April 11, 2003

Peter’s back

I notice that Peter Merholz is back online. And of course he gives the mandatory explanation about “why he stopped” and “why he came back” and all that, and even manages to squeeze in a few papragraphs of Quaker philosophy. All of which makes me wonder why there has to be such a huge fanfare everytime somebody “starts” or “stops” writing on their weblog. I mean, it’s not like these things are on any kind of set schedule or anything. What does it matter if you don’t write for a few days, or weeks, or months? I guess for some people all of this is terribly important, and if you’re going to do it, you have to do it all the time, and if you’re going to stop, it better be for good. I could never figure that out. I write when something pops into my head. If nothing’s in my head, I don’t write. If I have something better to do, I don’t write. If I want to prune a tree or get licked in the face by a dog, a couple of the examples Peter gave, I just switch off the monitor and do it. The Web won’t fall apart without me, and if I want to go away for a little bit I don’t have to hang a “Closed” sign on my door. I just go.

Not that any of this is directed at Peter, he just set off the rant. And I am glad to see him “back” And if I wasn’t sleeping I would have noticed that he’s been part of Beast Blog for a while.

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  1. Margs says:

    I must admit I appreciate it when people who's blogs I read say when they're going on vacation / taking a trip and so on. As to fanfare around stopping and starting – that can be unnecessary (but keeping fans updated can be useful). On a different tack I check a few forums as well and get quite annoyed when people get into a snit and make a big announcment that they're leaving (inevitably only to sneak back a short while later once they've calmed down).

    Posted April 12, 2003 @ 7:21 pm
  2. Douglas S. Santos says:

    Yeah, it's a sort of courtesy, but not mandatory by any means, particularly if it's updated daily it's nice to know so you can stop checking in the meantime.

    Posted April 15, 2003 @ 1:45 am
  3. peterme says:

    There are a couple reasons I wrote about it. Primarily because when I shut down the blog, I got an overwhelming response. My post about why I came back was to respond to what seemed out there to be a concern. (I don't mean to be self-important here… Just forthcoming.)

    The other was that, well, the blog was a significant part of my life, leaving it was a pretty big deal for me, and coming back was also a pretty big deal. And I write about things that are big deals to me on my site.

    Posted April 16, 2003 @ 10:43 am

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