After a long period of silence, I am emerging from my self imposed exile.Â I have been silent for a variety of reasons.Â Chief among them was that I was spending more time in the virtual world, than I was fulfilling my obligations to my family and to myself to work towards being a better person.Â Blogging, and technology had begun to be an escape from the real world.Â I therefore declared a self imposed moratorium on blogging, workshop instruction, flickr photos etc.
I believe that this respite was necessary for my mental health, as well as the welfare of my family and loved ones.Â I have been able to re-prioritize different aspects of my life, and I have come to realize that blogging can be a part of my life, as long as I don’t allow it to dominate me.
I was pulled out of my exile last week, when at the las minute, I was asked to teach a podcasting class at the Michigan Library Consortium.Â I really did not want to go.Â I felt that I had been out of the technology loop for so long, that I would have trouble relating to a class full of would be podcasters.Â As usual, I was also afraid that “they might not like me…”Â Anyway, I did go up to Lansing last week to teach the class, and it was a very positive experience for me.Â I want to thank the class for being so enthusiastic and so patient about the internet connection issues we were having.
Anyway, I wanted to let you all know that I am doing better than I have in years.Â I want to thank my wife and kids for their patience with me.
I will be coming back, and blogging occasionally.Â You may not have any interest in some of my new interests… SQL, database structure, open source software.Â But, I will also be blogging about my family, life in Northern Indiana, Library programming.
Stick around and enjoy the show if you like.Â It will be interesting to see where I go from here….