Marja-Leena Rathje
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a blog adieu

"This blog is thinking about hibernation. I'm an Adorable Little Rodent (TLB blog ranking) with hundreds of hits a day. But I'm getting bored with my humble self and I want to spend time on other things." Sadly for us faithful readers, Amy Kane is retiring her blog ever so humble tomorrow. I'm late posting this for those readers who have not had a chance to visit her. As you can see by the tremendous response to her last two posts, she will be missed. I'm sad whenever a favourite blogger, familiar like an old friend, quits, as a few have this year. Here's wishing you well, Amy, in whatever you pursue, with high hopes that we meet again in blogland!

I had to capture these great words from Amy's sidebar under "recently read" about Biz Stone's Who Let the Blogs Out?: A Hyperconnected Peek at the World of Weblogs:

"It really doesn't matter if your blog is focused on a hobby, your work, politics, or just what you do during the course of the day. Blogging is information sharing, and the more you research and share, the more you gain expertise in your area of interest, even if that area is only "things that interest me." Every post you publish is added to your life's work, and that work is a window on your mind. Even if all you do is collect and publish bookmarks, the very links you choose to publish tip your hand. Blogging is an everyday practice of searching, thinking, and writing. There are many benefits to this exercise."

Marja-Leena | 12/11/2005 | 6 comments
themes: Blogging, Books


At first I missed the quotation marks, and I thought you were telling us that you were retiring *your* blog and I was about to shout NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I used to think I had to post to my blog everyday or give it up. I guess I have more realistic goals now and I only write when I feel like it.

Perhaps Amy will find she misses it after awhile and decide to resume it on a scaled back level. Anyway, I had never read her blog before so mostly I feel relieved that you are not abandoning us.

Beautiful post! I agree with you: "Blogging is an everyday practice of searching, thinking, and writing. There are many benefits to this exercise."
I will miss Amy Kane so much!

Oh, sorry to give you a fright, Elise! Glad you enjoy having me in blogland still - it's an interesting world of virtual friends isn't it!?

Sonia - welcome! I've seen your name elsewhere, had a look at your blog - what lovely photos! And you are in Brazil! I have bookmarked your blog for closer reading and visiting. Yes, I will miss Amy who was one of the first bloggers I read, and that was her earlier blog at the time. There's hope she will be back, for I believe blogging is addictive.

I'm missing Amy too.

Blogging does take up time that could be used for other creative things, but I probably would not write regularly without its discipline. And the responses received are so instantly rewarding that it becomes addictive.

But now I have more time to *read* blogs. Also, in the past couple of days I've written in a private journal I've started, made a site for some published clips for when I query about freelance jobs (, and pulled out a few things from old "ever so humble" to polish up and maybe send somewhere. I've also read to my kids every night.

I suspect I will be back again some day-- you're all just too irresistible. But I think I'll reincarnate in a different blog body, since I can. Change is good. R.I.P. "ever so humble," but I'm still around!

Hi Amy, glad to hear you are happy and still busy with your writing. Good luck with the freelancing. Had a look at your website and recognized a lot of the images and articles from your blog. I'm amazed at what a resource one's blog can become - I often go look something up, even about my own work, like the notes I needed for my show. Keep in touch and take care, Amy!