Saturday, December 26, 2015

The End

This will be the last post on this blog of mine. I enjoyed posting for the longest time, and I know that some of the more than 780,000 visitors over the last eight years have also enjoyed some of my posts. But the posting has become more burdensome of late. I never expected to be thanked for my efforts, as I mainly did them for my own benefit to figure out what I thought about some of the things important to me. But I did not expect to be accused and insulted by someone hiding behind a pseudonym either. It takes away from the pleasure of writing in this form. I don't need this.

But, as I said before, thanks to everyone who has been following this blog.

25 comments:

Seacow said...

It's always the vocal minority that ruins it for the silent majority.

As my first and likely last comment on the blog, thank you for all your hard effort.

You, in conjunction with other PIM bloggers, have moved me away from the atrocity of OneNote for my tertiary needs.

Franz Grieser said...

Oh, no. Not a second time. I felt sorry when you decided to stop posting on the Outliner software forum. Now you call it quits on your own blog. Because of this Angry Poster. That would be too much honor for this guy.

I am sorry about your decision. I'd be glad if you'd change your mind. I'd be missing an insightful source.

Best wishes, Franz Grieser

Marcus Pirron said...

That's a sad day - apart from Sean's Contrapuntalism, yours was the only Blog I regularly read, since around five or six years ago. Please don't let your enthusiasm be ruined by people who do not know how to behave and who don't think about the consequences of their actions.
If you ever decide to blog again, I would be very delighted. I wish you all the best and a happy new year nonetheless.

Stephen Zeoli said...

I am sorry to hear this news, especially as the catalyst is just another online numbskull with no better ambition than tearing other people down. A sincere thank you for all the wonderful posts over the years. I will miss the note-taking insights that were to come and now will not.

seetheworld said...

your blog is among few blogs I regularly visit. I am feeling that I will lose something that I would enjoy in 2016.

Michael Leddy said...

I'm sorry to see your blog go. I learned a lot from your posts and have become more thoughtful about my own notemaking habits. Best wishes for all your work.

jcb37310 said...

I am sad to hear that you will no longer be blogging. I've enjoyed your blog for several years now. Thanks for all your work and insights. I hope you change your mind.

Tail Wagging the Dog said...

I too am saddened at this loss to the community. Your blog has been insightful and stimulating in many ways over the years I've been following (six or seven maybe?) and you raised Notetaking to a high academic level. I hope you continue in some format in the future.

Kind regards,
Paul

Todd Lucas said...

Well this is sad news.

We'd only ever had a couple of one off discussions about software, back in the day, but your's was a welcome voice showing up in my feed.

However, you have to do what's going to work for you, and the internet, as vast as it is, is quite shallow. Someone, unfortunately, is always dredging up trolls.

As someone who likes to travel across the web on hydrofoils so as to see and be seen by the trolls to the smallest possible extent, I totally understand what you're doing. I just want to thank you for spending some time adding to the place and not sinking down among the reeds with all the boring and pedantic bottom feeders.

Good luck with all the things in life that actually matter.

Todd

Édison Renato said...

The force is strong in you. Do no let them win - you have plenty of readers that benefit from your thoughts. Do no interpret silence as lack of interest from those that have walked the way on your side. Please do continue, I'd be glad to read your thoughts from my home in Brazil.

thg said...

Please, reconsider this very sad decision.
Ne laissez pas les imbéciles triompher.
Amitiés

brownstudy said...

Thank you for all the years of wonderful posts and for catching so many interesting applications and web sites in your wide net. Sane voices are few on the 'net and yours was appreciated. Best of luck in your new and ongoing projects.

Jeff Goatcher said...

This is such sad news - the dicks win again... but I perfectly understand the disappointed exhaustion of being abused by the impolite and self-loathing. As one of that vast community of admirers that were largely quite- absorbing your wisdom and growing as a consequence of reading your thoughts over the years - I give my students your reflections on note-taking every year. The ripples from your work will travel wider and deeper than the emanations from the idiots, I am sure. Thank you.

Jordan T-H said...

No! Please reconsider, your writing is a bastion of the kind of deep thought and analysis of something that has fascinated and enthralled me for years! One bad egg should not spoil the dozen!

raluke said...

I will also miss your posts and am hoping you will eventually reconsider your decision. Is it possible to block trolls on Blogger? Either way, I send you my best wishes for the future.

Parent looking at the World via the Mac said...

Can I add my voice of disappointment - and I've only recently discovered this blog and the wealth of information and thought-provoking commentary it contains. I do hope you change your kind, but whether you do or don't, thank you for all the work and insight you've offered here.

Tomasz Raburski said...

What a sad news for the end of the year. Your blog was one of the hidden jewels of the Internet. I will be missing you.

James B. Salla said...

I am very sorry to hear this. Your weblog has been one of my favorites for several years. I hope you will reconsider

Jay Moynihan said...

I am sorry to read that you are ending your posts. I have really your posts since finding you about a year ago. I hope you reconsider. The Web seems to bring out the worst in some people, allowing cowards to be just impolite, nasty, uncivil, etc.
Maybe take a month off, and see how you feel? Thank you for your writing.

Carlos Eduardo Morreo said...


I feel silly and like a spoilt child in saying this, but I do hope you reconsider! For several years now, earlier while in Caracas, and now in Canberra, for 4 or 5 years now, and often late at night, I have looked forward to reading your comments and your 'no comments' on pens, software, note-taking, ways of thinking, technology and philosophy. Let me thank you for all that I have read, and wish you well for what is to come, and say, once more, that like most of the thousands of silent readers, I'll be coming back to the blog every so often hoping to see another entry on these minor things that matter to many of us.

All the best,
Carlos Eduardo

Marcos D. Alves said...

I am sorry about your decision. Unfortunatelly there is so much intolerance in the world today that many good people is taking the same decision as you.
I wish I had known your blog before.

Stephen Zeoli said...

Have you considered just turning comments off (of course you have, but I'm desperate)? Most of us just read you posts without commenting anyway. I respect your decision to end the blog. It's hard keeping one going with regular posts regardless of dealing with the dolts.

Jeffery Smith said...

I just discovered this blog (through the Outliner Software site) through the notification that it will be discontinued. Terrible timing for me. Though I am a Mac person (using DevonThink, VooDooPad, Tinderbox, and Evernote), I frequently search the Internet for all things related to note taking.

I hope that the archives of everything here will still stay up for a while so I can peruse the site and its information. Trolls are like toxic mold...you can take regular steps to eliminate it, but pretty soon you just want to set fire to the house.

jancreutzenberg said...

Sad to hear -- I have enjoyed reading your thoughts regularly for the last 2-3 years and will miss it.
Best, Jan

Bart said...

One of the silent majority checking in.