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Shutting down this blog

I've come to the decision that I no longer wish to blog on a daily (okay, "weekdaily") basis, and since I have the option of going to Battleland (thanks to Mark Thompson) for the occasional post as I see fit, I'm going to shut down this aspect of my site.

I've been blogging here since the spring of 2004 and, while it's been fun, I feel like I've run this course . . . enough times - on a creative basis.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I will do anything gung-ho so long as I feel creative in the pursuit, but that I'll drop it once that is no longer the case and there are other avenues that seem to offer that buzz in larger amounts.

A number of things factor into this decision - besides the creativity.  With the move to Madison, I feel one chapter of my life closing and another opening up. And, as there are big changes afoot in the family (e.g., it's not just my eldest son but my spouse who will attend the UW), I feel there are simply a number of decisions I need to make.

It's much like going through all your stuff before a move and deciding what you absolutely need to keep and what should go to somebody else - or just get tossed.  Again, because I can sound off at Battleland at my leisure, I don't see the blogging function going away entirely - just downsized like our household (we were 8 just last summer, and soon to be six in a matter of weeks).

Personally, I love big changes and I love reinvention, so I think this will be good.  I'll recast the site somewhat in the weeks ahead, making it more an archive than blog-centric.

I want to thank everybody who stopped by and pitched in over the years.  It was a good ride.  For the record, this was blog post 12,877.

Those who enjoy the privilege know how to engage me.

So long.

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Reader Comments (54)

The only good writer on US China relations. Your blog will be sorely missed.

May 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPY

Thank you for blogging! I've learned a great deal from you. I wish you the best in the Madison-phased reinvention.

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThaddeus Jankowski

I find an author I like who's talking about things that interest me, but he's already stopped posting to his blog. Sigh.

Thanks for keeping the old postings up and I hope one day you reconsider and start posting again.
Good luck on all your future endeavors.

November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Davey

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMin Zhu

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