To all 8 of you out there who're subscribed to my feedburner feed, thank you. It's been great. Okay, that's probably a lie....but seriously, thank you for keeping your RSS software pointed at my feed in the unlikely event that I'll post something.
You may have noticed that the frequency at which I've been posting to this place has dropped to less than a trickle. In fact, I've done almost nothing in any of the online spaces I supposedly inhabit for quite awhile now. It took some time, but I've slowly realized that some thinking needs to be done about this. After some stewing, simmering, and slow pressure-cooking on this subject, I've decided that the time has come to withdraw from this particular scene.
Some things of (possible) note:
- I first launched into "this blogging thing" at the end of 2003. This was not long after I'd adjusted to college life, and had access to high-speed Internet access 24/7. I was a very different person back then. I cranked out 13 whole posts before the New Year rolled around.
- I posted 265 times in 2004. It was never a consistent flow, and I was pretty much all over the map. That's what happens when you grow up and evolve, I guess. Man, I was a serious monster in February.
- 2005 was a bit more reasonable, and better spread out. Still no real coherent vision though. But hey, it can be somewhat liberating to just write one's thoughts.
- Early 2006 showed some evolution and focus in this place. Somehow I drew the notice of GeeksAreSexy, and was brought on board as a contributor, and as a kind of co-editor after awhile. A lot of the techie musings and whatnot that had been emerging over here pretty much migrated over there. It was a good thing for [GAS], but probably not so hot for my flying kitchen appliance.
- Right around the time I had two forums to post my thoughts, the frequency of thought and the energy to digest and render them in writing waned. It's a little ironic that this "height" corresponded with the beginnings of the end, though I didn't know this yet.
- 2006 also saw me purchase my own domain and web-hosting. I fully intended to move this blog to a new home over there, including all prior posts, but I never managed to make the time to do so.
- This post is only the 6th one that's made it out for 2007. The last post prior to this one was in April. Since then, a number of noteworthy things have happened (passed orals, graduated from Whitman, got a full-time job in IT) that for whatever reason didn't make a blog post happen. Do you see the trend?
I'm now refactoring how to push information out to the people I know care about listening. More signal, less noise. More two-way conversation, less shouting into a dark and echoing void. It's time to migrate and evolve.
Bah. I don't like dead-ends either, so I'll leave you with a link to my ClaimID profile: http://claimid.com/mattpearson. How very meta of me. See you around the web.