Monday, 9 April 2012

All good things must come to an end...

...and in my case this includes blogging.

I've given up an unreasonable amount of time, particularly in the last year, to blogging and generally political interaction. I cannot sustain it and have more pressing priorities. With regret, I will be finding alternative outlets for political expression - in all probabilty outside the Liberal Democrats.

I have enjoyed the stimulating discussions and conversations this blog has afforded me with fellow liberals, people from the LGBT community and others from across the political spectrum. I have appreciated your encouragement, your praise, your correcting me when I have plainly been wrong, your criticisms and your thoughtful comments on my work.

Thanks to all of you. Fortunately Scotland has a very healthy political blogosphere in which I will continue to have an ongoing interest!


Fourfolksache said...

Good Luck Andrew. Your blog will be missed - you managed to deliver a truly non partisan perspective. It is a great pity that the the Liberal leadership is not more like you.

Don McC said...

This is a shame Andrew. I only recently found your blog and I found it a compelling read. I can appreciate, though, the problem of competing priorities and I wish you luck in your future ventures.

Chris B said...

Hi Andrew,

Enjoyed your blog, thanks for taking the time to write!

Good luck with your future endeavours.

Andrew said...

Thanks to all of you.

I may at some point in the future return to the blog, perhaps around the time of conference. I make no promises of such, but it's a possibility.

There are a myriad of factors behind my decision and while maintaining the blog has been a key part of my life for the previous two years it is only a small part of who I am, as indeed are my political interests.

I appreciate the compliments and good wishes of commenters on here and twitter. It's encouraging to think that people enjoy my writing and observations. However, I've been struggling to combine the blog with other priorities and feel reluctantly that the time has come to move on.

Thanks again to all of you - you can always find me on twitter!

An Duine Gruamach said...

I'm not really a Liberal, but I think the Scottish blogosphere (especially the Liberal elements thereof) will be the poorer if this blog really does go the great Google cache in the sky.

Thanks for a number of engaging and thought-provoking posts!

Jeff said...

Very sad to read about this Andrew. I've read your excellent blog for a while, though don't think I've ever actually commented (so I guess that makes me a lurker, ugh).

Good luck with non-blogging pursuits.

Andrew said...

No Jeff - doesn't make you a lurker - just a reader!

Anonymous said...

i've thoroughly enjoyed reading you blog, andrew. as mentioned, non-partisan and honest accounts of on-going issues.

(and to think im a nationalist and st mirren fan!)

tris said...

Without a doubt one of the very best Scottish blogs. Since I found it I've never missed reading a post.

I'm really sorry that that will be a pleasure denied me in the future, but I know exactly what you mean about the amount of time blogging takes.

I wish you the very best of luck in the future in whatever you are doing. I cannot believe that it will not be in politics, for your mind is most surely a political one.

I hope if you decide to write again, you will let me know so that I can follow you.

Bonne continuation.


Rod said...

I am sorry to hear this news, Andrew.
I have been following your blogg for quite some time now, and I have always appreciated your articles.
As someone who keeps a blog myself, I understand fully why you feel that you have come to this point, but I hope you will return again in the future and give us all the benefit of your thoughts and analysis of events.
In the neantime, All best wishes.

Rod aka Auld Acquaintance

Caron said...

Andrew, the thing about a blog is that you can give as much or as little time as you want to it.

It can take over your life, though and sometimes taking a little break can help get things back in perspective and priority.

Hope to see you around the blogosphere commenting and discussing - and you aren't giving up Twitter, are you?

GrassyKnollington said...

Thanks Andrew, enjoyed reading your blog. Good luck and don't stay away too long.