I wish a Happy New Year to all readers! These are grim times, but I dearly hope we are all wrong in our expectations. I am grateful to you for reading, and to so many of you for your correspondence, and your kindness over the years.
Like most folks, I make my various private resolutions, but here I want to share some public ones that affect you, dear readers.
First, I will be taking a blog hiatus in summer 2017: June through August. This doesn't mean I won't blog at all, I probably will occasionally post something when it strikes my fancy (and I will post the list of new books that I receive each summer month, per usual). But I won't be trying to offer weekly fare, and I won't be selling advertising. The reasons are simple. I started the blog in August 2003, before blogging was a "thing", and it remains the most widely read philosophy-related blog in the world (nearly five million page views last year!). But certain developments have led me to rethink what I am doing with my time (even though the blog occupies a fairly small amount of it). I want to take a break next summer to assess things. I will, of course, continue active blogging through May, and I expect to resume next September, though maybe on a reduced schedule, but we'll see. But after almost 14 years, it's time for an extended vacation.
Second, I will be running some reader polls about blog content. Obviously, in the wake of the electoral catastrophe, I spent more time on politics than usual. I could continue to do so, or not. But in general, I would like to gauge what topics readers are especially interested in.
Thanks again for reading.