It's been two years since Pigdog Journal initiated ongoing
coverage of daily crises in the life of Wil Shipley. The
software executive posted 51 frantic essays over a 10-week
period documenting the end of his nine-year relationship
with web celebrity Kim Rollins. Shipley has now posted an
"Not many people will see this," Shipley begins, "because not many people still
read this journal, seeing as how I haven't written in it in two years."
Shipley's essays had originally appeared under the title "Ouch," until his
recovery progressed and he substituted the mellower title, "Scab." "I
occasionally get mail from people saying, 'I just read through your old journal
and I hope your life is better'," Shipley continues. "So, this is for them..."
What happened to the OmniGroup President and founder? After a very-public
display of anguish over the loss of his long-time lover, Shipley now looks
back on the journal-keeping experience with mixed emotions. "[T]here's a part
of me that is kind of embarrassed to have been so open about my pain," he
writes, "but I remember that it really helped me, so I give myself a break."
Shipley describes himself as a different person now -- much happier -- and
ironically, says that breaking up with Kim Rollins was the best thing that
could've happened to him. Shipley adds that Kim "came back" -- though it's not
clear if that was to Wil, as one Pigdog Journal reader suggested,
or simply to Seattle. In any case, Kim remained unhappy.
But our Wil has moved on. "I'm dating," he writes, "and I've met some nice gals
but nothing has really clicked yet.