January 29, 2009

End of the Blog

... It was put to me that to end a blog is to delete it, but in recognizing the role that it plays in a larger ecosystem of information, it shall NOT be deleted ...



Yesterdays post, “Culture threat to American Interests” will be my last post on American Interests. After ‘x’ amount of postings and some 21 months, I regretfully end the American Interests blog. There are several reasons for the resolve to end it. Time has become limited; I am feeling the time crunch, so to speak. Good blogging requires energy, commitment, discipline, organizational skills, accurate research and some writing skills but especially, time. There have been occasions when I felt that I had run out of original things to say, but this too, I am sure was because of time constraints that began as early as last May.

I have always maintained that in blogging, one must find their own voice, thus when one finds themselves frequently blockqouting because time restraints prevent the articulation of one’s own, then it may be time to stop.

Lately I have also felt somewhat selfish, as I am not giving enough in return, that is, contributing to other blogs for lack of, you guessed it, time. For this, I am sorry.

It was put to me that to end a blog is to delete it, but in recognizing the role that it plays in a larger ecosystem of information, it shall NOT be deleted. Besides, I may yet add a post here and there if compelled to do so …

It has been an honor and privilege to get my ideas and message out into the wild, for that is what blogosphere sometimes resembles.

So without too much fuss and emotive flourish, I humbly thank all who have routinely visited, commented and thus contributed to the cause that is, America’s Interests.

Finally, to those that arrive here through some Google or related search or by sheer accident, I urge you to pause, examine, consider, and reflect upon the words under the heading, “About this blog” and hopefully, explore the many posts using the labels for navigation.

Good-bye and God bless …

66 comments:

The Historian said...

Otto-

Thanks for all your hard work and insights. Fact is, I will check back on occasion just to see if something has drawn your fancy to put words to a post.

In the meantime, may you and yours enjoy "Fair winds and following seas". Take care.

Debbie said...

Sorry to hear it, but I completely understand your reasons. So many times I have been one click away from ending blogging at Right Truth. There are so many other things I could, and probably should, be doing rather than sitting at the computer. Maybe soon I will have your courage to hit that "enter" key and be done with it.

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

Karen said...

You'll be missed, Otto. Good luck to you.

Donald Douglas said...

I hope you'll reconsider soon, but in the meantime, be well and good luck with all of your endeavors.

Richard Phillip Nere said...

This is indeed a great blog. Moreover, I visit the blog on the quotidian, that is, in hopes of learning something. Therefore, it is indeed regrettable to hear you ended the blog, thereby, ending a great resource.

Tapline said...

Otto, I read this post and was in total shock....I really have enjoyed your post on all subjects. they were very well written and in a spirit of hope for our great Nation. I hope you may reconsider your current course of action and pick up where you left off. Stay well my friend....

AI said...

The Historian: Thank you! Like that "Fair winds" expression ... Thank you for your support.

Debbie: Only you will know when and of the time is right to stop. The Right Truth is a valuable resource. Thank you for your support.

Karen: Thanks for the well wishes and the support.

AI said...

Donald Douglas: I truly appreciate your support along the journey, stay well and keep up the great work at AP.

Richard Phillip Nere: It pleases me that you found the site resourceful. All the best with, http://usprimacy.blogspot.com/.

Tapline: You have been a loyal commenter Tap, God bless.

AI said...

To all: My intention is to routinely visit your respective sites.

Jason said...

Otto, hate to see AI come to an end but I can certainly understand your reasons.

Sometimes it takes a while to recharge your batteries and redirect your thoughts.

I'll keep you blogrolled of course.

-Jason

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Otto, the honor has truly been ours. You will be missed my friend. I hope to see you return to once again be able to participate in the fight against liberal insanity!

Thank you for all that you have done and good luck and blessing on all of your endeavors!

Jennifer said...

Wow, Otto! I was shocked to read this but like some have said above, I completely understand.

I've always treasured your blog because you somehow managed to provide facts and opinion in such a way that it always left you more informed and aware of everything around you in a different way. I will miss you, and I wish you all the best!!

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Otto:

Any time, and I mean ANY time that you wish to offer up the occasional post under YOUR name when the mood strikes and/or you have a particular issue you wish to address, I would invite you to be a co-author at my blog, should you desire. If this is of interest, please e-mail me. Your voice needs to be heard when you wish to speak. It would be an honor to host you.

BZ

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Otto:

Any time, and I mean ANY time that you wish to offer up the occasional post under YOUR name when the mood strikes and/or you have a particular issue you wish to address, I would invite you to be a co-author at my blog, should you desire. If this is of interest, please e-mail me. Your voice needs to be heard when you wish to speak. It would be an honor to host you.

BZ

Jungle Mom said...

This saddens me but I do understand the time constraints. I do hope you will occasionally visit us?

Jay@Soob said...

I suspect and hold out hope that you'll be back.

There are some 50 million bogs out there. The vast majority are purely marketing efforts or "what I did today" noise.
Beyond remain two realms:
1)The self obsessed, narrow minded ideologues that enjoy a vast following of drones who are all to happy to propagate the carbon copy message of their tedious shepherds.

