Gone. This is the label I use in my Google Reader to mark blogs I follow which haven't had new posts in several months. The list seems to be growing by the day. I miss some of those bloggers as if they were real life friends who have
moved away. I wonder how they're doing and hope life is treating them
well. Every so often someone surprises me and comes back from being gone, like The Ohio Nature Blog and The Skeptical Moth. Dang kids and new jobs seem to get in the way of regular blogging.
I can't say I have those excuses. I have been a bit lackluster in my blogging routine this year. The dry dreary weather and now windy rain have discouraged me from going out as much as I would like. In large part to being otherwise preoccupied, I have also missed posting whole sections from my photo archives, like a camping trip to Morro Bay and a couple outings to Fort Ord. I have already ID'd many things that are easy to photograph and narrow down to species; now all I have left are annoyingly perplexing unknowns and exceptionally crappy photos. However, I'm not giving up, yet. My hiking should inform my blogging, rather than the other way around as it has been in the past year or so. I think this transformation of intent has really shown in a lack of curiosity in my blog posts. I want to get back to truly enjoying hiking for all the things that drew
me to this activity in the first place - being outside, clearing my
head, getting a little bit of exercise, and simply enjoying nature. I'm not closing the door on Nature ID, even though my posts may become fewer and fewer for a while. I'll see you when I have something fantastic to share. Blog on!