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18 September 2009

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Last Post!

On the 18th of September 2004, I unveiled the first post on girtby.net.

And today, exactly 5 years later, I'm posting the last.

Really?

Well, maybe not the last for ever, but I'm certainly not planning any further posts here for the forseeable future.

Some time after you read this I'll be converting the blog to static HTML and moving to its new semi-permanent home courtesy of Matt Quail, to whom I am much indebted. The painstakingly-chosen domain name will remain and hopefully none of the links will break.

To the regular readers and commenters, thanks so much for making the effort to visit and contribute. I'll leave the syndication feeds in place, so by all means stay subscribed on the off chance that I publish anything further here. By all means unsubscribe to the comments feed though.

Why?

Frankly I'm just not excited about it any more. I am not a naturally gifted writer — oh no stop it, you are too kind — and so each article took a huge amount of careful crafting and ruthless editing before it reaches even my low quality standards. After a while this just started to feel like work.

Other factors were in play also. Blogging as a whole seems to be in something of a decline, so there's not that degree of inter-blogger interaction which we saw back in the heyday. Fewer bloggers, fewer posts, fewer readers. And for me, just not quite enough feedback or reward.

Also spammers are definitely one the reasons for closing the blog. I'm going to be fucking glad not to have to deal with their shitting in my nest.

I'd much rather close the blog rather than simply abandon it like most people seem to do. I offer no explanation for this.

Highlights and Lowlights

Here are some posts that I'm particularly proud of. You might wish to revisit them if you're feeling particularly nostalgic or bored.

Had I the inclination to continue publishing this blog, I might have updated the Virtual Furniture Police article with an example from the NSW education department. They are handing out the federal government-sponsored laptops but are constricting them so desperately as to make them almost completely useless. No internet access, and no installing new software, even for teachers. WTF?

Without a doubt, the lowlight would have to be one individual who responded to the Blogging Horror post with some moderately offensive comments. And the spammers. Oh the spammers.

What Next?

Instead of blogging here, I intend to participate more actively on other forums (the terrible state of forum software notwithstanding), microblogging at identi.ca, and other social networking sites.

I'll try to keep the about page up to date with links to my various online activities. Feel free to drop by.

2 Comments

Posted by
Sunny Kalsi
2009-09-18 12:42:10 -0500
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Sad face...


Posted by
Arash Partow
2009-09-22 12:02:42 -0500
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Sad to see you stop. You've had some nice gems over the years.