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Saturday, 11 May 2013

Finis

After two years I’ve decided to end my blogging activities. It has become far too time-consuming and I’m running out of things to say, or my efforts are said better elsewhere.

There are other things I want to pick up again, other avenues to explore. I may take up blogging again, possibly with a new blog, but not for quite a while.

Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all your comments and if you don’t leave comments, many thanks for stopping by. I'd mention names but I'm afraid of forgetting someone, so thanks - you know who you are!

It’s been a highly enjoyable and enlightening experience. I've learned more from bloggers and blog commenters than ever I learned from the mainstream media. I've also gained a small inkling of just how many decent, knowledgeable people there are out there and that's something I'll never forget. 

All the very best to everyone

Mike ( aka  A K Haart )

28 comments:

Angus Dei said...

Nay, nay and thrice nay AK!

Take a break instead, let the world imbue you with fresh info and bring your logical and entertaining style to the blogosphere once again:)

Or if you are determined-good luck with real life and don't forget to visit occasionally.

Your old friend

Angus

Scrobs... said...

Mr Mike, I understand your predicament, and respectfully suggest that you may consider the Scrobs approach, which is just an occasional post, and an ocasional check to make sure everyone's still alive!

I agree that where we're all trying to write like Marmite, there is some pressure, but - hey - my other blog I follow is all about gardening, which is really a true passion, so let's have your views on leeks and PSB for a start!

Kindest regards, and thanks too,

(another) Mike.

Roger said...

Enjoy your break and enjoy those other things. Yours was certainly one of the better blogs. Adieu.

Mark In Mayenne said...

Goodbye for now and thanks for all the posts.

Mac said...

"It’s been a highly enjoyable and enlightening experience."

This also applies to those who read your words.

So you're going to stop? Many have tried; few have succeeded. See you in a couple of weeks.

Macheath said...

My thanks for the many enjoyable hours spent reading your posts - and your books and stories.

This has been an oasis of calm, reason and wit in an increasingly crowded and frenetic blogosphere; I hope that, some day, you will once more feel the need to get back on the soap-box.

Meanwhile, I hope we meet again in the comment sections elsewhere.

Au revoir!

Demetrius said...

Was it something I said about Duns Scotus? All the best to one of the better blogs. Try this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EUytEX_XkE

Enjoy!

Sam Vega said...

Very sad news indeed. You have, with a few others, elevated blogging to an art form. Despite your modesty, you are a very talented writer and have a genuinely original take on the world. I will miss your posts, and am very grateful for all you have done.

The good stuff always ends too soon, the dross endures.

Stay well, AKH.

Sackerson said...

AKH, I have emailed you.

Congratulations on all the good work doen so far.

A K Haart said...

All - gulp! Many thanks for your kind words. Maybe it's just a temporary burnout - we'll see.

duffandnonsense said...

All of the above - PLUS+PLUS!

And at least you know where to find a decent up of tea/coffee should you be in the Dorset/Somerset area.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Wow, "AK" stands for Mike.

Don't give up, just post less often. Blogging isn't all or nothing, it's still blogging if you only post something once a month to keep your hand in.

James Higham said...

Oh dear, think I'm going to die. A great loss.

The Filthy Engineer said...

We all get the dread disease of Blogger Fatigue sometimes. I've nearly given up several times.

Yvonne said...

Oh no! I do hope you will be back. I have always found that you have added sense to the world and led me in directions that I may never have gone.
I wish you well, but for myself rather than you, I would like to believe that it is a break rather than forever.

Woodsy42 said...

I shall miss reading this blog Mike, there are not many such informative and well written blogs around. Thanks for all the entertainment and ideas, and good luck with finding nice things to do with your increased spare time.

A K Haart said...

David, Mark, James, Yvonne and Woodsy - many thanks for your kind words. I do expect to be back one day, but since I posted this my novel writing has been going like a dream!

Maybe I can't do both, in which case I may be back once the book is finished and launched into Kindle obscurity (:

A K Haart said...

Filthy Engineer - I find that very encouraging, because I suspect I just need a good break, but we'll see.

missred said...

Ahh, just as I found you (through Duff). I, too, took a break for 6 month, but have decided if I have something to say, I will blog it. I will keep checking back here. I also enjoy your short stories. I hope you will keep those going.

A K Haart said...

missred - thanks, I think I may follow your approach once I take up blogging again.

NNoN said...

Your blog will be missed! But I understand your predicament. Good luck with your book!

A K Haart said...

NNoN - thanks, it's going well at the moment.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

Having been preoccupied in Shropshire for the past month my reading of other blogs has been minimal.

Now I have some time, the first thing I see is that one of my favourite bloggers has called it a day.

Tha attraction of your blog was the diversity of subjects, each of which was interesting.

Mark W is right - don't stop, just limit yourself to one a month or, even better, one a week.

Anyways, obviously the decision is yours and I wish you every success in whatever pursuit you now take up.

Kindest regards.

A K Haart said...

Witterings - thanks, I shall probably take the limited blogging advice eventually.

Thud said...

Take a break, recharge then enter the fray.

A K Haart said...

Thud - I probably shall.

Electro-Kevin said...

It's a nicely written blog and I feel privileged to have you visit mine.

Never say never !

A K Haart said...

Kevin - thanks. Much appreciated and reciprocated.