The Reveres caucused this weekend and finally decided that with summer coming on and the academic and flu seasons ending this would be a good time to lighten up on our twice a day posting. There may even be days with no posts at all.
In truth we have found the posting schedule wearing. This blog hasn’t gone dark a single day since the end of 2004 and the strain is beginning to take a toll on us. We still have extremely active professional lives and many responsibilities in “meat space.” The inartful nature of our blogging may not look like it, but this activity takes many hours daily and we frankly need the time, both for family and personal matters and to pursue our scientific work. We aren’t so foolish as to think much depends upon us blogging here, although many of you have been extremely kind about how much you look forward to one or another of the things we do. But the situation is different than when we started. With two exceptions (our wiki partners DemFromCT at DailyKos/The Next Hurrah and Melanie at Just a Bump in the Beltway) no one in the blogosphere was talking about flu in November of 2004. Now there are many good sources of information about pandemic flu and I commend them to you. You can find a bunch on the blog roll.
At the moment we aren’t planning to shut the blog, only turn down the intensity. Who knows? Maybe this will improve it. Plenty of room for that.