Wednesday, March 15, 2006


Only the good die, er, hiatus young. I guess I'm going to have to get off my digital kiester (sp?) and finish a couple of posts now.


reader_iam said...

I'll look forward to reading them.

And while I made no guarantees, I did say "hiatus." Note that I did not delete my blog (though, I don't know that I would do that anyway, if only because I don't want to break everyone's links--bad 'netiquette, I'm given to understand).

The only reason I closed comments was because I had started to get spam (and not just the one you happened to catch before I did) and I don't want to be forced to have to monitor comments constantly during this period. Note that my e-mail is still active.

Anyway, I hope that you will post more.

Icepick said...

Well, I'm glad your email is still open. Should you close that account, drop me a line to another account. (You know where to reach me.)

I was hoping that hiatus meant hiatus, but blogger burnout is a real phenomenon. I remember Michele Catalano kept trying to stop because she was so burned out by it, and she'd go on hiatus, and come back, go on hiatus, and come back. Then one day, her blog was just gone. She had finally reached a breaking point with blogging, and moved on to other writing outlets.

Anyway, I hope that this finds you and your family well. And I look forward to either new posts, or your comments around the web.

L'chaim right back at 'cha.

reader_iam said...

Do you think I need to explain why I closed comments? I was trying for not-so-much-fanfare, 'Pick. And maybe I need to point out that the e-mail is still active. It just didn't occur to me that anyone outside of few would want to contact me anyway, I figured those already have it somewhere.

I understand the burn-out thing. That's not my motive so much, actually. It's just that when I started the blog, I didn't think anyone would notice for a while, and I was operating under the assumption I'd have some time to plan etc. However, I ended up getting sucked into the immediacy of it, and I never got around to doing some of the things I wanted to do. More precisely, the daily "put it up there thing"--to which I am very susceptible both because of my brain/temperament and because of my past training as a daily journalist--ate up the time I would have used to think more clearly about what I wanted to accomplish. In that sense, it became a rather unproductive cycle, resulting in output with which I was dissatisfied.

I also fairly early on determined that I would prefer a different platform from Blogger. I'm appreciative of Blogspot's contributions and the very democratic nature of its free service.

However, I want some more flexibility and the ability to categorize and incorporate some features that aren't available using that service. This has been a frustration for me. Again, developing an alternative--no matter how basic--requires time for planning and implementation. Trying to both blog as prolifically as I am inclined AND developing something else is not realistic, unless I want to (continue to) neglect other priorities.

As I think I mentioned after one notable Blogger outage, I have reserved a couple of different domain names for my blog, and we have Wordpress installed on one of our servers. I need to square some things away and then spend some time on the new platform and how I want to arrange my life/schedule to support blogging as I would like to practice it--at least to a better degree than most recently. Basically, it comes down to a clearer vision better implemented and the life balance necessary to support that. These are the issues, not burnout per se, that I wish to address. The blogging I love. How I ended up doing it is a different thing.

Thanks for your support, 'Pick. I have no plans to shut down the gmail account, but if I do, I will be sure to give you another e-mail address (if I think about it, I'll do that sooner).

Icepick said...

I don't think you need to explain the closed comments at this time. Those of us who will be concerned will contact you through other means to assure ourselves that everything is fine in Iowa.

I understand the pull of immediacy, believe it or not! I've got two political posts up, and I don't like it. I do not want to be a political blogger. First, I'm not sure my blood pressure could take it. Second, politics must have the highest noise-to-signal ratio going. It's highly unlikely I will be improving the ratio by taking it up!

But the immediacy of the moment just sucked me in on the first one. (The second was a proper display of outrage in having surfing pre-empted by politics. What a horrible loss.)

I think guys like Lileks and Scott Adams may have come up with a good idea by just posting once a day. That avoids the problem of shooting from the hip to a large degree.

Anyway, this comment makes no sense, so I need to go to bed now! See you around.