Thanks for all the fish

I’ve decided to step away from WestonWeb for a while.

I know I speak for Roy, too, when I say it’s been wonderful writing for you for the past 12 years. It’s been a big part of our lives.

Nonetheless, I think it’s time to move on. I’ve got a lot on my plate with a job and two growing kids. And, to be honest, my heart hasn’t been in WestonWeb for a while. There have been a lot of nights (mostly in a rush before the newsletter goes out) where I’ve asked myself “Why the hell am I pushing this boulder up the mountain again?”

The answer has been “Because I’ve pushed it up 600 times already.” Clearly, that’s a bit silly.

WestonWeb and I had a trial separation over the summer, and, honestly, it felt right. I went canoeing with my son, travelling with my family, and took that little bit of extra time for myself. It felt good! I won’t say it’s been a revelation or that my life has changed dramatically, but I will say I love spending less time on screens. My job is now almost fully online and my whole body feels pixellated sometimes.

Thank you very much for being part of this. It’s been a joy and a privilege to write for you for all these years.

Party’s over

I’m going to shut down the comments on our website. Sorry about that—the party got out of hand, and I’ve had enough for now.

There are three reasons. Two are technical, and one is my own failing.

First, the report-a-comment function isn’t working. Second, I’m not always receiving emails when new comments are posted, as I should. WestonWeb is old and decrepit, and some things just aren’t working as they ought to. As a result, some comments I won’t allow have been getting by me.

Finally, my enthusiasm for WestonWeb has always ebbed and flowed, but as you can maybe tell, it’s pretty low at the moment. I’m not checking in often enough to keep a handle on the corners of the site that have gotten out of hand.

So, lights are up, music is off. Thanks to those of you who came with love.

In other, related, news, I think I’m going to take a week or two off to see if I can rekindle some enthusiasm. I see that this is our 4000th published article, and it seems like as good a time as any for me to take a break.