Okay, I spotted this in a Huffington Post tweet and it struck a cord. Influential political blogger of the Dish, Andrew Sullivan retires after 15 years and I quote:
‘There comes a time when you have to move onto new things, shake your world up, or recognise before you crash, that burn-out does happen. I am saturated in digital life and want to return to the actual world again. I’m a human being before I am a writer, and a writer before I am a blogger.
I want to read again slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged. I want to write long essays that can answer more deeply and subtly the may questions that the Dish years have presented to me.’
I wonder if constant connection with the online world does strain our friendships and family lives. Are daily blogs and life competing or are they complimentary pursuits? Whatever your views I think we could all benefit from a digital detox to restore personal health as well as finding a balance between actual and virtual reality.
We say farewell to one of the last great blogs and welcome an unlikely figure to the social network in the guise of the great antique dealer and Jamb founder Will Fisher. He may be learning the ropes of virtual reality but his feet will always remain rooted in the actual world.
Will is the first to admit that he belongs to a bygone age and didn’t get into this business to sit in front of a computer. He is hands-on and wary about how the internet is changing the way of dealing into a casino that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But knowing Will, he will always find ingenious new ways to sell intriguing old things.
The weekly blog gives voice to his travels, musings and the anecdotes that he is so well known and loved for.
We welcome Will Fisher to the blogosphere.