I've seen this post coming since months, although I of course didn't know how final it'll finally turn out to be.
I'm still a bit unsure, but it's been a few days since my main decision fell, and it's about time to inform all of you guys of my current outlook on the future.
About a day before the chain froze I dropped out of the top 20 witnesses. I took a break from chats and the communities to take care of my personal life. Not without making sure that my tools and services stay up, and every couple of days I made sure there's no important inquiry. But I was prepared that that won't be enough to keep the required big voters support forever.
Now the freeze was of course absolutely unexpected. I was able to bring the witness node back up after a day of resync, but the public cluster would require considerably more time to bring back up stable, and I don't feel much pressure to do so right now.
As all my other services use this node, they're obviously down too.
I'll set up a script to reimburse the unprocessed steemdice bets soon (TM), due to the legal insecurities it brought with it I'm actually quite happy to get rid of it. I'll sell the domain if anyone thinks there's a way to make it profitable...
Steeminvite may eventually come back up, certainly faster if someone else wants to take over.
I'm still in the PEvO discord, and if it actually gets a small community working on it I'm happy to get involved with them.
My voting bot is gone, not sure yet what I'll do with my SP in the future, but asking for delegations will still be futile.
Personally, I more and more come to think that's the only right way for me right now. I've been working with systems and code since more than 20 years, 8 of those in a day job I never wanted to have. That pretty much took the fun out of it for me. Crypto brought new motivations into play, but in the end the work wasn't that much different.
I embrace the possibility I have to change my way of life, and get back to traveling. I have always been somewhat of a gypsy, moving from one place to another every 3-5 years. For this move I decided to get out as much as possible - and explore Europe in a van. If you're interested to keep in touch, I set up the Steepshot blog @jukatravels - don't expect me to suddenly become a blogger who shares all his life though 😉
There will not be a list of people I thank. You all know who you are and what you do, and I'd be so glad to meet lots of you in person on my trip (@steem.camp anyone?) .
See you in discord, or for a beer!