If you come here often, a) I thank you from the bottom of my heart; and b) I'll call you soon, Mom & Dad.
I have frequent absences from the blog, many of which occur when I'm swamped at work. And when I'm not cranking out a grant, lately I feel more inclined to garden, or try a new recipe, or read a book, or work on my own writing than blog.
Rumor has it that personal blogging is dead--replaced by shorter, more immediate, and more accessible Twitter and Facebook updates. Food blogs are still hot, as are certain topical blogs, but unless their owners had the creative energy to post more than once a week, many personal blogs (including many I once followed) have staggered into oblivion.
I am still posting shorter bits and pieces online. For random musings about my dog, my garden, pop culture, cooking mishaps, remodeling projects, or just funny shit I've observed, check out my personal Facebook page.
If you're an avid reader (particularly one with a Kindle, Nook, or other e-reading device), you can 'like' my author page, where I tend to post about new releases by friends, special e-reader deals, and book-related events.
Both pages feed into my Twitter account.
When I want to stretch my writing muscles with a longer piece, I'll still blog from time to time, noting such an event on either of my Facebook pages. (Alert the media! Midwestern author recalls how to string sentences together!)
I do have some plans for both my blog and my author website, though they'll have to wait until I have a new book out. And for news about that, don't worry....I'm sure I'll be braying about it everywhere I can.