Thus endth the blog

Dear Readers,

I am going on an indefinite hiatus from blogging and writing online. I will continue to share occasional updates with through email, but I am letting go of blogging for the time being.

My writing priorities are shifting to long-form book projects. In the immediate, my focus is on completing a treatise on the nature of simplicity. As this thought project evolves, I am becoming evermore addicted to the intoxicating liberation of discarding as many superfluous, distracting and complicating concerns as I can. I have realized that maintaining an ‘online presence’ is one such extra and needless worry — a burden ripe for jettisoning! Ergo, I am abandoning the compulsion to fulfill a weekly production cycle of online material. The decision to jump off this hamster wheel is a necessary step in my pursuit of living more simply.

I have been blogging in one place or another since 2004, and I appreciate that many of you who are reading this post have graciously stuck with me for the long haul, and I am so thankful for your time, attention, and patient long-suffering over the years. The invitation to invade your feed readers every week has been a privilege and an honour that I do not take lightly. I have learned so much from your feedback and reflections along the way, and I am so grateful for everything you have shared.

Moving forward, my only remaining mode of ‘broadcast communication’ will be this humble email list, where I will share infrequent updates related to the completion and releases of new books and other works.

Thanks, blogosphere. It has been a blast. I might be back someday, but I cannot venture to guess when. There are still many bloggers I continue to read and follow religiously, but my days of participating in the ‘online content’ brouhaha are hereby suspended, in favour of a different mode of inquiry, writing, and correspondence.

Speaking of correspondence… as I sign off from blogging, I am curious: what are the most substantive and transformative decisions you have made — or might be considering — to simplify your life? Is there a moment in your story when you found that less is truly more? As I continue this ‘deep dive’ inquiry into simplicity, I am eager to hear and learn from your experience.

Thanks again for reading. I hope to hear from you soon,

James

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