I started this blog on August 10, 2006 — just about five years ago — to showcase the writing I was then doing about business and the environment for FORTUNE. Since then, I have written 856 posts, the vast majority of them in the last two and a half-years since leaving my full-time job at the magazine.
Much of the time, it’s been a true joy. After decades of writing for editors, with space limitations and in the formalized style of the newspapers and magazines where I worked from the mid-1970s until 2008, it’s been liberating to write in my own voice, on subjects that interest me and at whatever length feels right.
But it’s also been wearying.
There’s inevitably a tradeoff in journalism between quantity and quality, and lately I’ve been writing a lot. I worry that the quality has slipped.
So I’m going to stop blogging for the rest of August.
I’ll take a vacation, catch up on reading and, perhaps, devote some time to a longer writing project or two. (I may make an exception to be part of the Tar Sands Action in DC later this month.) I’m also going to take some time to reconsider my goals for this blog. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome, either below or by email to marc.gunther at gmail.com, although I’ll mostly be offline for the next week or so.