After hearing numerous suggestions and kicking around the options, I have decided not to completely close shop. However, I will do things a bit differently from here on. I don’t plan to spend more than about 2 hours a week on the blog, and I am taking the following steps in order to more effectively manage my time.
I will only write and post essays when I have time that is truly “free.” That is limited for the most part to Saturday and Sunday morning, when I usually wake up at 5 or 6 and have a couple of hours before anyone else wakes up. I will either post a substanive essay, or do a quick review of the week’s interesting energy developments. Once the rest of the family starts to wake up, I will stop what I am doing. My intent is for my activities to be completely invisible to my family and my employer, and to take no time away from either.
I am going to leave comments on. Enough people have told me that they can ignore the trolls, and I want this to be a forum where people can discuss energy issues. I have also learned a lot from comments, and there needs to be a forum for people to challenge points or offer corrections. However, I don’t generally plan to respond to comments. On my Saturday/Sunday morning “check-ins” I will skim comments and see if one really requires a response.
Once a week I will come through and do maintenance, getting rid of trash. What is trash? Comments that are designed to be inflammatory; comments that are unproductive (e.g., links to off-topic information), and any comment that attempts to identify my employer. I can’t make it clear enough: What I am doing here has nothing to do with my employer, and I have been asked by them to make that clear. I do not speak for them, even when my position is consistent with the official company position. That should be clear enough, so don’t complain if you violate those guidelines and your comment is deleted.
I am leaving my e-mail address offline, but if you really need to get in touch (and don’t already have my e-mail address), then post something in the comments and I should eventually see it.
I will post substantive essays on perhaps a monthly basis. It just depends on how long it takes me to work one up. I have a number of excerpts that I can pull out from the ethanol FAQ (still a work in progress), and I have a lot of material from the renewable diesel essay that I recently worked on.
If I stick to this regimen, I think I can manage the rest of the things in my life. If not, then I will have to quit this. But I spent the past week away from the blog, rarely checking in and making no comments, just to see if I could do it. And it really wasn’t all that hard. 🙂