I've decided to stop blogging. I started this blog because I was reading city planning books and wanted a place to formulate my thoughts as they applied to the town I love. I also wanted to shine some light on areas of Oakland that tend to neglected in the BlogOaksphere. To a certain extent, I've accomplished what I set out to do. Of course there's always more, much more, for me to write about. However, I've been stretched pretty thin for most of this year, and this blog is often the thing that gets shortchanged. I'm also a dj (catch me at Easy on Lakeshore this Saturday) and I produce and dj for this group (catch us at Retox Lounge in SF this Friday). As that has picked up, I've decided that I need to be able to focus more fully on music.
I was totally unprepared for the success of this blog. I didn't start it with an audience in mind, and never expected the heated debates that are still raging in the comments section of some of my posts. While it's been exciting, it has also come to feel like a lot of pressure. Since I do it for free and have no aspirations to become a "real" journalist, I've found it increasingly difficult to justify the time-consuming work involved. (Also, "I have a blog" doesn't mean much when applying to city-planning jobs.) I've had a lot of ideas for directions to take the site, and several half-written posts, but I don't have the ambition to follow up on them. Better to cut it short than try to milk it.
At some point I may return to this blog, once I've read more, learned more, and have fresh inspiration. Then again, I may not. Time will tell. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to read, leave a comment, or post a link. I really do appreciate your time and thoughts.