Not that this will come as a huge shock, but I'll be taking a break from the blog for the foreseeable future.
Simply, I have too much going on in 3D Land that I want to devote my time to, and I hate the feeling of neglected projects, like the blog, hanging over my head. So I'm giving myself permission to formally step away for a while.
Also, my desire to keep up with blogging has really changed in the last couple of years. For many years, this blog was the primary way I had of staying in touch with people who live in Internet Land. I met lots of people with shared interests and ideas--fellow food allergy and homeschooling parents, Objectivists, Positive Discipline/non-punitive parenting advocates, etc.--here on the blog. And sometimes we met in 3D Land, too.
We used to have long conversations in the comment threads here and on your blogs, too, remember? Because of the blog, I could converse with other adults during the days when I was taking care of newborns and listening to interminable speeches by 4 year olds (they can only hold my attention for so long, you know).
In the past couple of years, those internet conversations have changed venues, and now happen on Twitter and Facebook. It's super easy to link to an interesting or controversial news story in those two places (I used to link to such things here). It's quick and easy to chat with someone or get some advice or look at pictures of their kids on Twitter and FB. It's not so quick and easy to do here any more.
Also, I have this feeling that I have found my people. My circles were much, much smaller in 2005 when I started blogging. Now they are wide, and filled up with fun and interesting people. And I want to spend more time with my people, with a particular emphasis on the people who are here with me in 3D Land. It's not that I don't love my internet people, or want to get to know other interesting people via online channels.
It's just that there are TONS of great people right here in Atlanta and I want to see more of them, hang out with their families, talk, hike, be present in each others' lives a little more. (I hope they want that from me, too!) I have all my people, both here and online, and now that I've collected up a bunch of awesome folks, I want to, you know, be with them.
And the greatest people are right here in my house! We have been fighting one crisis after another all year long, and I want to pull back from non-essential activities that have become too distracting from the other things I want to be doing, such as settle into the house, do more math and projects with my kids, take more field trips, fix up the backyard so it's fit for human and puppy habitation, work more on ATLOS projects. And I want to have a fun but more calm last third of the year with all the people I love best.
So, the blog will be on hiatus for a while. I will still do a couple of updates here and there--it's not dead, just hibernating. And I will also be (and already have) stepping away from even Twitter and Facebook more (just in time for the election, hooray!), though I won't be dropping them altogether. I'm feeling insular, yes, but I am really only reprioritizing.
Anyway, give me a call or send an email if you want to come over and hang out, or meet up somewhere. And maybe one day I'll have more time and energy to devote to blogging, because of course, I'm still filled up with fascinating things to write about and I still very strongly believe that pretty much everyone can benefit from my opinion. :D