I think it's a sign of a blog that is seriously ill, if not on life support, when most of your posts are apologies for not blogging more often. I'm thinking about pulling the plug.
- Next month, I'll have been blogging for five years. According to Typepad, this is my 1,013th post. It's not that I have nothing left to say, but I'm not spilling over with ideas the way I used to.
- When I started this blog, I was at a job where I was frustrated with the policies, was not allowed to speak my mind, and had a fair amount of time to kill. That's not the case these days. I've done three presentations already this month, and have four more scheduled. I'm loving it, but I'm exhausted by the time I get home.
- My kids are getting older, and are staying up later, especially in the summer. The window of time between when they go to bed and when I collapse myself is shrinking. And I'm somewhat less willing to post about them as they get older.
- It's not just me. Laura at 11d had a post recently about how the blogosphere has changed, and I think she's on the mark. I used to love the big kerfluffles (remember the Perfect Madness posts?) where we'd all read and post and link and then post some more to respond to the points that someone else had made. It had the wonderful heady feeling of being in college and staying up until two in the morning because you were discussing the meaning of life and solving all the problems of the world. I haven't had that feeling in a while.
So why keep it? Because I'll miss you, my readers and commenters. The level of civility and thoughtfulness that has always characterized the discussions here is really quite remarkable, and not that common. And (to be honest) because I still mumble about wanting to write a book someday, and having a built in "platform" might help me sell it. On the other hand, I might be more likely to stop mumbling and start writing without the blog.
Even if I stopped posting, I do think I'd like to keep my archives alive somewhere. Not sure I'm willing to pay Typepad for that. Is there a simple way to migrate from Typepad onto one of the free services?