Taking Stock and Slowing Down

I’ve lost track of how long the English Rules website has been running, but its transformation from a simple online reference for my students to a multifaceted weblog occurred in August 2003, when I installed the Movable Type Publishing Platform and posted my very first entry, The Economist Steven Levitt and Other Heroes, which was based on a New York times article I had just read.

Since then I have posted 220 blog entries, 435 words of the day, 56 writing-guide articles, and 258 photos. Add to that the over 1,200 comments from others, and it starts to look like there is a substantial amount of content in this place. For me this site has been a labor of love, a learning tool, a playground, and a meeting place.

I regret having to say this, but I am in need of a break. There are too many other projects and responsibilities competing for my time. The next six months or so are set to be some of the busiest of my entire life. The only way to keep myself sane during this time is to pare down the number of things I feel I have to do. I may post an entry here and there, and I’ll try to get a few more photos of the kids on the site, but the updates are going to be a lot less frequent for a while.

Thanks to all of you who read my ramblings. Thanks to those who comment, to those who send emails, to those who keep in touch in other ways. Thanks to all the “lurkers” out there, too. It’s nice to know that there are people out there who care enough to read what I have to write, even when it starts to lose any sense of coherence, as it is doing now.

So that’s my message. I’ll touch base again in June—and I hope a few times between now and then.

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