I recently noticed that a reader who used to comment and contribute fairly regularly had pretty much stopped doing so, so I shot him a quick note to make sure he was OK. Here’s the response I got back:
Everything’s fine — I just decided take a little hiatus from commenting. I’ve been really busy and wouldn’t have had the time to spend in the comments like I used to anyway.
I was joking with another reader about this one day when you closed the site. We were e-mailing each other and saying how hopelessly addicted to the site we were. I literally kept a Post-it note at my desk with the number of the last comment I’d read and then brought it home after work, so I’d know where to pick up. I was even one of the renegades who’d go into the previous day’s comments and carry on conversations when you would shut off the current day’s comments.
Once I took a couple days off from posting, I felt good. I’ll jump back in the fray at some point, but when I do, I’ll be much more focused.
There’s a lesson here for everyone, namely that a day without Uni Watch doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Which is a good thing, because today I’m giving the site a day off — no new content, no comments (and don’t bother trying to comment on Tuesday’s or Monday’s entries, because I’ve sealed those off too). But even though I’m depriving you of your fix, it doesn’t mean you have to go through withdrawal symptoms like the fellow pictured above. Just channel that nervous energy into something productive, like making a Phil Knight voodoo doll, or hitting “Refresh” on the Philadelphia weather report page every 30 seconds. You’ll see, it’s not so bad, and your body will feel
like it’s been through the wringer nice and refreshed tomorrow. See you then.