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A Short Note

Dear Readers: apologies for the sudden dropoff in posting. I’ve received email inquiry asking why the recent silence, despite all the mischief afoot (pedestrian plazas, transit operator budgets going haywire, and so forth), so an explanation is owed. I haven’t had any time lately to post — but truth be told, I haven’t had much heart for it, either. For awhile I had considered upgrading the site and redoing its design. But right now, I’m weighing if it’s worth putting in the time to do that, or whether it’d be better to take a vacation, or maybe just stop altogether. Posting will continue but probably remain slow until it all gets sorted out.

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12 thoughts on “A Short Note

  1. My 2 cents, as a long time web site owner, I too have grown uninsipired about my topic considering the amount of work required to maintain it. As such, I too have stopped. However, I love your content and this topic and as such would recommend keeping the same site design and that you continue posting.

    Posted by Jerry Figueroa | 20 May 2009, 9:47 am
  2. I post every 2-3 weeks and it feels like a pain in the ass. But I like your blog.

    Posted by Crimson | 20 May 2009, 1:52 pm
  3. I know I’ve seen a number of people speak highly of your blog, and it’s at the top of my bookmark list for when I have a spare moment at work. I vote (as many times as I can) that you keep posting, even if it is less frequent and more often takes the form of open threads.

    Posted by Josh | 20 May 2009, 2:34 pm
  4. I think everyone goes through this esp. if you’re not getting paid to do it. I had the same feeling a few months ago…I’ve often said the moment my blogs become chores and not a fun side gig, I’m quitting.

    My frustration has been with my lack of technical know how to upgrade my site, and I don’t have the time now to sit down and study for hours and weeks on end to get there…

    Posted by gdewar | 20 May 2009, 2:38 pm
  5. Thanks, I appreciate the notes. Haven’t figured out yet what will ultimately happen, this post was just a heads up to explain the posting slowdown. I think you all have said it well, and I expect the apathy is quite a common phenomenon. Here, it’s not apathy with the subject, but with mostly with having to use limited time and energy toward posting instead of doing something else. Greg basically said it, it starts feeling like a chore — kind of like not posting is shirking a responsibility. Redesigning the look would probably be the fun part, but then there’s not much point to doing that without new posts on the other end. Anyway — thanks, I’ll continue to think it over, and probably some shorter postings will trickle in, to keep up with news in the meantime.

    Posted by Eric | 20 May 2009, 3:07 pm
  6. Keep up the good work.

    Posted by andrew | 20 May 2009, 6:01 pm
  7. Keep up the good work, Eric!

    Posted by Jake | 20 May 2009, 6:39 pm
  8. You’ve built up one of the most respected urban planning blogs in the Bay Area and beyond. I’d put Transbay and SF Cityscape as my two all-time favorites. I hope you keep it up in some form.

    Posted by Daniel | 20 May 2009, 9:44 pm
  9. Hope you keep posting, Eric, but I understand if you don’t. I know exactly what you mean about something becoming a chore after awhile, even if you’re passionate about the overall subject. Many thanks for the hard work that you’ve already put in, regardless of what you decide for the future.

    Posted by Chris | 20 May 2009, 9:50 pm
  10. I’ve just stumbled across your blog, and I see it as an inspiration. Maintaining a site is really hard, but you always have great analysis and actual news. Thanks for all of your work!

    Posted by jwpschaub | 20 May 2009, 10:50 pm
  11. Thanks, everyone, I appreciate it (although dang it, this does make the decision harder). Please know that I haven’t decided yet, and will continue to post as I can (in fact, just did) until committing one way or the other. The purpose of this post was only to explain why things been slow lately, and why they may continue to be slow. Thanks for your patience while I sort through it.

    Posted by Eric | 20 May 2009, 10:57 pm
  12. As a student doing my best to live car-free in the Bay Area, I enjoy and appreciate your blog very much.

    Posted by Alex F | 25 May 2009, 2:06 am

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