December 05, 2004

All change. This blog terminates here

Patrick Crozier | Blogging

Unless I have a complete about-turn (something that is by no means impossible) this will be my last post for Transport Blog.

I would love to say that I have agonized long and hard before arriving at this decision. But that wouldn't be true. The truth is that a large number of frustrations have built up over the last few months. Here are a few of them:

All this is not to say that Transport Blog has been a waste of time. Far from it. I have learnt a lot especially about compulsory purchase and Australian low-cost carriers and Mark III coaches. I also, and probably more importantly, have learnt a lot about blogging both from the technical and philosophical perspectives. The experience has not been a waste.

Finally, I would like to thank the following for their contributions (big and small) over the last two and a half years: Brian Micklethwait, Michael Jennings, Andy Wood, Mark Holland, Peter Cuthbertson, Gabriel Roth, David Farrer, Jackie D, Alan Little, Tim Hall, Mark Ellott, Andy Wakeford and Brian Hayes.

Update 08/12/04 I would like to thank everyone for their kind comments - keep them coming ;-). Talking of which the security codes are no longer displaying. Fret ye not - they don't work anyway and you can happily ignore them.

Just to let you know in case you missed my none-to-clear announcement above: I have a new blog. It is here. And I am sure I'll get round to writing about transport before too long.

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Comments

I noticed the volume of posting had declined in recent weeks and unfortunately my fears were confirmed.

You've done an outstanding job on a subject that even small-government types have a hard time coming to grips with. I will certainly miss Transport Blog.

On the other hand, you may find that posting on a variety of topics will help save up more energy for an occasional quality post on transport. Being libertarian-minded, it is always hard to focus on only one aspect of State meddling.

Good luck with Croziervision, and thanks again for your efforts with Transport Blog.

Posted by Jay Jardine on December 6, 2004

I publish on multiple blogs, my own Flit(TM) which covers everything and has a small circulation and I've also got posting rights on the ChicagoBoyz blog where I exclusively post on Chicago related matters (I live in that metro region).

I don't see why there's any reason not to have a wider "Croziervision" effort and, when your mind turns to transport fancy, reposting on Transport blog. People who are only interested in transport issues will like the fact that they don't have to wade through the rest of Croziervision while you can explore your wider writings without having to limit yourself to transport only related things. If you're technically adventurous, you could rig it so that all your croziervision subjects get automatically broken out into their own blog with no human intervention on your part.

Posted by TM Lutas on December 6, 2004

Are you leaving the site and archives up, or will the whole blog die when the hosting account and domain expires?

Posted by Tim Hall on December 6, 2004

Are you leaving the site and archives up, or will the whole blog die when the hosting account and domain expires?

I do hope not. There's a lot of work there (a lot of other people's work there, indeed) so we have to find some way of preserving it. I am just not quite sure how to go about doing it. Anyway, I have a year to decide and most of it is backed up.

As far as the future shape of my blogging goes - right now everything is up for grabs but I am sure at some point I'll start writing about trains again.

Posted by Patrick Crozier on December 6, 2004

What a disapointment! You have such a wonderful blog; I just wished that I agreed with you more. :) But it is a wonderful and stimulating resource so please leave it up, even just as is so people can still comment.

And I do understand -- I have been thinking of putting my own blog on ice for a while.

Posted by David Sucher on December 7, 2004

I for one, will miss your rhetoric and physics lessons.

Posted by Benjamin Kaplin on December 7, 2004

Sorry to see Transport Blog go, Patrick. I have marked the occasion on my blog. And do add mine to the chorus of voices saying, "don't let the archive die."

Posted by Natalie Solent on December 7, 2004

I'm sad to see this one go, but I look forward to what pops up in the future from this site's contributors. Two thoughts to leave:
a) However bizarre or wrongheaded they may seem, all decisions are made for a reason. Finding the real or root cause of a decision is often the most effective way of challenging it.
b) There is always another point of view...

Posted by andy wakeford on December 7, 2004

Mine too (and other AOL-eries), and will miss the site.

I thought you had one BBC review blog already, Patrick? Two just seems greedy...

Posted by john b on December 7, 2004

I'll miss it too. In the spirit of carrying on where you left off, I've commented on recent rail issues over at my blog. Indeed, it was this blog along with White Rose that prompted me to start blogging in the first place. many thanks for the inspiration.

http://longrider.blog-city.com

Posted by Mark Ellott on December 7, 2004

I ll miss it ...

Think you should know specialist blogs work: I got a lot of inspiration in the preliminary works towards my thesis (finished this summer).

Posted by Rike on December 12, 2004

1) I went through three months of not posting on my blogs. I have now started to go back to my Election Watch blog (http://antoineclarke.blogspot.org) so I know exactly what you've been through. Best of luck.

2) If you read this very soon, then we need to talk about a one-off business deal. Call me asap.

Posted by Antoine Clarke on December 13, 2004

I have declined to being a once in a while Samizdata contributor, and my own blog is almost but not entirely dead. Part of it is that I went at got a job, but even more it was that I was pretty blogged out, I think.

I'll also add that I would like the archive to stay up. For one thing I would like the stuff I have written for the blog to remain accessible if possible.

Posted by Michael Jennings on December 15, 2004

I just wanted to thank you for your work. I think it's very good.

I would like to wish you the best in your future projects.

Posted by José Carlos Rodríguez on January 13, 2005

Oh come off it Patrick. You know you want to come back. We miss you!

Posted by Al on January 28, 2005

I stop by once in a while in hopes that you have changed your mind. Alas.

Posted by David Sucher on March 12, 2005

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