Largely as a result of a link back from Skagit IMS Tipline, I hopped over to David Maister’s blog. I’ve not read David for a while, only because my reading habits have changed. I was surprised to find that he has mothballed the blog for the time being and that over the last few months, the frequency with which he posts had declined. It’s a phenomenon I’ve seen elsewhere. Heck, I’ve been a bit hit and miss recently but then I’ve seen more of the conversations in which I am interested shift to Twitter. Most recently, Jason Calacanis simply announced he is giving up completely (although I’m not sure whether it is a stunt.) For those that don’t know, Jason was one of the early leaders in the blog space who now runs Mahalo, a human driven search engine.
I sense a certain fatigue creeping in and it’s not just among bloggers. A colleague of mine has been bemoaning his position the last few months and today came out with the classic: “It would be great if it wasn’t for the people.” How true. People are frustrating at times but then if we were all the same then we’d be a pretty boring bunch.
Even so, when you’re responsible for people, it can become exhausting, confusing and unrewarding. That’s the time to go do something else. How do you take those decisions? Easy. As David says, make a choice.
Some decisions are easier to take than others. I recall when I made the decision to bail out of practice. I had nothing much else going on and the thought of losing what amounts to tenure was terrifying. But then I felt like I could not go back. I was tired, I’d done what I wanted, there was nothing more to be gained by hanging around and I’d given all that I could.
Making that decision to *not* go back was simple in the end. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. Bringing this full circle, I’m tired right now. Many things are going on, most of which are pretty good but I’m at risk of getting burnt out. I’ll be switching everything off very shortly. No computer, no internet and no phone.