Longtime watchers of this blog have surely realized that, in the past few months, there has been a lull in its output, and particularly in what is supposed to be its bread and butter: Beatles books reviewed and analyzed via the standards of historical methodology. This is not due to lack of interest in the subject either on my part, or on Karen’s: I have greatly appreciated all the likes, shares, new followers, and posters we have garnered over the existence of the blog, and genuinely enjoyed the in-depth, nuanced discussions our posters have provided.
The fault for that lack of productivity is entirely mine. The difficulty of balancing a growing family, a career, and my Beatles research/writings, increased exponentially following the birth of my third child 18 months ago. I am not, and have never been, particularly adept at short bursts of work: I prefer to sink into research and writing for several hours at a time, a schedule which is basically impossible to follow when dependent upon the napping whims of a toddler. The productivity of this blog has suffered, as a result, and for that I offer my apologies.
I find the material and subject as fascinating as ever: I simply do not have the time, currently, to devote to it. Within the last year, I have had to decline invitations to conferences, peer review opportunities, book review opportunities, and other research opportunities that simply didn’t work with my schedule. The time available to devote to this blog has significantly diminished. This is a reality that is only going to become more true come March, when my husband and I have our fourth child, a.k.a., the last one. What little time I have for writing and researching will only become more erratic as it will then become dependent on the utterly unpredictable schedules of both a toddler and a newborn. In tandem. Without neglecting the 11 year old (almost a teenager, hurray!) and 8 year old as well. My husband’s contributions to parenting and the household are beyond reproach, but there are simply not enough hours in the day to do everything.
Karen and I have discussed our plans for the blog’s future, and we do not intend to end the blog, but rather seek out additional material from posters. The “phenomenology of fame” post would be an example of the sort of material we’re looking for: book reviews or reviews of Beatles-related museum exhibits would be another. Karen and I have compiled some submission guidelines to help you get started. I will hopefully be able to still participate in the discussions, even as the material for posts will be drawn, to a greater extent, from other posters.
I want to thank all of you for your reading and posting contributions, and the appreciation this small blog has gained among Beatle fans. The plan is that once these first, most time consuming years have passed, we will be able to hit the ground running again.