I'm honored, really. Stefan, over at IntoMobile, deigns to give us insight into what criteria he uses to reduce his RSS bloat in an attempt to become a better blogger, reader, etc. Apparently he has concluded that he should unsubscribe:
"This is a classic case of 'blog that covers a certain niche turns into a blog being more about the author’s life that what it was originally about.' EuroTelco used to ask hard hitting questions about the telecoms industry, now it’s turned into a personal diary."
I think those of us with a respect for English grammar would say "than what it was originally about," but apart from this petty criticism, I'm genuinely sorry that Stefan feels let down. Of course I'm very concerned about the opinion of any blogger who would take the time to selflessly write a series of articles about how they're trimming their RSS feeds, and why. I also enjoy licking sandpaper, eavesdropping on the conversations of self-obsessed gadget bores, and counting in-bound links from IntoMobile (I'm currently up to three).
Not that I owe an explanation, but I'm in the process of starting up an investment company, which is understandably taking the majority of my time. In our potential investment pipeline are a number of situations which would form the basis for many interesting posts on critical issues facing the industry, but in my position, it is inappropriate to telegraph these sorts of things in public, and in some cases the situations are not even public, so saying anything would violate NDAs.
This blog is not, and never has been, a source of income for me (contrast this page with the ad-encrusted IntoMobile), so given the choice of how to allocate my time and energy, I am naturally focusing more on activities which are for the time-being. I've been pretty lucky over the past five years to have a large number of readers who were not only interested in the "hard-hitting questions," but also the person asking them. To think that the two could, or should, be separate in a personal blog is absurd, so I'm happy to see anyone who doesn't grasp that unsubscribe.