I’m writing a book!

[left to right: Jonathan Zittrain, Scott Rosenberg, Tim Wu, Evgenie Morozov, some yutz…]

So the bad news is that my publishing schedule here — previously every weekday, currently every week — is going to be disrupted once again. The good news is that I’m writing a book!

My new year’s resolution for 2012 is to try my hand at long-form writing. Considering that a book inspired this blog in the first place it kind of makes sense. My Phone Book is the working title for my first tome; as you might expect I’m writing it out in the open on a WordPress blog, and will offer it for free as an .epub file when it’s all edited and done.

As of this writing I’m already three chapters in, and I’m starting to find that with the podcast I do and the comedy troupe I direct, well… something has to give, at least for the moment. Let’s not call it the end, just a hiatus. I’ll still be posting relevant links to this site’s Identi.ca and Twitter accounts; if you’re not following me on either of those networks now would be a great time to do that.

WordPress has made a nice visual summary of Oa data for 2011; you can see it here. Some thanks are definitely in order to Ghabuntu, Jade Bryan Jardinico and Kevin Neely for their many and thoughtful comments. Thanks too, to Dennis Bournique of WAP Review; along with his comments he helped me get the mobile version of my site sorted out early on. I’m also quite thrilled that Kevin, along with Anthony Marco and Leo, wrote guest posts here. You should definitely check those out if you haven’t already.

And thanks, of course, to all my readers — ok, this is really starting to sound like a goodbye and it’s not, necessarily. I just need to focus on something else for a bit. I’m hoping that by removing any self-imposed posting schedule I’ll be free to write here whenever I please.

This particular endeavour was never about money for me. I’m proud to say that I’ve never had advertising on this site, only some Amazon Affiliate links for books and a Flattr button. My goal with Open attitude was to be taken more seriously as a blogger, and thanks to your feedback both here and around the web I’m satisfied that I’ve accomplished that.

And like I said I might well be back, I’m just not entirely sure when. So until my next post here (to borrow a phrase from The Linux Outlaws) stay free and stay open…

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