Thursday, August 09, 2012

Closing down

After eight and a half years I rather suspect that I am closing down this blog.  I haven't found the time to update it in nearly a month.  It was always time-consuming, but recently it has become exceedingly difficult to find the time to keep it going as I would like. 

I won't delete it - the archive will still be there. I will also continue to moderate comments. 

Instead, I will start posting news items to my Twitter account, which will take much less time and can be done on a rather more ad hoc basis.  @egyptologynews, for anyone interested. 

If you still wish for a blog-based news service there are lots of them out there.  When I started Egyptology News it was the only such service, but lots of other people are now doing a similar job.  Just do a Google search and see which one you like the best.  EEF produce a weekly round-up, too.

My eternal thanks and a huge hug to Kat Newkirk, who has been copying me on news emails for years and years.  Kat, please keep me on your distribution list - I will be using it for Twitter instead.

My sincere thanks to all of you who have followed the blog over the years too - it has been fun. 

Best
Andie

35 comments:

M said...

Thanks Andy for all the hard work you put into the blog. It was always a pleasure to read and I will try to reactivate my twitter account to follow you there.

M said...

Thanks Andy for all the hard work you put into the blog. It was always a pleasure to read and I will try to reactivate my twitter account to follow you there.

M said...

Thanks Andy for all the hard work you put into the blog. It was always a pleasure to read and I will try to reactivate my twitter account to follow you there.

Julia Thorne said...

End of an era! :-(

kat newkirk said...

Of course I'll continue to send you items as I find them. I can't do twitter though, I don't have a cell phone. :(

Luck and Love,

kat

Stuart Tyler said...

Thank you for your inspiration, leadership and for this wonderful blog. Here's to the future of Egyptological.

Owen said...

Thanks Andie for all the hard work you've done! Will keep following you on a twitter.

Best wishes,
Owen

Anonymous said...

I will miss this horribly. I know you can't do it very often anymore but I do hope you will reconsider.

Ann Williams said...

Having pulled the plug on my own blog because it was a huge time sink, I'm in total sympathy. But this is sad news, nonetheless. We'll miss hearing from you here—bring on the tweets!

scottmiller said...

Very sorry to see your blog go, Andie! It was the best!

scottmiller said...

Very sorry to see your blog go, Andie! It was the best!

Mark said...

Thank you so much for your outstanding efforts! I love the blog and you have helped educate me. Thanks so much! :)

Vincent said...

Andie, this is a bit of a shock but totally understandable as I've been feeling exactly the same about Talking Pyramids.

As you know, I've been doing daily updates on Twitter for the past 4 years and find posting news updates to Twitter is much easier and less time consuming than blogging about them.

There is a Twitter plug in that bundles all your tweets and automatically posts them as a blog post, say, once a week, or even daily if you like. You might consider this option for those who subscribe to your blog so that there is basically no change as far as they are concerned.

You've made the right decision. Now enjoy the freedom!

GMutter said...

Andie, This has been a tremendous "go to" resource for Egyptophiles everywhere. Your comments are so succinct, it was like getting a personal commentator on all the major events. And to think you did it at such personal sacrifice for us! Much appreciated, and very best of wishes.
George

John Patterson said...

Thanks for all the hard work you put into the blog over the years! It's definitely going to be missed.

akhetaten said...

Thanks for the great posts on your blog. Can perfectly understand why you won't continue posting. CU on twitter ;)
@Akhetaten

amateurarchaeologist said...

Sorry to hear you're closing down this blog. I've been following it for a few years and thought you did a fantastic job. As a blogger, I understand all too well how hard it can be to make time to write and update a blog, especially if you have other committments.

I'm already following you on Twitter so we'll keep in touch. :-)

Anonymous said...

Depuis le début, je suivais ce blog avec plaisir et intérêt...
Et vous faisiez, Andie, partie de ma vie égyptologique.
On sentait bien, depuis quelques temps, que ce n'était plus aussi enthousiaste, et je redoutais ce message.
Quoique vous disiez, vous manquerez terriblement dans le paysage des actualités égyptologiques, et vous me manquerez, aussi !
Désolé d'écrire ça en français, mais exprimer ces choses serait trop difficile pour moi en anglais.

Au revoir, Andie !
Le meilleur pour vous !

Unknown said...

Dear Andie, it is with great sadness that I read your decision to close the blog. I can imagine that pushing the button loading the piece of news must have been exceedingly difficult. As a daily reader, I want to thank you for all the good job done during all that time.
See you on Egyptological.
Thierry BENDERITTER
www.osirisnet.net

AliceG said...

Oh my! So sad. But I understand. Don't LIKE it, but understand. Now I have to learn to tweet! Almost too much for this old woman. You are a dear. I will miss you. Very much. I have learned so much from reading your blog.

glyn morris said...

Very sorry to hear that. I've grown so used to checking the blog daily.
Thanks Andie for all your hard work, will follow you on Twitter, and of course Egyptological.
Glyn

Alec said...

Sad to see the blog go, but I wish you the best on your next venture!

Joan said...

Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this blog. I understand your reasons. Thanks for keeping the archive up. Good luck with all your future endeavors.

Ben Morales-Correa said...

You did an excellent job all these years and I was honored by your friendship thanks to your blog. n k3 n Egyptology News, True of Word.

Paul justelius-wright said...

Andy, thank you for all your efforts over the year.
I'll miss your updates.All power to you in your future efforts.

Mercury said...

I will miss you and the information. :)

Jane Akshar said...

You have done a fantastic job for a long time, many thanks. We will miss you though.

Anonymous said...

A real shame, the best blog of its kind.
Thanks and best of luck for the future.

Anonymous said...

God bless you, Andie.

Anonymous said...

I am truely sorry to hear that this blog has become a bit too much for you - I have truely been informed and educated by it and appreciate the hard work it was to maintain it. Good Luck in all your pursuits!

Anonymous said...

So very sorry to see you go - I can't tell how much I've learned, and unconciously came to rely on this blog as a place to get the real info without all the spin. Will miss you!

Anonymous said...

Andie, many thanks for your wonderful blog, you will be missed!
Good luck & all the best,
Mia R.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry too, Andie, though from your words you do not sound 100% positive about this. You have done a superb job over the years and with Kate have created a fine thing in Egyptological. If you carry this threat through i will be forced to be a follower which i have resisted so far, Daveh

Greg Reeder said...

I don't do twitter either so I will miss your excellent blog. Thanks for doing it all these years.

Brian said...

You have done a fantastic job for a long time, and to such a high standard. I will miss this blog a lot. Good luck with your next venture.