To my mind, the best blogs are really just fancy online newspaper columns. With the possible exception of the Molly Bloom-esque Scoble, I find that most of the time I’m not as interested in the day-to-day travails of the various people in my blogroll. Instead, I prefer when bloggers write in longer, more detailed entries with a specific purpose or message to get across (although it is possible to go overboard on that). It’s no surprise, then, that I like bloggers who are writers of some sort in real life, such as my high-school friend Jesse who writes a blog and is a magazine editor in the real world.
However, the one problem that blogs have is that there is no easy way to declare yourself “on hiatus.” Newspaper columns have the luxury of just running old columns, but there is no good way as of yet to distinguish a blog that’s quiet because the author is on vacation from a blog that’s quiet because the author has lost interest and isn’t coming back.
I, myself, have been on hiatus due to a combination of work pressures, book writing pressures and vacation. Design issues are like buses – none show up for a long time and then they all show up together. As far as the mythical VB language reference book goes, I just completed my yearly performance review where I discovered, to my horror, that one of my goals from last year was “finish the VB language reference book.” We’ve now got a solid goal of getting the book out by VSLive! next spring, so I’m having to get my butt in gear finally and bang this thing out. And after a long dry spell with no vacation, I’m going on several trips this fall, including one last weekend to New York.
So I guess I’m going to have to just say that things will be slow for a little while, but still expect to see some output as we go along here…