2)the selective few that actually take the time to disassemble what they read and offer a semblance of intelligent analysis.

I've enjoyed your efforts here and in your commentary at my own endeavor as the latter and best form of online discourse.

WomanHonorThyself said...

Miss u already Otto..God speed my friend..and change your mind eh!..heh

Jeff said...

Otto, I'm saddened by your departure. Your blog is exceptional. I will miss reading your interesting posts and having your comments on my blog. You know, if doing alot of "blockqouting" is the point where one should consider giving up blogging then I probably should have thrown in the towel a long time ago. Like you, time is a problem for me too, but I've enjoyed the interaction with people like you and, well, sometimes I think posting something and staying in the game is better than just bailing out for lack of not being able to articulate one's own thoughts.

I do hope you'll reconsider some time soon. And please do drop by my blog sometime just to let me know your still out there. Your blog will remain blogrolled on mine as long as you have it up.

Take care.

robert'sright said...

I'm sorry to hear that you are contemplating suspending future commentaries and or editorials based on your constraints due to time allowances. Now, we out here in bloggersland, well, I think most all of us realize how time consuming it is, or can be, and I don't think any of us can say to you, that it wouldn't be wrong for you not to follow through with your convictions regarding these very important decisions that you, and you only can make. But please know and understand that we do understand and feel your pain, and I bet I speak for a lot of us [and I don't like speaking for anyone but me] when I say to you, that we appreciate all that you have done, and respect any decision you make,and hope that you will reconsider and hang in there. Because none of us really knew what we were getting into when we first got started,especially me!Heck! I didn't start until a couple of months ago, plus I know absolutely nothing about a computer and keyboarding [because an old cowboy in Montana never needed such tools] but I'm willing to learn, so learn I will!For the sake of all the countries on this world, and all those common ideologies based on the principals of God and Country and family. We all salute you and your efforts to help, and to improve on a the need that won't stop. Thank you, and God Bless! [and I just found you too!]

AI said...

Jason: Thanks for keeping AI on the blogroll my friend.

The Liberal lie the Conservative Truth: Thanks for the kind words, the liberal insanity of which you speak has gained a strong foothold in Australia. Our Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd is pushing for a stimulas package that's going to put our country well into the red, it's what crazy Liberals do.

See: http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,25013901-5000117,00.html

Jennifer: How good to see your name here! Glad you gained some from reading my blog, I know I gained much as its author. God bless!

AI said...

BZ: You have been a loyal visiter and commenter since around October from memory. Your offer to host my posts is too kind and I shall keep it in mind. For now God bless...

Jungle Mom: Rita, I do intend visiting occasionally, and thank you for coming by ... Keep up the good work at your end.... http://jungle-hut.blogspot.com/

AI said...

Jay @ Soob: Your comments are moving Jay. I sincerely appreciate what you wrote. To disassemble and reconstruct in the context of AI's purpose was always the goal my friend. The fact that it produced a "semblence of intelligent analyis" is a bonus. Thank you!

Woman Honor Thyself: Angel, you have routinely commented and for this send hugs your way...

AI said...

Jeff: Great to see you here Jeff! Blockqouting is surely not a catalyst for thoughts of ending a blog, but I guess I go hard on myself. Thanks for keeping us blogrolled and I shall come by occasionally.

Robert's right: Hello Robert and welcome to AI. Thanks for the words and that final salute... I'll come around and check out your work...God bless...

Marshall Art said...

Good gosh! I kept looking at the email from you (that responded to one I sent you) and had put you in my favorites, but never got around to visiting. Now that I have, I find this! My loss indeed. Oh well, I'll peruse a good number of your posts to see what I've missed.

At the same time, considering what's to befall the US now that the messiah has taken office, I'm thinking your departure is premature. Heck, just his first two weeks have provided a laundry list of objectionable moves. Somehow, I don't think you'll be able to contain yourself at some point.

Anyhow, sorry I'm so late to the party and I wish you the best.

Z said...

It's very time consuming to visit the other great blogs, that's so true...Otto, I'll miss you.
You've been so reassuring...knowing someone from that far away 'gets' America's goodness and can write about it so well has made moved me and given me hope! It'll be good to see you at the sites commenting, at least.
And, I'm with BZ..any time you'd like to post something, I, too, would be proud to post it...

God bless you and all you've done and will continue to do.....As you can see, we all think the world of you. THANKS for what you've written about our country. See you around, mate! Please don't be a stranger.....xxxxx

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

Thank you for your decision to keep 'American Interests' available. I plan to keep it on my blogroll, as as an archival resource.

And, thank you for the many posts you wrote.

I wish you the best: and believe you made a prudent decision.

AI said...

Marchall Art: Thanks for coming around and welcome to AI. If its not to much to ask, would appreciate remaining on that blogroll ...

AI said...

Z: Thanks for the support, the kind words and offer to host posts ... God bless you and yours

Brian ... aka Norski: Thanks for visiting and leaving us on the blogroll. You used an apt term to decribe my decision to pause at AI.

