has been growing ever since. Over the last month we've again doubled everything one can double, visitors, visits, page views, revenues. Yesterday was the best day ever, the day before the second best. This blog stops at its peak and that's the way it probably should be.

The timing of all of this couldn't be worse, since we were just bringing new and enthusiatic people in and were ready to take all this to another level. I was very much looking forward to work together with a group of fellow culés, to work out all the ideas I had, but it wasn't to be.

This blog will stay up as a remembrance of the best season ever in the history of the greatest club. If you're going through a bad time, you can come and get some renewed energy here.


To avoid the cold turkey, I've decided to start two little new blogs:

Barça Cartoons will have every day one (or maybe two, but surely one) cartoon

The Nose of Txiki will have every day a translation of one (or maybe two, but surely one) opinion piece published in the Spanish or Catalan press

That last is something I wanted for a while, but I didn't have time for it. I think both blogs can give you some kind of inside view of what is living in Spain and Catalonia.

I have some more ideas, something about Spanish referees, the long awaited Ultimate Barça Wags blog, a Presidential Elections 2010 blog, but if I'll start one of those, that'll probably be for September. If it's good, I'm sure the word will spread again and you'll hear about it. You can also follow all my current and future Barça-related adventures on Twitter. If people have ideas or want to start something on their own and want my support or feedback, they know where to find me.


I want to thank all the people who have been involved with this blog, writing things, translating things, looking for things, sending me suggestions, offering their help. They made this blog to what it was. I want to thank you for reading and for spreading the word. It has been a pleasure working for you, you were a great public, take care.


Visca'l Barça!

237 comments:

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SJP said...

hey pep, just wanted to say thanks for all work you've done and hope all goes well with the new job.

Anonymous said...

I'm disappointed :(
but thank you for everything ;)
I didn't leave comments here but I always read this blog.

Visca el Barça! <3

sta cu sad citati? valjda će se naci nesto xD

El-Mes-Cule

Anonymous said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

I have checked you blog as the first thing every morming and last thing at night religiously every single day. I am really sad that you can't continue. That said, congratulations on the new job and THANK YOU for everything! You and your blog will be missed!

Anonymous said...

What tragic news! I would rather go through a trophy-less season with Barca than loose this blog...

Thanks for everything Pep!

Anonymous said...

dear pep,

how about, you only write one article every day, to summarize every day happening in one article,

dont write if you have time one day, com bak other day. This will allow us to stay tunned to this gr8 blog and v could also read u !!

Anonymous said...

good blog, thanx

car guy said...

pep u have reader from all over the world, i for instance is in nigeria, pls hand this blog over to someone pls, may be ramzi or some else, my entire family is shock, this blog is a part of our life.pls pls and goodluck

buj said...

Guys, if you want to continue following Pep, look at the top left hand corner of this blog and you'll see the "my new blogs" links.

Anonymous said...

pep said...
Just to say:

(1) stop with making me emotional!

(2) this end could be a new beginning, it seems. we're holding high-level negotiations as we speak. stay tuned.

????????????

buj said...

Anony, here's what pep says on his new blog. Just follow his comments.

http://thenoseoftxiki.blogspot.com/2009/07/pep-should-come-back.html?showComment=1247390529428#c1181550941418979988

Nico said...

Thank you for efforts Pep you've done a great job here...
Visca'l Barça!

Anonymous said...

I'm crying... litterally!!! But wish you all the best for your future carreer and thank you very much for everything that has been in this blog!!!

Cheers!!!

Iason said...

So what happened to Kamikaze again? He hasn't commented for weeks.

fcbee said...

He's on the ocean, it seems.

mario ch said...

Hi Pep

Man, you really did a great job and I will miss this blog a lot.

I really appreaciated your services and wish you good look in the coming future.

Greets from Switzerland

barcalover said...

i didnt comment much on the blog but trust me Pep when i say EVERY SINGLE DAY id check fcbtransfers at leasttt 20 times.. i know that sounds kinda retarted but i really would... because it was very informative info about the latest news on the lvoe of my life barca and all the barca fans conversations were great to read.. THANK YOU PEP and many failed to also thank EACHOTHER for this wonderful site to be what it has become... again thanks pep and thank you everyone!

Wesley said...

What do you mean, on the ocean? Is he sailing somewhere or is that some kind of expression?

Ekar said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! OH MAN NOOO IM SOOO SAD :((((((( IM GOING YO CRY

0marX said...

Keep visiting guys! A resurrection might be near! ;)

Stay tuned...

per said...

Gah, I'm having som serious problems getting over this thing. The last two days I've been visiting 3-4 times a day, just hoping - praying, even - that Pep would've picked it up again.

OmarX, I hope it works out. I feel lost without my daily dose of Barça-news.-

Anonymous said...

3-4 times a day pfff i visit this blog 15-20 times a day just to see a picture with OPEN!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all Pep ! This blog was superior...

Visca el Barca y Visca PEP !!!

Good luck for your job : )

Marws said...

per same here ;) Just hoping something can happen so that this blog can continue

Anonymous said...

Hi, im a Real Madrid fan, and even I enjoyed this blog, good work :D

My best friend who is a barca fan always referred to this blog.

Best of luck!

Anonymous said...

i hope you're not his best friend ! :)RM FAN!

Andres said...

Well, thanks a lot for everything you did Pep! I wish you good luck with your new job...

Anonymous said...

What do you mean, on the ocean? Is he sailing somewhere or is that some kind of expression?

R10FCB said...

hey fellas deportivo just signed a LB on loan for the season coming up. Brayan Angulo from portuguese club Leixeos which now means that Filipe could be our first offical signing now.
sorry about the post but i got no other blog to write it on.
missing the blog.

Iason said...

Wasn't B4L working on some video about Valdes?

FC BARCA said...

I hope this blog gets back up as soon as possible. This blog completes the joy of Barça.

@ pep, I wish you the best of luck!

ElovesBarca said...

Oh my ~ I'm speechless.....

even I haven't left any comment for quite a while, I still check this great site everyday. It has become my routine... I'm really in shock~><

I hope we still have a place to chat and catch up when new season begins....

Thank you so much, Pep. Wish u all the best and thanks all the great works u put into this blog.....

doogle said...

this blog is my true love, i hope there will be a continuation of it!!

buj said...
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buj said...

To all you guys who fail to follow Pep's tweet @http://twitter.com/barcastuff/, well here's what it says

[i]"A new team will take over the fcbtransfers blog. If you want to be part of it, you can send a mail to: fcbtransfers@yahoo.com"[/i]

Anonymous said...

dude it's understandable but i seriously even though i see the closed banner on the front page i keep checking hoping that it changes ...

hope closed doesn't also imply to our season in the transfer market thanks for every bit of commitment u had for this community good luck with ur future :(
clarity

JJ said...

Pep, this blog I've been reading since the start. It's been great, I'm sad to see it go but glad to hear of the new mgmt of sorts and your job promotion. I have added you on Twitter and hope to keep in touch.

Smogen said...

First of all! Millions thanks Pep! you have been doing an absolutely amazing job! I hope you new job turns out great!

also, it would be great if this blog could continue but on the other hand I would be getting som good extra spare time if this blog closes cause I have been spending way to much time here! :)

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