Every year around now I give a brief update on the blog and my future plans (here's last years), and every year I have pledged to continue blogging. This year is different, as I plan to stop blogging here sometime in the next few months. (I have posts queued to the end of April, so don't walk away yet!)
The blog is dead, long live the blog!
I am making this decision for a few reasons:
- In this recent interview/podcast, I talk about how I've decided to simplify my life by taking on fewer new obligations and shutting down ongoing obligations.* I recommend that podcast for more details, but the main message is that I am happy to have less stress and more time for teaching, reading, writing and living.
- The Aguanomics archive is too large for me to search or manage. I doubt that anyone reads old posts, so I want to create a summary product. I plan to publish The Best of Aguanomics sometime this summer. That book will include a few hundred of my favorite posts, collected in different categories (e.g., controversial, corruption, markets, etc.) Although choosing a few out of 5,000 will be hard, I am looking forward to the search ;). And, yes, please do email me a few of your favorites.
Of course I'll keep blogging!
Bottom line: I've learned as much from the insights, questions and experiences of you readers as I did in my PhD program, and I am grateful for this opportunity to think about water for 10 years.** It's now time to close this chapter and start a new one. I hope you will join me.***
* As of 24 March, I have reduced my backlog of 60 blog posts to write (based on notes stored in three different "piles") to one book review. This is the first time in 10 years, I think, that I've had nothing in the "I've got to blog this" pile!
** Yes, I will of course be keeping track of water issues and probably publishing on the political economy of water, but I'll be blogging more on TOHE issues...
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