You may have noticed that my @jackofkent account is no longer on Twitter.
Twitter has been very kind to me.
@jackofkent had over 7000 followers by yesterday.
It was a wonderful but strange (and sometimes slightly intimidating) sensation to think that any more than a handful of people had the slightest care as to what I tweeted.
I have engaged with some witty and intelligent individuals. I have also been able to work with like-minded people around the world on a range of causes.
And I may have been able to make a marginal difference via Twitter to things which spilled over into the real world: the Simon Singh case, the Paul Chambers "Twitter Joke Trial", making fun of Scientology and getting a story on Newsnight, and this week even keeping the story alive about the Metropolitan Police's seeming failure to properly investigate the mainstream media ("#MetGate").
(The latter even got me a direct thank you from John Prescott!)
However, Twitter really is a time-eater of the highest order.
And helping make #MetGate as a mainstream story, and getting 6969 followers (which rather appealed to my sense of humour), was a good time to go. There was probably nothing left to achieve.
I was also beginning to not derive as much fun out of it as the time I put into it probably warranted.
After all, tweeting and blogging are hobbies; they are voluntary activities.
There is no public duty or contractual obligation to tweet or blog.
If you are not having fun then there is no point doing any hobby.
I have a day job; I am writing a book ("Bad Libel"); I have this blog, and I blog elsewhere; I organise Westminster Skeptics; and (believe it or not) I also have a life which does not involve being either an appendage to a keyboard or promoting worthy causes.
I have tried to give up on Twitter before, but I could always think of a reason to go back.
So this time, I thought I would act a little more decisively.
I deactivated my @jackofkent account.
I am full of praise for Twitter, and I will miss being @jackofkent.
I am proud of the good work I achieved with that account.
And I am incredibly grateful to each person who followed me.
But I only have so much spare time, and I want to spend it doing what I enjoy doing most.
So if you followed me on Twitter, please forgive me for bailing out when I thought what @jackofkent could do had peaked and to get out on a high.
And at least you will always know you were one of @jackofkent's 6969.
(ps, as I have been accused of melodrama over my exit, I may as well have the above as the title to my blogpost :-) )
(pps, if you are very observant, you will have noticed I have changed the name of my blog too...) [7 September - a number of readers have asked me to change the title back, so I have but with a new subtitle.]
Edited for style and new content, 5 September.
As requested by a few people, I have now created a Twitter feed for blogposts from this site.
I also still have my long-standing personal account, and I remain responsible for the Westminster Skeptics account.
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