Goodbye for Now

I love the wisdom packed nicely into the Spanish phrase that says, Quien mucho abarca, poco aprieta (Jack of all trades, master of none or literally, He who embarks on much, grasps little). Like all good sayings that stand the test of time, it’s short, easy to understand and applies to many situations. In the past few months I have studied for and taken the written test to become a state certified court interpreter; I have become a sort of a layman Sunday school teacher/youth minister and enrolled in an international labor relations course. This is all in addition to my regular job of being a translator and running my own small internet translation agency. Needless to say, I’m feeling stretched quite thin. Last month I came to the sad realization that several things in my life were going to have to be set aside for a while and this blog is one of them.

Since my first article written in December of last year to my last interview with the super linguist Carlos do Amaral Freire I have absolutely loved researching and writing for this blog. My life has been enriched by learning new things in preparation for each article. I have had the privilege to correspond via email, MSN Messenger or Skype with extraordinary linguists like Stuart Jay Raj, Steve Kaufmann, Ziad Fazah, Alexander Arguelles and Carlos do Amaral Freire, among others. I have even had the chance to visit a couple of them in their homes and peruse their libraries.

As wonderful as these experiences have been they are no more gratifying to me than your readership. Some of you have been following this blog since December and some of you just started reading it a couple of weeks ago. In this busy period of human history time is perhaps the most precious of all assets. The fact that so many of you from all over the world have taken your time to read what I have written is an honor that I do not take for granted. I even took a picture of all of you so as not to forget you.

If you bookmarked this page or included it in your RSS feeder or Googlereader page then please do not delete it. Please check back! I developed the habit of writing down any and all topics for future posts that popped into my head right when they popped into my head. Because of this I still have several dozen topics that I would like to write about. I will not be deleting this blog or any of its posts. Feel free to read any of them as much as you like and to leave comments. You may also feel free to contact me whenever you like. I do not know whether I will be reduced to only writing one post a month or whether or not this is just a hiatus from which I will return to writing once or twice a week. Time will tell. One thing is certain though: I do not intend for this to be my last post.

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9 Responses

  1. What a shame. I’ve been following your blog since May and it’s been a pleassure.

  2. “Quien mucho abarca, poco aprieta” … i can relate to that!!! But it would be nice to grasp it all wouldn’t it! :)

    Ur blog is fantastic – and I’m glad that you’re not totally shutting it down. It’s a great reference.

    I hope your business and other ventures treat you well! My mailbox is always open to you.
    Stu.

  3. It’s sad to hear that I would be reading less from this wonderful blog. At least this is not the last post. I’ll be looking forward to your posts!

  4. I have really enjoyed your blog. Thanks for such interesting posts, but I completely understand the time it take to do some many other things and that some things have to go when you get overloaded. Good luck with them and God be with you in everything you are doing.

  5. I completely understand. If you stretch yourself too thin, your work will suffer. Good luck with everything.

  6. That’s a real shame, as your blog recently became one of my favourite reads. Makes me wonder again, is a link from TEFLtastic some kind of curse??

    http://www.tefl.net/alexcase

  7. Wow, this is tough, but I agree with what Karen wrote. It’s work maintaining a blog and an even harder task to do a quality one like you have. Thanks for the aviso about your digital whereabouts, because so often people just abandon their blogs with no mention that they’re taking a hiatus or have called it quits.

    Anyway, don’t be a stranger! :)

  8. I don’t grasp what you’re talkin’ ’bout.

    Say, moi gotz one of those map thingys on moi’s blog.

    Stay on groovin’ safari,
    Tor

  9. What a Shame, my friend. I understand completely your situation because it’s the same that mine.

    Perhaps you can see the little red dot in the northern Colombia in your map, in front of the Caribbean Sea. It represents my visits :D

    Good luck with your business.

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