There is a part of me that cannot believe I am going to make the following suggestion. There is another even larger part of me that feels I have no choice. I am in the midst of seriously considering canceling this blog. That's right, I may dismantle the Nest at the start of this summer, i.e. next week. As you can probably tell, I enjoy blogging. In fact, I love it. And there are enough of you that unexplainably actually take the time to read what I write. Not many of you comment, but that is not why I am considering this move. Here is why:
(1) I have this conviction that if you're going to blog it needs to be daily. I try very hard to post Monday-Friday. Let's face it, when you www dot a blog you're expecting to read a post that is up-to-date, at least within a few days of your click. I know when I go to a blog and find the person has not written in two weeks or, worse, two months I hardly ever go back. I don't want that to happen at the Swallow's Nest. But...
(2) I am going to find it increasingly hard to post daily primarily because I am starting a new job (jumping into it already) this fall and it involves a lot of travel. Ironically the places I am visiting would be fascinating to blog about, but I won't have the time. Posting on the road falls into the "sounds cool but doesn't work practically" category in my wee little mind. For example, we leave Friday night for two-weeks in Europe (part work, part play). Will I realistically post from Prague, Munich, and London? Nah, probably not. At least not enough to keep the readers coming back for more. And this will frustrate me during the trip. Seriously, it is quite possible that I will go to bed at night saying, "Ugh. I wanted to blog today and didn't" have enough time, a good Internet connection, etc.
(3) The topics, issues, and passions that I really want to write about I cannot (at least publically). This also has to do in part with my new job and in part with me not having the time to adequately develop these thoughts in writing. If I cannot go public with my true views on important matters, then this blog runs the risk of "and today I..." No one wants to read about what I did today, let alone most days! No blog of mine will ever be a "Dear Diary" if I can help it. That's just not acceptable to me and probably not to you either (be honest).
These are three of the most basic and obvious reasons for me to sign-off for good or at least until something changes again in my future. But instead of me just jumping to this conclusion and springing the announcement on you, I have decided to post this and let it sit for a few days. This gives you a chance to e-mail me here or respond on the comments section below. Tell me what you think. Be honest. Right now the only other option I've considered is turning this into a weekly blog, where I post one essay a week - something longer on a theme or topic close to my heart. But a) will people want to read such a post and b) without supplying something new daily will I just bore all who choose to enter here? Help me decide.
Now, back to the 5,000 things that need to be done before I leave Friday night.