Since I took down SHAMblog about a week ago, perhaps a dozen people have contacted me by various means to inquire about the factors motivating my decision. Several, including one or two media types, asked if I could at least keep the archived content up. Fairly typical is this twitter exchange:
@iwrotesham why isn't the blog accessible any more? Blogger offers free hosting virtually forever.— Sfântul Sisoe (@sfantul_sisoe) June 9, 2015
@iwrotesham I understand. I sometimes feel the same frustration. Won't the existing content be made available, for posterity's sake?— Sfântul Sisoe (@sfantul_sisoe) June 9, 2015
Another emailed plaintively, "I began my day by going to your blog with my morning coffee and I miss it!" A third reader wrote to say, "You really had a huge impact on my life and the way I think and feel."
So I find myself wondering, If the blog had that much meaning to people, then why...?
Ah, well, no one likes a martyr, and a whiny one at that. I suppose SHAMblog does represent an enviable body of work—a legitimate oeuvre—and its place in the history of self-help criticism seems assured. Plus, as noted, I loath the idea that the folks on the other side might giggle with schadenfreude at the fact that my "negativity" and "naysaying" had come home to roost. So, as requested, I'm bringing the archives back up.
I do want to thank all of you who wrote to express your dismay at the blog's demise. At this time I do not expect to post going forward.