I can certainly sympathize with Eric Wittenberg's recent post regarding burnout and blogging. I've had many of the same thoughts and feelings in recent months. Even though I've been fairly active with posting lately, and involved in some rather heated debates, I tend to have a love/hate relationship with the blogosphere.
The discussions often digress into pettiness, name calling, and insults (I'm guilty as well) while few minds are ever changed in the online debates. Arguments which center around perspectives and interpretations go around in circles with opponents simply regurgitating the same points over and over and over. I'm tired of being taken out of context (often purposely) by those who are pushing an agenda. It's all gotten very old. Frankly, I'm bored out of mind with it all. And these distractions and frustrations have all been multiplied as I've also recently been blogging under a pseudonym on a rather popular conservative blog.
Furthermore, I have a couple of books that I really need to get to work on (one almost complete) as well as a couple of magazine and newspaper articles I've promised to publishers. I still believe that print publications have much more permanence and impact than all the background noise on the internet, which is posted and then forgotten. Blogging is becoming more of a distraction than anything else. I feel as though my time would be better spent on putting something in print than spending so much time here.
Also, spending more time with my dear wife, my 6 children, my 13 grandchildren and writing hard copy (in lieu of blogging) would also likely provide some much-needed therapy.
I have not made up my mind yet, but this is the direction I'm leaning. What I will likely do is upload a few posts that I've been holding back for a while, then take a break or maybe limit my posting to once a week, or perhaps none at all. We'll see. Right now I'm going to go eat some homemade spaghetti my daughter just made, then go work it off at the gym.