Monday, 02. February 2009
It's Time to Stop BloggingHello everyone, sorry it's taken me a while to come over here with this: I have decided to end this blog, after doing around 6000 postings over about 4 years. So I owe you an explanation.
There was a time when I couldn't even imagine not being a blogger. My identity as such has been both something that distinguishes me in the eyes of real world friends and family and also something that has given me friends and family whom I've never met in person.
All things have life cycles - blogging doesn't need me anymore. It'll go on just as well, maybe even better, with some new space opened up for some new things. But more important to me, there will be new space for me. Blogging not only takes a lot of time (which I don't begrudge it, I love writing) but it also limits what I can do. So I have decided to move onto other activities. Or maybe I remembered how to be a poet in the real world.
Understand that our time on this planet is very limited and there are so many interesting things in life. You must choose how to spend the time that is given you, and if the majority of it is spent blogging, you really need to reconsider that choice.
I was among the "A-List" bloggers and I enjoyed what weblogs have to offer, but I don't use weblogs as my sole source of knowledge and self-affirmation. Always remember that the "blogosphere" is an echo chamber that can give you a very distorted image of reality if consumed without enough perspective. The vast majority of the online world does not read or write weblogs, and in no way are we smarter or hipper or more interesting or better informed than they are.
Yes folks, it is the end of an era -- or at least, the end of this blog as we know it.
And of course, I'll keep this blog. It will remain available as an archive.
Perhaps I will do some posts in the future of some of my favorite things ... maybe.
So good luck to everyone and I wish you all a good life!