The title pretty much says it all.
One of the reasons I wanted to get the Ten Years Before the Blog series done was that I’m incredibly burned out on everything right now, and I need to step away from the Internet for a while. There are too many things that aren’t getting done, and I just can’t keep putting in the time needed to produce blog content. I figured that re-reading the highlights of the last ten years would either re-invigorate me, or failing that, it would at least provide a good placeholder for when the blog goes dark.
I’m not officially quitting ScienceBlogs or anything like that, at least not now (if the Corporate Masters demand it, I’ll have a tough decision to make). I’m very much afraid, though, that once I stop posting for a while, I may never start up again. The Pip’s right on the verge of being able to crawl, so things aren’t going to get any calmer at home, and work is only going to get worse. All my other attempts to free up time by stopping some activity have just seen the freed-up time consumed by something else to the point where I can’t imagine re-starting the other activity. I’m not sure blogging won’t go the same way. I’m not happy about this at all– I’ve been forced into a rotten position– but the current situation is not sustainable, and the blog’s the only thing left that I can afford to stop doing.
Again, I hope this is just temporary, and I can resume blogging on a reduced schedule in a few weeks or a couple of months. But in case it turns out to be more than that, here are links to all the best of the last ten years of blogging:
- Year One: 2002-2003
- Year Two: 2003-20004
- Year Three: 2004-2005
- Year Four: 2005-2006 Part I, Part II
- Year Five: 2006-2007
- Year Six: 2007-2008
- Year Seven: 2008-2009
- Year Eight: 2009-2010
- Year Nine: 2010-2011
- Year Ten: 2011-2012
I’ll continue to read (and moderate, if necessary) comments for the next several days, but starting tomorrow, I’m pulling the plug on blogdom for the next month or two at least. No posting, no reading, no commenting, until I either get things together enough to free up some time, or decide to give the whole thing up for good. I’ll probably still be active on Twitter to some degree (if nothing else, it gives me something to do when I’m stuck waiting on line at the stores…), so you can follow me there (@orzelc), but that’s going to be the extent of my Web 2.0 activity for a while.
Thanks for reading. It’s meant more to me than I realized until I started typing this.