Monday, December 28, 2015

Reconsideration?

I usually do not make decisions lightly; and I did reflect for a long time on whether to discontinue "Taking Note" before I posted my last post. I have an even harder time reversing decisions after I have made them. But, given the significant and thoroughly positive response I received during the last two days in the comment section of this blog, in some forums, and by private communication, I will give the matter some more thought. These reactions certainly outweigh the rude insults made by one pseudonymous individual. I will let you know whether I will continue within the next two weeks.

If I continue, I will either disable comments altogether, or, more likely, turn on verification.

Thank you very much for all the support.

22 comments:

Darek Bobak said...

Dear Manfred, If you would decide to continue blogging, that would be a really good news. I hope you will,

Darek

Sonic Fields said...

I hope your 'zettelkasten' is able to guide you into making the right decision!

Best of luck whatever you decide - I have enjoyed reading your blog posts.

Lawrence

Jeffery Smith said...

I do hope that the positive support from your readers will encourage you to keep the blog going. Trolls can be very persistent because they don't seem to have much positive to do with their time.

Todd Lucas said...

Woohoo! The democratic nature of the net moving in a positive direction this time. I think we all love being able to push back against pseudonymous jackanapes.

Anyway, not to be presumptuous here regarding your personal liberties, I just wanted to thank you again for the ride up till now. Fingers crossed for the future.

Todd

Lars said...

It would be absolutely fabulous if you re-considered your decision. I just stumbled upon your great blog, and it would be super to read more and new posts.

Lars

Brennen said...

One way or another, thanks for your writing over the years. Always enjoyed seeing a new post crop up in my feedreader.

There may be folks who suggest that disabling comments is in some way a loss or a reduction of the avenues for democratic participation on the web; I'm of the view that it's more often than not a fine way to reduce your exposure to cognitive pollution.

Daniel Burrow said...

Your shared insights, knowledge, and wisdom are so very helpful to one who is often nearly drowning in what "Byte" magazine once termed "InfoGlut".

Do know you are treasured.

God bless and keep you as you discern what is best for those who need your help and for you and your family.

Oh, I echo fully what Brennen posted in his December 28, 2015 at 1:35 PM post. Thank you, Brennen.

Daniel

Joshua said...

Pleased to hear you're reconsidering. I would very much miss your blog.

Jim Marshall said...

I, for one, would miss your posts should you discontinue your blog. I have learned a lot reading your posts and following your links. But I imagine keeping up such an effort can be a chore at times, and we all need to switch gears now and then. So best of luck with future endeavors, whatever they may be.

brownstudy said...

I would welcome the return of your blog! I agree with John Gruber of the Daring Fireball blog - you own all of the pixels from the upper left to the lower right of the screen. If other people want to comment on your post, they can do so from their own blogs or Twitter accounts. Not offering the comment functionality does not silence discourse.

Jeffery Smith said...

I have "Taking note" bookmarked on my Mac as a favorite (at the top of the screen. Hope it stays active here.

P. Walters said...

I hope you return to publication again. You've taught many, varied people to be thoughtful about note taking -- while taking some charming side excursions into eclectic topics. Comments are not necessary -- except for this posting, of course ;-)

James LaRue said...

I just heard about your blog from Outlinersoftware.com. And I have to say that I like what I see here, very much. I've had my own run-ins with trolls, and urge you to continue your very thoughtful and insightful posts. Meanwhile, verifying identity is one reasonable alternative.

Jay Moynihan said...

Yws! thanks for hanging in there!

GJH said...

I'd also urge you to continue with this blog. I've dropped in regularly and found your reflections stimulating and incredibly informative. It would be a great shame to lose a valued place on the net.

(Ignore trolls as best you can. Hideous creatures!)

EC1 said...

Whatever you ultimately decide,thanks so much for all the work you've put in so far. I always learn a lot, and will miss your insights if you do stop.

Wishing you all the best for 2016.

Winston said...

I've learned a lot from your blog, so I hope you keep posting.

Jeffery Smith said...

Fortunately, I'm between semesters so I have been able to catch up a bit on the blog here. Some of the comments are also useful, so it might be better (if the site continues into 2016) to delete the troll(s). Soon they will find other sites to troll and will leave this one alone.

gregor said...

Well, I, for one, would be pleased if you continue. I've gotten a lot out of your writings over the years. Thank you.

Brian Minard said...

I've enjoyed your blog for years. Glad you're going to keep at it.

Willy Tanner said...

Please keep going, I find the signal to noise ratio as well as your curiosity regarding the different note taking strategies and tools (both hardware and software) refreshingly different.

Paul Drury said...

I really enjoy your Blog. I hope that you will carry on with it.