I’ve been tossing around the idea that I’m too busy this semester to continue blogging, and reflecting tonight on Skepticlawyer’s similar concerns (also discussed here at LP), I’ve crystallised my thoughts and taken a decision. When your workload is such that you need all the down time you can get, something has to give, and it’s going to be this. And it’s an appropriate season for giving things up – this will be my Lenten sacrifice. I’ll be back on Monday to promote the Brisgrogblog, and may continue to crosspost any Crikey stories I might write (though they’re also aware that I have much less time for the moment to devote to writing than in the past), and perhaps make the occasional post on some metablogging stuff I’ve got ticking over in the background. But, at least until June, when I’ll re-evaluate things, it’s bye bye to any substantive participation in the blogosphere for me. I may or may not come back then, I haven’t yet decided, and it also depends on circumstances, which since I’m employed on a sessional contract basis every semester and not as a tenured academic, I can’t quite predict at this stage. Hopefully, this will be a sabbatical rather than the closing of a final curtain. But we’ll see.
One decision I did take last year was to do my best to avoid taking on too many commitments again, and it’s appropriate therefore that I do some prioritising. I won’t be reading or commenting either, here or elsewhere in the blogosphere, after this post, so let me just take this opportunity to say happy blogging and thanks to all my wonderful co-bloggers, commenters and readers for all the stimulation, camaraderie, feedback and all the good times. LP’s almost two years old now (the blog birthday is on March 16), and just as it’s benefitted so much from the addition of very many fantastic bloggers who’ve spent some time with us or become fixtures of the collective, so too am I confident that it will continue to thrive and inform and entertain and stimulate without my participation. See you all later!
Update in response to the thread: Thanks very much indeed, folks, for all your kind words. I’m pretty sure it’ll be a sabbatical rather than a departure – so I imagine I’ll be seeing you all in June. And the horrendous task of marking 120 essays when it comes around might see an earlier temporary visit!