Over the last year, I have been refocusing the nature of my writing. Since I studied at Cambridge, I have spent much more time focusing on individuals. Blogging can seem to be about the blogger, while writing emails lets me focus on others more easily.
Unfortunately, friends who live in other places have been at a loss. Furthermore, some of the more polished things I have produced over the last few years need to be archived.
Email's most tempting feature is the potential to permit multiple identities. Blogs encourage integrity because everyone sees the same one. People assume the written word is your final word. Questioned orthodoxies and scandalous thoughts can safely be shared with those best prepared to help- but there can be a strong temptation to keep keep ideological secrets.
Then there are the embarrassing posts. First, the ones that will never leave the massive "Drafts" area. Then the ones that did. I prefer however to be uncomfortable with what I have said and done. Keeping them online forces me to remember and pressures me toward honesty and integrity.
More recently, my work for the World University Project, Emberlight, and the knowledge Generation Bureau have reconnecting me with the wider world in exciting ways. While I don't expect to blog regularly, I expect to resume posting things of interest when appropriate.