The Lonely Conservative said...

Hey Otto! Best of luck to you. I know exactly how you feel. I'll keep checking to see if you have a day or two when you just feel the need to comment on something. It's bound to happen. In the mean time, enjoy life! It's too short:-)

Frasypoo said...

We are going to miss you.
I am a serial deleter so I will predict that there may come a time when you come back!!

AI said...

The Lonely Conservative: Thanks!

Frasypoo: A "serial deleter"? Thanks for your support along the journey ...

GrEaT sAtAn'S gIrLfRiEnD said...

Ottavio - sure will miss your awesome research, concise analysis and fully crunk extroidinaire expertise.

American Interests has, will and shall be a a very high bar to maintain and a goal to met and exceed.

Thanks for all your hard work, role model material and fun, friendly attitudes.

Your influence will be with many of us - and moi especially - forever

CoUrTnEy

AI said...

Great Satan's Girlfriend: You are too kind Courtney! Your commentary was always appreciated. Do take care!

Marshall Art said...

Otto,

I've elected to add AI to my blogroll at Marshall Art's just to honor your efforts on America's behalf. Keep watching. I just know you'll have something to say eventually with Barry Obumble in office.

AI said...

Thank you Marshall ... sent an email your way ...

mksviews said...

Say it ain't so Otto.

Heavens above, i go on holidays and so many bloggers have thrown in the towel.

You will be missed Otto.

AI said...

mk: Cheers I'll get around to see what you are up to ...

mksviews said...

Thanks Otto and let us know if you're ever back in the game ok.

David Schantz said...

Otto,

I also needed some time away. Now I return to find your gone. You will be missed my Friend.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

AI said...

Thanks David ...

Z said...

Okay, enough time's passed!
you MUST have something to say and I'd be so proud to feature our pal from Down Under!
Let me know! xxx I hope you're well..

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Janet Brown said...

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AI said...

Janet Brown: On the question of the organizations broad tenet that U.S. "prosperity depends on lower taxes and less regulation, not more burdensome paperwork and bureaucracy", I could not agree more. Thanks for coming by...

AI said...

Jordan Hixon: I will certainly sign and support the petition thruogh own channels, thanks for coming by ...

David Schantz said...

Otto,

I'd been neglecting my site (again) because of a family illness. I'm going to start blogging regularly again In fact I have a second site because of that family illness, Alzheimer's In The House. I hope you can find the time to stop by.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

AI said...

I am saddened to read this David, Alzheimer's stuck close to home with my father-in-law being diagnosed in 2001. I will stop by soon.. God bless you and yours

David Schantz said...

Just stopped by to see if you'd returned.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Richard Phillip Nere said...

I was published recently. In fact, I was published at U.S. Naval Postgraduate Schools Center for Contemporary Conflict. Here is the link - http://www.nps.edu/Academics/centers/ccc/publications/OnlineJournal/2009/Aug/nereAug09.html

mang-ejen said...

This is really a great blog and what a way to write and present you ideas and experiences is fabulous. I believe that this is a never ending process. Once you have created a blog its not yours its a public property because people like / admire it.

Paul Champagne said...

Time is not an ally of those of us that have to work for a living. That is why liberal bloggers are so prolific ... they are all on the dole. It's been great reading you these past couple years ... but I'm sure you'll be back ... blogging is soooo addictive.

Paul Champagne said...

Time is not an ally of those of us that have to work for a living. That is why liberal bloggers are so prolific ... they are all on the dole. It's been great reading you these past couple years ... but I'm sure you'll be back ... blogging is soooo addictive.

AI said...

Paul: Hey there, how are you? I do believe you are right about Liberal bloggers ... sure been tempted to post again ...

Flag Gazer said...

I thought of you today when I saw John Major interviewed... miss your blog - hope life is treating you well!

AI said...

Flag Gazer: Thanks for the kind words, it's sure nice of you to come by, I will reciprocate soon. God bless

Incognito said...

Otto,
I can't believe it has been so long since i last visited, and then saw you had ended your blog. Last year was a wretched one re. health issues and barely was able to post on my own.

Hope all is well! But I can well understand why you stopped. You are missed.

Otto Marasco said...

Incog: Thanks and may 2010 be a better one for you. Take care ...

WomanHonorThyself said...

Otto!

how wonderful to see your comment at WHT!..Hope you're well and happy my friend!!!

Z said...

Oh, I thought you were blogging again when I saw your comment at my place...:-(
Well, I'm disappointed, but I sure do hope that you come visit again and again; we can use more Australian good sense there!
God bless, Otto! xxx You've been missed.
(my stepdaughter wants to celebrate her birthday next year in Melbourne...I can't blame her!..she says you ride in a jet like the one in TOP GUN there and that's her present to herself!!?)

Otto Marasco said...

WHT: It was a pleasure to visit your site again. Best wishes!

Z: No worries about the visit, I'll seee if I can get around occasionally. Best wishes!

Tapline said...

Otto, Thanks for coming up on my spot.....I as with others thought you might be back on...So I dropped in to see you haven't....Stay well my friend and good luck.....

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