Taking a (Critical) Break: The Power of E-Relationships

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I am going to be taking a bit of a break from my blog until some time in 2011 (I can’t say for sure when but hopefully before Easter). The main reason being that I am pregnant and need to cut down a bit on workload to get a bit more rest, and the workload in other areas of my job has increased so something has gotta give. Plus I have got to finish my PhD before this baby is born otherwise it will never happen! The PhD is kind of like my third child (one born (Maia), two in gestation!). Imagine that – like carrying twins.

I want to thank all those who visit my blog and especially those who have commented for your continued support and encouragement. Oddly I am addressing this message to many people who I have never met in person, but who have become friends through twitter, facebook and blogging. Now I know there are many sceptics out there who talk about whether e-relationships are “real”, and indeed there are strong arguments for the fact that online relationships work precisely because they are free of the baggage of real world relationships (i.e. you see each other’s best sides only). But to be honest, I have come to re-evaluate this assumption based on the amazing support I have actually received from my online friends recently. From the beautiful gesture of kindness in raising some money for me after we were burgled recently, to the intense and rewarding discussions about all sorts of topics, to the important links to information that I get from those people I follow on twitter and through blogging. This community of people is very very real to me and I am glad to be part of it.

I guess that is why I feel the need to tell you that I won’t be blogging for a while. Yes I had some blog guilt about this. As I feel a sense of responsibility to this community like any other that I am part of. Very interesting further blog posts in there. But later!

I will be back some time soon and will still be around on twitter and contributing to other people’s blogs of course. And you are always welcome to contribute to the archive discussions whenever you want.

With love, solidarity, strength and hope.

Thank you

xx

ps – you can contribute to this thread by the way. I will be moderating it!