It's the End of The Blog as We Know It
I have come to a point in my life where I need to refocus my priorities on other matters. One of those other matters, among other things, is BL"N starting, with Hashem's help, a daf yomi regimen with the new cycle of daf yomi, something that I have never done before. Unfortunately, this will mean that I need to stop frequently updating this blog.
For the uninitiated, blogging is a very time-consuming job. I've been using Google Reader to keep up with the latest news and posts, but even via RSS, it's difficult to keep up with the times and then do other things. I have come to the realization that it is time for the blog as we know it to end.
This blog started 7½ years ago and I never dreamed that it would last this long. I have the best readers in the world and have found that there are wonderful people all over the world who share our Torah values. There have been too many posts that I can count where the readers' comments added to, corrected, or otherwise enhanced the post. Thank you all for your comments.
In addition, I have gotten to virtually know other bloggers and admire the dedication they put into their blogs - whether I agree with them or not. And there are many good ones out there. Go check them out on the sidebar. And I thank them for all the times they have linked to me and my posts.
I'm leaving the blog while the blog is at the top of its readership. The statistics for July have shattered the blog's record for most page-views in a month. Lately in general, the readership has drastically increased.
The blog will continue to be here, and if I feel the absolute need, I might add a new post once in a while. However, it will not be updated nearly as frequently as before. Also, my email will still be active, so anyone who feels that there's something I should see can continue to email me.
Almost since its inception, my blog had the non-exclusive theme of the imminent Redemption and the coming of the Mashiah. Many world events, rabbis' statements, and Torah-based hints continue to point in that direction. Then again, it is up to Hashem and only He knows whether we are worthy of this or not. We need to continue to learn Torah, do Hessed, and repent from straying off the path to show Hashem how worthy we are.
Some people might ask why I'm stopping the blog when things are starting to get interesting. Besides what I already wrote, the answer is תיקו. But I will say this:
Just as my blogging about the Geula should be a merit for Mashiah to come quicker, so too should my lack of blogging about the Geula be the required היסח הדעת for Mashiah to come quicker.
May we all meet very soon in Yerushalayim, greeting Mashiah, near the rebuilt Beit Hamikdash - Bimheira Veyameinu, Amen.