Aug 11

Naughty, Naughty, Very Naughty (An Apology)

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Hello everyone – a six-week hiatus is no kind of way to treat a blog, let alone one with such a strong and interesting community as Popular. There are plenty of factors here – family illness, a summer of dramatic and distracting events, changes at work (of which more below), paid writing, and more. Something had to give: Popular was it. Hopefully it won’t happen again: even writing about a song as piss-weak as KWS reminded me how much I enjoy doing this.

Some good news, though: from October I’m switching to working four days a week, leaving a day entirely free for writing (paid, unpaid, long-term projects). If nothing else, that should stablilise Popular – hopefully it’ll lead to other interesting things too.

In the meantime, I hope you’ve had a good Summer, and see you here for the rest of it.


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    Mike Atkinson on 15 Aug 2011 #

    I’ve often wondered how you squeeze it all in, Tom: the day job, the Graun column, the Pitchfork column, the Tumblr, the small matter of being a dad, etc etc. So I trust that going to four days a week helps restore your work-life balance.

    By the same token, apols for the continued delays with Which Decade. I’ll get the fucker done by Christmas, even if it kills me!

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    Simon on 15 Aug 2011 #

    Welcome back from your (Australian, given time of year?) hibernation. Hope all is now well, and that the new balance works for you.

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    lonepilgrim on 15 Aug 2011 #

    Welcome back! It’s not been a bad thing to have a bit of a hiatus – it may be worth doing on a regular basis. Knowing how hard I find to sustain a blog/tumblr account I am in awe of your productivity across so many projects.

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    JLucas on 15 Aug 2011 #

    Welcome back! I feel rather guilty for harrassing you on twitter now. Hope family problems are all resolved.

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    Erithian on 16 Aug 2011 #

    Seconded. In homage to Johnny Cash using CB lingo on TOTP ’76, good numbers around the house. (that’s “best wishes to the family”.)

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    Rory on 16 Aug 2011 #

    It’s been news-junkie nirvana in the UK the past month — I’m amazed that anyone has been able to tear themselves away long enough to write any more than a tweet.

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    Hugh on 17 Aug 2011 #

    Hooray! (I never want to see the words ‘Deeply Dippy’ at the top of any web page ever again)

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    Jimmy the Swede on 17 Aug 2011 #

    Hosanna! Fatted calf at your BBQ, Tom.

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    Patrick on 19 Aug 2011 #

    Hooray! Glad to hear things have settled down for you. Deep lols /cosign at Hugh’s comment too!

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