I'm not going to offer long explanations because there really are no long, complicated reasons. In brief: I have a different kind of writing to do, a real opportunity to do it, and it's the kind of writing that requires lots of thought and focus. I thought I could do both - because I have, in a way, in the past, but for whatever reason, I can't fit it all in my brain anymore. In order to do these other things, I need to have the spectre of "gotta blog something" and "wow, this is so bloggable" lifted from my consciousness. It just has to go!First of all, best wishes to Amy wherever her next venture leads her; we'll all hope that we see her again soon. Her writing is always eminently worth reading and pondering, rich and deep, poetic, full.
Second, though, I've noticed that Amy occasionally mentions her introversion; I'm not the hundred-percent extrovert type, but usually wind up on the extrovert side of the middle, so to speak. I suppose that's the reason why I never feel as though blogging is a distraction, or that having too much to blog about is anywhere near as much of a problem as not having anything newsworthy or interesting swirling around.
But lots of those who do blog on a regular, professional scale talk about the burnout, so in all likelihood I haven't experienced enough of that kind of full-effort daily blogging to be able to comment about its draining effects.
How about you? If you blog, professionally or otherwise, have you ever reached a breaking point and wanted to quit? Have you ever, in fact, quit, only to come back later because you missed it? Do you feel energized by your time on the Internet writing blog posts, or is it draining and distracting to you?