UPDATE: I will be taking this blog offline and making it private on Sunday night. I will not delete it or abandon it because I do plan to eventually get back to blogging in about four years - or whenever I actually retire. Until then, I've decided to simply keep it private. But I won't actually be updating anything so nobody will be missing any new posting, I promise. Once again, my readers have given me great joy for the past five years. See you all in the next permutation of life :)
Readers may have noticed that I've been posting less and my posts have not been as overtly political as usual. I won't be coy about it. I have been slowly disengaging from blogging because it's time to close up shop.
I did this once before because I was getting burned out and wanted to move on to try different forms of writing. But once I had taken a much needed break, I realized how much I truly missed blogging and came back. This time is different.
First of all, I'm not burnt out. And I already know that I will miss it. My reason for leaving is much simpler now than it was the first time I took a break. I have a new job that would make blogging a conflict of interest. I won't go into the details about the job, but please believe me that it would present a real conflict for me and my employer if I were to be running a blog and publicly sounding off about politics and other controversial issues.
I will still keep my Twitter and Facebook accounts as those are personal social networking sites. But even there, my writing will be less about politics and more about personal sharing although, of course, I will still avidly be following politics. I just won't be as expressive with my own opinions.
As much as I have enjoyed sharing those opinions through my blog, it is time for me to move on and to once again try something different and in this case, that something different pays very well.
I hope my readers are happy for me. Please know I will miss all of you very much because I have had the best audience a political blogger could ever hope for. You have been thoughtful, intelligent readers whose comments, even when disagreeing with me, have always challenged me and made me think about my own positions and why I held them. I will miss that give and take.
And I am profoundly grateful to all my fellow bloggers whose support for my efforts have meant so much to me. Across the aisle and across the political spectrum, I have truly found a group of people who have shared my passion for better government and for improving people's lives, even when we've disagreed about the best way to do so.
To be honest, I don't consider this leave taking permanent because in four years I will be thinking about retirement. No matter how much I may love a job - and I very much expect to be loving the new one - I believe there is a time for everything under the sun and that includes moving on and discovering still other adventures. One of those might be coming back to blogging. Or by then, there may be even more innovative media and fresher opportunities.
For now, though, that new opportunity lies in a change in my day job that will present challenges and adventures which will engage my time and energy in fresh directions. While I will miss what I leave behind, I am looking forward to what lies ahead.
So, till we meet again...