I’m going on an extended trip. I won’t be taking my laptop. I assume I’ll have access to computers here and there, but I don’t know whether I will want to spend time at the keyboard. So don’t look for any new postings until after November 13.
As a (temporary) farewell, allow me to offer a few thoughts on blogging:
- It's fun.
- It helps to keep you on your toes, and to keep your mind focused.
- Yes, it does take time. But for the most part, I suspect it is time that I would have frittered away on something or other no more (and quite likely less) productive.
- It gives me new respect for the serious bloggers: the Carpetbaggers, Glenn Greewalds, Patrick Kurps, etc., who engage not just in mindless yapping but actual bona fide constructive dialogue. Makes me feel like a bit of a sap, but it does tease me on to do better than I might otherwise.
- It’s a way of keeping in touch. I suspect I have, at a liberal estimate, perhaps a dozen regular readers. No matter. If there are 55 million blogs in the world, I suspect that puts me in the top 27.5 million—nearly as good as my ranking the last time I ran the Bay to Breakers. And aside from the regulars, I do hear a surprising amount from various casuals—it has led, at least in part, to the rediscovery of at least one long-lost friend. And I am fascinated by that visitor map.
In my absence, may I invite you to browse through the archives for some of my priceless but forgotten posts. Meanwhile, stay out of trouble and I will be typing again in November.