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August 03, 2006
Moving on

By the way, I forgot to say I'd returned home safely. :)

Had a great time, loved the cruise, and am already exhausted again from trying to get caught back up at work. (Remember the good old days, when we weren't all already doing three people's jobs because of "down-sizing" and when you went on vacation, someone covered for you so you didn't return to an overflowing desk and need another vacation by the time you'd gotten caught up?)

This blog remains on hiatus and before long I'll probably take it down. I'm still burned out, even after having taken the last couple of months off of blogging and I don't see myself resuming in the foreseeable future.

It wasn't a bad run, though, right? From August, 2002, you know. That's a lot of blogging. A lot of thinking. (Maybe my brain is just tired?) A lot of silly remarks from me, gently corrected by my more-intelligent readers. A lot of thoughtful comments, a lot of interesting discussions here and elsewhere. A lot of fascinating people met around the globe. A lot of the heartbreak of stupidity....

Still. The time has come, the walrus said...." There are other parts of my life I used to enjoy before this blog started eating two or three hours of my free time in a day and I'm going to go back and pick up those threads again.

It's a dead parrot. Update your blogrolls or whatever accordingly.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:22 PM


Comments

Welcome home, and many thanks. My blogging would have been very different, were it not for you, and I'm grateful.

(May I make a quiet plea to leave the site up? Some of us have linked here pretty regularly, in your busier days, and you wrote some stuff that's worth keeping around. Some of those rants....)

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at August 3, 2006 03:51 PM

While I can understand, I'll miss your voice in the ether.

Posted by: Bryan at August 3, 2006 08:49 PM

You have been talking about closing down this blog for at least 2 years now, which is about half the period that it's been open. As I recall, I used to read this blog everyday back in 2004, and then you announced that you were closing it down, and then you gave up writing for a few months. I assumed the blog was dead, then I checked back here, almost by accident, sometime in 2005, and I saw that you'd resumed writing. Then there was another stretch where you closed it down. I did not even realize that you'd taken it back up recently (I guess at the end of 2005 or early 2006?).

So now you say you are going to close it down again? Of course you should do whatever you feel is right, but given your history, if you close it down I'll always be wondering if in 3 or 6 months you'll be starting it back up.

Posted by: Lawrence Krubner at August 5, 2006 10:59 AM

Yeah, okay, I get it...mutter, mutter...I'm always "leaving" and never staying gone. ;) And it's not out of the question that the blogging urge will return. As you point out, Lawrence, it has the last couple of times I tried to quit.

I'm leaving the blog up. I have serious doubts about the value of any rant I wrote (There can be no value without proofreading! Editing! Actual thinking!), but I understand not wanting any more broken links floating around the world o'blog.

It's just that I feel guilty, just walking off without a word, okay? As the weeks pass and I don't write anything, some days even consciously avoiding the news headlines, I feel badly for anyone who might be wasting their time, checking here for new posts.

But it's your time. :) Spend it how you like.

You guys have all been the greatest. I think my readership, for reasons I never understood, has a higher average intelligence and a sounder moral compass than almost any other blog I've seen. You've been impressive...but now I'm exhausted from the effort of trying to live up to you!

Posted by: Anne at August 5, 2006 11:42 AM

*snif*

Damn, Anne. I'll miss you. :(

Please don't be a stranger. If you have the energy, I hope you continue to read and comment on other blogs.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at August 5, 2006 02:38 PM

Adam Kotsko once said that "bloggers don't keep their promises" which is patently untrue except for one category of promise: the promise to stop blogging. *

However, I have seen people move on to other things.... Thanks, Anne.

Posted by: Ahistoricality at August 6, 2006 01:51 AM

I'll be around, Elayne. I'll probably have more energy to comment now that I'm not doing my own blog! (Certainly your place will remain on my list of daily reads!)

Good quote, Ahistoricality. I don't know if I'll be keeping this promise or not, but for now, you can all be sure that I'll be counting on you to keep me informed.

Posted by: Anne at August 8, 2006 08:45 AM