March 18, 2006

Niek Asks Why?

Shutterclog's Niek Hockx asked why I didn't link to him in this post on quitting if I was talking about him, and I was, but it was a brief discussion we'd had via email, and I wouldn't take a compadre's email chat to the blog w/out saying so. Now, a big software honcho calling posses together to dig up dirt on me, yes. But that's not Niek.

Another reason why is that I can't keep UP with all of the folks saying they're quitting lately, or considering quitting, or setting timelines to quit, or unblogging, or what have you.

So, with apologies for not linking the first time, here's the inspiration for my Once You Go Blog post, from Niek, who says he's not quitting, he's unblogging, or some such variation related to going offline?

I'm not talking about a redesign or changing this site's aging code to the latest geek standards. As a matter of fact it's still fine as it is, because it displays OK on more computers and browsers, old and new, out there than most of the so called Web 2.0 stuff. (Yes, I'm old school, I still test those things).

I'm talking about a change in my life. I'm talking about a change in the way I use the Internet. After thirty years I'm even talking about a change in the way I use (or don't use) personal computers.

But never mind, I don't expect any of you to understand my change, because it's a personal thing and difficult to explain. I'm between a rock and a hard place.

So maybe I'm an asshole for not getting to what Niek is saying in my original post. Or maybe I'm an asshole for not originally linking, or maybe I'm NOT an asshole for thinking that getting out of here is the easy thing to do and getting pissed that so many old friends are thinking of doing just that--no matter what they call it.

Taking shots at the A-list and blogging is easier than sticking it out. But then, I don't know what's going on with anyone who is talking about NOT blogging. Because I'm sure they have reasons. Health, sanity, real-world commitments: Those are all the more noble pursuits.

But it sure seems that folks are using lots of pixels to say they're not doing what they're actually doing quite well.

And if I start doing that, you better tell me too.

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Anonymous said...

Hey, J, anybody serious about quitting leaves a farewell post and turns off the lights.

Blogging about thinking about quitting makes me think of Tinker Bell.

(Not that I don't also think about walking away so I can grow something this year beside a weed patch full of good intentions.)

Jeneane Sessum said...

I don't know. I just don't want to see old friends go. Take a break, okay. But go? How can anyone know that they're going? Will I go? Will I know when to go? I don't know.

Anonymous said...

Jeneane, like I already said in email, it was just a simple question. I was just wondering. And let me make one thing perfectly clear: I have never thought of you as an asshole. On the contrary! All these years your blog has been very high on my reading list and that won't change!