Everything you put here these days seems to be either a puff for, or a report from, your various extra-curricular activities, be it publishing books, presenting radio programmes or hanging out with Ann Widdecombe in various unexciting provincial theatres.
Are you feeling that you are out-growing mere blogging? Are you preparing to shut down and move on?
The markets are starting to get twitchy. I think we should be told.
I get rather tired of comments like this so let me answer the points mad once and for all. Funnily enough, if I do mention that I am presenting a radio programme, it's because strangely enough many readers do like to listen. Indeed, many complain when I don't alert them that I am going to be on. On the Queen's Speech Forum, again, I felt that readers might like to either attend or watch it live on their computers. Some may, some may not. Again, I felt readers who live near Lichfield, Birmingham, Chelmsford or Salisbury might like to see the Widdecombe theatre show. And some did, as I know from my emails.
And yes, if my company publishes a book I think my readers might be interested in, damned right I am going to mention it. Wasn't the Peter Watt book relevant to this blog? Weren't the libel issues raised by the Schillings threat to us over the Rooney book relevant?
Now, if people think none of the things I have blogged about above are of interest then they will not return and seek their blogging pleasure elsewhere. Fair enough. It's a free market.
There are times when any blogger has fallow periods. I have them myself. There are also times when my life is very busy and I don't have time to blog as much I might like. This week is one of those times. There are also times when frankly I have nothing to say. And the worst kind of blogging is just to do it for the sake of it. I try not to fall into that trap, but I am not always successful.
I'm certainly not "outgrowing blogging" as my correspondent seems to think. Yes, I have had thoughts about the future direction of this blog - as I do most years. But why on earth would I think of shutting down the very thing that defines me in politics and the media? I've always said I would stop blogging when I didn't enjoy it any longer. And believe me there have been periods over the last eighteen months or so when I have been sorely tempted. But in the end the positives outweigh the negatives. And when I get emails - as I do most days - from people telling me how much they appreciate what I do, I feel I would be letting them down if I stopped.
So all I am saying is that because it is not my job, it's not what I do full time, there will always be a lack of consistency in the frequency and quality of my blogging. Most of my readers understand that. But I thought I would spell it out for those that don't.
End of self justification!
UPDATE: This comment from Nigel Hooley on my Facebook page sums up entirely the point I was trying to make...
Excellent point well made. If it wasn't for the blog I would not have listened to so many excellent radio shows, seen so many Sky news paper reviews or indeed bought a certain fantastic book about a certain footballer who we hope will win the world cup golden boot.
Keep on bloggin'