May 21, 2015

An Indefinite Vacation


After several months of consideration, I've decided it is time for the dreaded “going on hiatus” post. I started Public Transportation Snob four years ago, and it’s been rewarding to connect with so many great people through the site. I’ve traveled out of town to meet fellow bloggers, welcomed them to St. Louis, and chatted for countless hours on podcasts. It’s been awesome, but sometimes it’s time to tackle a new challenge. I’ve made adjustments and tried to keep myself engaged with writing about movies. Even so, the best move at this point is to take an indefinite break from this site.

This choice relates to my “Pop Culture Decluttering” plans described last month, but that isn’t the only reason. I love digging into films and they're messages, and my mind won’t stop that activity. The ratings and short reviews will continue on Letterboxd, and I’ll try to give more reactions on Twitter as I go. They just won’t be put together in full reviews on this site. My posting frequency has gone way down in the past few months, and it makes sense to say something official. There are so many different tasks that occupy time at work and home, and this blog will exit that list.

I’m calling this hiatus indefinite because there’s still a small chance I’ll re-appear on the site periodically. I may get inspired to write about the second season of Deadwood (when I finally watch it) or to dig back into revisiting Stargate Universe. If Michael Mann directs another film, I’ll have to discuss it somewhere. It won't be the same posting frequency as in the past, however. Regardless of whether this is the last post on this site or not, I’ll still remain active in the online community. In a strange way, I may actually watch a few more films because there’s no concern with writing about them here. Guest posts may still happen down the road too. The possibilities are endless, but it’s time to step back. I’ve written more than 750 posts since March 2011; it’s hardly been a quiet endeavor.

To anyone who’s read, commented, or passed along a kind word about this site, I’m eternally grateful. Thanks to all of you for making this such a fun project!

24 comments:

  1. There's no reason to keep blogging if the magic is gone or it starts to feel like a chore. You'll be missed, of course, but your life is more important.

    Enjoy your movies and your extra free time!

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    1. Thanks Steve! I'll still be around (and definitely reading your site), but I think that it's time to shut it down for a while. It won't be hard to fill the time.

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  2. Sad to see a post like this appear, but it's a decision you've thought through. Hope to see you post something occasionally and hope I'll at least see you leaving some comments on various blogs still....

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    1. I'm not going anywhere and will definitely keep reading other great sites like yours. I'll have to see about new posts; it's possible I'll get re-engaged at some point. It's just hard to know right now.

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  3. Dan!! Best of luck... Unfortunately I realize this means you'll have more time to kick my ass at Trivia Crack! :/

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    1. Never! You're the challenge master! Good to hear from you, Fogs.

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  4. Going to echo everyone else's thoughts and my tweet to you earlier - it's sad, but kind of exciting too. Moving on and changing. Hope to still see you around :)

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    1. Thanks Jaina. I've enjoyed watching you try different things on your blogs lately. It's a bit scary but also fun too. This feels like the right time for me. Cheers!

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  5. Enjoy your vacation. Just relax and chill. I'll still be here reading your stuff.

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    1. Thanks! I appreciate all the great comments (and your excellent writing) over the past few years.

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  6. Hope you enjoy your future endeavors. :D

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    1. I appreciate it. I'll definitely keep tabs on your site.

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  7. Enjoy your hiatus. I've had a fun time coming by here and getting ti "know" you. Hopefully, I'll still come across you somewhere online.

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    1. Thanks man. I'll still be around for sure and appreciate your kind words about the site.

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  8. In keeping with your hiatus, the PTS link will remain bookmarked on my web browsers indefinitely. Thanks for all the effort. The variety and depth of your writing has been a pleasure. Of course, I hope this doesn't mean you're going to put more energy into your fantasy baseball team . . . I need you disinterested in that sphere.

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    1. I sometimes think my fantasy baseball team would do better if I spent less time focused on them. Thanks for the comment, Matt.

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  9. Thanks for all the well written film posts. It was always worth the trip to PTS. I'll keep my eyes open for you when you raise your head in the future. Time off is time to treasure.

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    1. Thanks Richard! I appreciate the kind words and your interest in the site.

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  10. I am sad to see you go man, but this does give me a chance to catch up on your older posts. Enjoy your vacation man

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    1. Get to it, Vern! Thanks for all the support over the years.

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  11. Life comes first, my friend. I hope you have fun decluttering some pop culture! Thanks for all your great entries on this, and for supporting my writing so much over these years.

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    1. Alex, I appreciate the kind words. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on your site and your directing career.

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