*to Hanlon's razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Thank you, and goodbye.

The year this blog has been active has been an interesting experience, and I have had some great communication, but alas... the blog doesn't do what I want it to do anymore.  I wanted to play with writing about the things I know and the thoughts I have, and now that I have done that for a year, I want to write more seriously, and in longer format.  My longer format pieces have got less readership than the shorter, so this will be blog-suicide.  I've had a naive dream of being a 'writer': trying to start online should soon kill that.

I'd love to tell you more about my plans, but since my new blog may include my full identity, whereas this one does not, I am going to be more judicious in how I use my identity: here I have not, and need to disassociate from it.  'Mr.S.' may also no longer be commenting on your blog.  Thank you for that opportunity.  I'll still be reading yours, if I have before, and I may comment under a new name.  I will not admit any connection between the two names, of course.

Thank you to all of my readers, and especially to those who have commented with their blog linked.  The latter are, in no preferential order:
- Will
- Chris
- BiggerInJapan
- kamo
- Derek
- angrygaijin
- Medea
- Brian
- sixmats
- octopus
- Martin
- jay@newzjapan
- Blue Shoe
- Our Man in Abiko
- loneleeplanet
- Robbie

Keep writing.


  1. "this will be blog-suicide"

    Looks like suicide either way, with or without the longer pieces. I know I'm the new kid on the block, so you probably want to take this with a handful of salt, but you really think starting from scratch and dumping the readership base you've got here is the way to go? You might lose a fair few, but those who stick around might give you better responses. But what do I know?

    I guess if it's mainly about managing your identity that's understandable. Can't say I'm not slightly disappointed though (take that as a compliment, by the way). Good luck with the next step.

  2. Man....my week is NEVER going to get better! My cat, my ipad...a favorite read..?? I'm probably the most active blogger when it comes to updating and evaluating blogs on my roll and I was thrilled to find you and the person that commented above me.


  3. Chris, I would have dropped this blog sooner if you had not made it twice as interesting when you started to comment. Thanks for that, and for putting me on your sidebar.

    Kamo, it is a spectacularly bad idea, but this blog has turned into nothing but rants and splutter. Everyone else, including you and Chris, have a better focused blog, which above all is what I am after.

  4. In my unsolicited and defiantly humble opinion...your arrogant rants and articulate sputtering will be horribly missed.

    Mr.S, thank you for your time and attention.
    And perhaps most of all, thanks for reminding me what a bicycle is for.


  5. I think longer pieces generally get less readership. My blog stats are off the charts for some posts I think are terrible, yet posts that I really strained myself on and researched, which are also better written, get few hits.

    As long as the posts are interesting (to you), I don't think you should care. Keep writing!

  6. Thank you.

    Yes, I think I have the fewest comments on posts I put much thought into. My rants get the most. Should I just give in to my rage demons?


  7. don't give up now, my good man! We are reading.