I seem to have run aground, or run out of gas, or run out of ideas ... something. I open my mouth to blog and nothing comes out.
Blogging well depends on being able to slice a cross-section down through your own consciousness at an artful slant that encompasses a bit of the outside world, an intermediate zone of opinion and observation where you meet and mix with the world, and a glimpse of your own inner life. The proportion of each of these three depends on your choice of the angle at which you cut your daily slice of self/world, but some of each is usually present, and it's getting to see all three layers, and the root systems that interconnect them, that makes blogging engaging.
I've lost my angle, is how it feels. The public and private are not connecting for me. Nothing out there is grabbing me (certainly not politics), and nothing in here has the energy to reach out and grab anything. You really don't want to hear about my sore knees, my dysfunctional relationship to money, the malaise occasioned by my New York landlord's efforts to take away my two rent-regulated studios (if he succeeds, I'll never live in the city again; is it time to let go?), or how writing other people's thoughts drains me like Dracula, leaving me empty and aimless. It's all a bunch of myopic whining. Some other blogger might make it all amusing. Not me, not now. I'm actually falling asleep between sentences here, boring myself unconscious.
So why not take a break? Why keep on blogging? There's only one reason: it's a way to keep in touch with my friends. You. It's basically down to postcards. Wish you were here.
Maybe I'll shut up and just post pictures. (I'm almost there now.) Maybe I'll try to post links and quotes just provocative enough to trigger great discussions, like those that are ongoing here. I'm not going away, but be warned, I'm not going to be good for much.
UPDATE: Wow. I have a lot of company. Going down my blogroll looking for inspiration, three of the first blogs I happen to alight on -- BeBeRe, Bull Moose, and Camassia -- are all on indefinite hiatus.