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heartunprepared 02-20-2012 10:44 PM

I got a lot of things I have to do... we're being pulled a hundred different directions...
The moderator opening announcement which has popped up on the page is because I have resigned from my position moderating here at the High School Musical board.

I don't think that this is coming as a surprise. Most of the people who post either regularly or even casually here or at the Zac Efron board will know that a little while ago now, I booked my trip to go abroad for an extended period of time, leaving in a couple of months. Initially I wasn't planning to do this for a little while, but due to a couple of 'life' factors I think it is best that I step back from my position at this board earlier than I'd originally anticipated.

Firstly is this epic internet saga which is creating a scenario whereby it is hard for me to meet my moderator duties at two boards – at the moment the resolution is looking like it'll be at least a couple of weeks away, and by that point, I'm going to be so behind in my trip planing and other online commitments that I'll be swamped trying to catch up. Secondly, I'm finishing up at work earlier than originally planned so I can spend some time focusing on me – trying to develop plans for my blog, to plan my trip and potential articles I could write, to research the travel writing industry, to go to the gym and be healthy and lose some more weight than I could whilst in a stressful 9 – 9 type job. I think that I'll be able to make more effective use of this “me” time if I have less online fandom related responsibility – and so it starts with cutting back, and this is the place I need to cut back. I hope that everyone here is able to understand that it is this board that I have chosen to cut back with.

I genuinely have no plans to abandon this board, it's more that over the couple of months prior to my going travelling, I don't feel as though I have the time or energy to moderate whole heartedly at two boards. I want to continue posting and I don't rule out stepping up to moderate again at some point in the future when life is at a different place and if the position became available again.

I thank all of my Wildcats – you guys – who have in the past and who currently post at the High School Musical board. I've spent years of my life dedicated to this board. In some ways it feels like forever but in other ways it feels like yesterday that I began my moderator journey here. There have been days I wanted to throw it all in but I'm glad that I've made it to a point where I'm going out on such a positive note – I love being here and High School Musical has in so many ways inspired me to have the confidence to try something new in my life, to see if my passions could actually be more than secret hobbies; to see if they could actually form part of my future. I go out on the note of needing the time to focus my energy into that decision.

A friend like you always makes it easy, I know that you get me every time, through every up through every down, you know I'll always be around, through anything you can count on me

With love,
Dani xo

Wild Spirit 02-21-2012 05:03 AM

I knew this would come and now I don't know what to say:bawl:

StormySky 02-21-2012 05:15 AM

:( I knew this was coming but its still sad to see you stepping down.

splintered 02-21-2012 07:18 AM

I knew it was coming, but gosh, this is a sad, sad, sad day. :(

I really loved moderating with you, even if it was just for a few months and honestly, I cannot imagine this board without you as a moderator. That being said, I understand, though, and even if you want to, I'll make sure that you'll never fully leave this board, okay? :P

Mochafairiemonster 02-21-2012 05:18 PM

:bawl:I another chick is leaving the nest to spread their wings and test the flight of their dreams. You don't know this but one of the main reasons I started posting (instead of just lurking) is because of you. Your stories have drawn me in and made me realize that there is a lot of love in this particular fandom. Thank you for your time and dedication to this board and the rest of us wildcats. I hope all your dreams come true Dani. I hope to be downloading some of your stories on to my kindle real soon. Best of luck!

Full Hearts 02-21-2012 09:10 PM

This seems so surreal. :bawl:

You brought this board back to life when you became moderator years ago; your time and dedication will never be forgotten. I'm glad though that you're pursuing different things in your life, and I wish you nothing but the best! :hug:

Tveitღ 02-22-2012 07:27 PM

I'm sad to see you step down from HSM, Dani. :( Good luck with all your life responsibilities and your trip! :flowers:

Stars Fade 02-22-2012 08:00 PM

omg. Really? :( Good Luck with everything. :hug:

heartunprepared 02-22-2012 10:56 PM

:group_hug: :(

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