The title of this post perhaps overstates the situation somewhat. I am not abandoning the blog entirely. I will continue to post chapters of Lindy and other creative pieces. I will also post longer essay-length pieces occasionally, and I will not guarantee that the urge to write something blog-ish will not strike me now and again. On the whole, however, I have decided that I will no longer be writing the blog in the intentional way that I have been over the past three years.
It was not any major event that triggered this decision, just the growing sense that I am becoming bored with the form of the blog post, bored with its brevity, and bored with its lack of focus. I feel the need to produce writing that is longer and more focused and more reflective and more patient again. I feel the need to read and write less but to do so therefore with a greater concern for my reading and writing. So, while I will still be posting in this space, it will be less frequently and probably at greater length.
As part of this change in my focus, I will probably also begin gathering some of my earlier posts on different topics and editing them into larger pieces that I will then post under the Longer Works section. Many of the posts that I have written these past years have become reference points for me, like a set of notes for larger ideas and questions, and I would like the chance to spend some time giving these notes a fuller form, particularly those on home, and threshold, and community. I have begun on some of these projects already, but I will not hazard to guess when anything finished will be forthcoming.
On a final note, I would like to thank everyone who responded to what I have written in this space, either in comments or in conversation. I have greatly appreciated the ways that you have challenged me to think and to rethink, and I am indebted to you very deeply.