Folks - thanks for the kind words. This wasn't an easy decision. In fact, it's one I've been putting off for a few years now simply because I know how much a part of the community the site has been. It just got to the point that even at about $100 a year, it wasn't an expense we could justify anymore.
Doug already peeled his stuff off onto his own server 6-7 years ago, and while Adam and I remain very close (literally - we live in the same neighborhood!), our lives have changed from where they were fifteen years ago. Adam has two kids now, I have one, and every August when the site renewal came up our wives gave us the side eye to remind us that the money we're spending on GN could be put to use buying, y'know, food and clothes.
It's amazing to me to think back to how different the world was before we started GN. Myspace wasn't even a thing yet, never mind Facebook or any of the photo sharing sites. Instead of this forum, we were all on MTR. Wikipedia and YouTube didn't exist. Road photography actually consisted of hauling out a clunky camera, getting photos developed, scanning them, uploading them and creating a page to display them on. Can you imagine doing that today?
Obviously I'm not all that active on here - in fact, this is my first post, seven years after I registered. But I do appreciate all who are active who used GN as a resource or a source of entertainment over the years. Wake County Roads update jokes aside, it's been a pleasure to have contributed in our own small way to the development of this hobby over the years, and while I'm not going anywhere, I do feel like an era has ended in a way.
As I mentioned on Facebook, I have an archive of the entire site on a backup drive at home. If anyone would like a piece of GN to host on their own, just shoot me an email - bdleblanc at gmail. Thank you all, again, for your kind words and your support through the last fifteen years. It's been a fun ride, one that I will miss for sure.