Calvin and Hobbes was designed to be a comic strip and that's all I want it to be. It's the one place where everything works the way I intend it to.—Bill Watterson. The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book

To cut the to chase: I'm not planning on updating this blog for a bit. If you want to read what I'm writing now, I recommend visiting:

  1. The Civitas Community where I write about community building.
  2. Meta Jon where I write about topics that I'm interested in with no particular goal in mind.

This blog started as a place for me to write about my work at Stack Exchange without needing to worry about getting approval. I've written 222 posts1 about everything from supporting small communities to my favorite board games. I'm incredibly proud of my output and I'd love to keep working on it. So why am I taking a break?

I guess the big issue is that I can't justify writing my blog now that I have a business to run. Writing about community on my business' community platform might conceivably help me pay my bills, but this blog is just a step too far from that imperative. It's a luxury I can't currently afford.

One of the things I love about this blog is that it serves static pages. As a result, it's quite responsive:

Typical mobile performance of my Jekyll-powered site

If people want to respond to what I write, they need to log into my personal Discourse instance. Because the site needs to be built from data in the database, the performance isn't as snappy:

Typical mobile performance of my Discourse-powered site

The upside, of course, is that people can respond without moving to a new site. And I can use all the features of Discourse to do interesting things such as create architecture diagrams. In the past I would have worked on adding those features to my blog as a hobby. Now I'm learning how to help clients by exploring Discourse.

This post was inspired by Dear Mr. Watterson, a documentary about Calvin & Hobbes. I highly recommend it!

  1. Not counting this one or my drafts!