It probably has not escaped anyone's attention that this blog has been inactive of late. And it is quite likely it will continue to be inactive at least for the immediate future. As has perhaps been evident from the slowing pace of updates, I really just don't enjoy keeping a ship blog in the same way as I used to. I have had plenty of ideas about future entries – there remains a backlog of stuff that was never posted here for whatever reason – but I just haven't felt like actually doing them.
Having made a profession out of my hobby of maritime writing and photography, it is in hindsight inevitable that the parts that I originally did just for fun ended up feeling like a job. During the past year or so I've been trying to, hmm, rediscover my life, breaking old patterns and trying out new hobbies, as well as rediscovering old ones in order to make my life less about work. And I guess I have succeeded, as I find myself getting excited about ships and shipping professionally again, but... this blog was and is a hobby, and all things shipping continue to feel like a job. I really don't want to spend my free time on working. I'm not saying I will never return to maintaining this blog, but it will certainly continue to be on an indefinite hiatus.
In the mean time, if you want more shipping-related stuff from me, you might want to take a look at the first episode of the Roll On/Roll Off Podcast, where I had the honour of being the first guest. If you want to listen to me ramble on about mostly ferries, but also branching over to cruise ships and shipbuilding, while the hosts try to desperate steer me back on subject, this is the place to go.
Meanwhile, on the subject of other hobbies, while this blog has been silent I have started a YouTube channel, which so far has been about my rediscovered model train hobby, but which will likely branch out to other subject in the future. So if you just want to know what I've been up to, you might want to head over to there.
I truly appriciate all the positive feedback I have received about this blog over the years, and I do hope the 559 existing entries on this blog will continue to bring joy to readers. Those are not going anywhere (unless Google screws something up, of course – you never know about that). I will see you around the internet, I guess.