. . . I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I’m a human being before I am a writer; and a writer before I am a blogger, and although it’s been a joy and a privilege to have helped pioneer a genuinely new form of writing, I yearn for other, older forms. I want to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged. ~ Andrew Sullivan. . . though I'm actually considering starting another blog. I probably won't abandon this one (I need to keep it active if for no other reason to rebut some of the asinine posts coming from other blogs), but will likel only post once a week here, while focusing on the other blog which will also likely be a once a week post - quality over quantify.
I believe a lot of people are simply overwhelmed by blogs and social media of all types, including those that focus on history, especially the history of the War Between the States. Note the latest obsessed obsession at a few academic blogs about "black Confederates." My Lord, they're worse than the wacky Southern Heritage folks. Give it a rest already. The rest of the world has moved on. You read these blogs and its the same thing over and over: endless mind-numbing debates over the cause of the war, slavery, tariffs, black Confederates, all morphed into politically correct, agenda-driven nonsense, etc, etc, ad nauseum.
This upcoming May, I'll have been blogging here 10 years. I love to write and history and culture is my passion, but I'm being pulled in a slightly different direction. So, I've got a few posts to catch up on here, which I hope to do very soon, and then I'm going to do some of what Andrew Sullivan discusses above - read and write - slowly.