(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life

"Legacy, what is a legacy? It's planting seeds in a garden you'll never get to see." - Hamilton, the musical

I thought hard about how to write this out and what words were appropriate for this announcement. In reality, though words have never failed me, I can't seem to place them in a sentence in a way that makes sense of my decisions for you. Y'all know me, some better than others, but I hope that each one of you has felt my dedication to THWACK and your individual journeys here. It makes it so hard to say goodbye.

But goodbye I must say.

I want to regale you with stories of a sparkly new opportunity or a shiny new objective, but in reality the reasons for leaving don't matter. Only that, as I close this chapter in my life as THWACK's community manager, the next page comes, as surely as it ever does, with a new chapter for both of us. 

I want y'all to promise me you'll take good care of Danielle and Kevin! They're important to me, and they're instrumental to THWACK's success, and by proxy, your success.

I'm not sure what else to tell you or how to express how thankful I am that every day for the last two years has been filled with conversations and interactions with each of you. You've left a mark on my heart. I will never forget you. Unless I get some weird amnesia thing like in the movies. No promises.

Keep being awesome. Keep doing what you're doing. Thank you for trusting me with your THWACK experience for the last two years.

If ever you need me, I am but a DM away. Although – if you need something THWACK related you better hurry. August 5th is my last day. After that, contacting the team via email (thwackadmin@solarwinds.com) is going to be your best bet.

Always your friend.

Dedicated to your success,

Yum Darling

A poem to THWACK

Ah THWACK,  the things you've taught me
And how, with you, I've grown,
How am I to walk away
And abdicate this throne?

For two years I have managed you,
For two years we danced the dance
I'm so lucky to have met you,
Fortunate to have had the chance.

In light of all we've done here
And for all things yet to come
It's so hard to fade into darkness
So difficult to leave things undone

But as all things do, you shall go on
Even with the fading of my legwork
I will forever remember what you've taught me
"Blame it on the network"

So for every line of flowetry
For every planted earworm
Know that you'll be with me always
Even if we're far in the near term.

Keep doing what you're doing,
I know you have it in you
I'll be cheering from afar
The legacy will continue.

  • I think I speak for everyone in saying that Yum has been an integral part of the THWACK team since she began. She very well might be the very first person you meet on THWACK - and that's pretty much perfect.  Her steadfast determination to make this the best community in IT has been noted and appreciated by everyone in the community. I know that we all wish her luck in her next adventure and look forward to seeing her again when our paths cross. I've seen it before, and I'll see it again, the IT community feels incredibly small and our journeys will invariably collide again down the road. When they do, I plan on giving you a humongous hug, no matter how you squirm.

    On a more personal note, Yum (like the rest of the THWACK team) have been a second family to me. Although completely supported by the larger SolarWinds family, the core group of us who do this work, do it for the sheer love of our customers and community members. You all are the reason we love our jobs and one of the reasons this was such a difficult choice for her. Yum, being my sister-from-another-mister, has weathered the storms in lock-step with all of us. My video meetings with her - having her kiddos break in and her fur-babies invade her personal space - made me smile and have faith on days that seemed otherwise insurmountable.

    Over this journey, we've shared a laugh, shared a pint, and shared a cry, but the most important thing is that we shared the journey. Although your next steps will take you away from us, please know that we are still with you on that journey. When I'm next in your neck of the woods, be sure that I'll be knocking on your door and will ruffle the tiny humans' hair like every uncle ever.

    I know that if I told Yum how much she would be missed, I would get one guaranteed response:

    Yes, you can 'hear' GIF images.

    And that's just about the perfect answer, because it acknowledges my feelings while still making me smile. 

    , it's with joy in my heart that I say, "thank you." And don't you worry, I'll continue to send you fun ATLA memes as long as you continue to be the beacon of positivity that I frequently need.

    Fellow THWACKsters - raise a Beer with me and salute Yum on her continued voyage to greatness.

  • Very sorry to wake up to this news, good luck with your next endeavour. It wasn't clear from your message if you are staying at SolarWinds?

     Loved the poem, and it's not the network, it's probably DNS.

  • Sad to hear you are leaving. You've had hell of a ride over these last two years. Many ups and downs. Good luck and keep in touch. If you are ever in the UK look me up  


  • Sad to see you go but happy to see you getting ready to start your next chapter.

    Thank you for everything you have done for the community, for us your loyal subjects and for the wider IT community.

    The legend Yum Darling you will be missed by us all.

  • I am saddened by the news you will be leaving.   I recently resigned my post in my organization.   It is a hard decision.   I spent nearly 9 years where I am building up my career, learning and growing, not to mention all the cool SolarWinds stuff I have got to do working in the SolarWinds platform and using THWACK.   However it was time for a change, and an opportunity came up I simply could not walk away from.   I know how hard change can be, for what ever reason.  Always see the future as opportunity, and never regret.  We all become the people we are from the choice we make, and who wants to look back and go I should have done....   More so look back and see how wonderful things turned out, and how they have evolved.   

  • Very sad news, THWACK has benefitted greatly from your ideas and input.

    Best wishes and good luck for your new adventure, I'm sure you will have great success in whatever you do.

    I don't suppose I'll get my lost baseball cap now but never mind.

    You still have the coolest name ever!

    All the best for the future.

  • Sorry to see you go! Thank you for always helping me with my THWACK store goodies! I wish you all the best in your next adventure Slight smile

  • You've been crazy busy with this community. I don't know how any of you manage to keep up at a constant running pace, but I wish you well in your future endeavors!

  • Good luck in whatever you are moving on to!