To sum up in one word: depression.
There are lots and lots of other symptoms and side effects wrapped up in that. Chronic fatigue. Insomnia. (Often in combination; what fun!) Medication changes, with all the shenanigans that entails. Apathy. Lack of focus, also known as “brain fog,” which sounds like a diagnosis out of Joe vs. the Volcano.
Things depression did not help me accomplish: Anything. No writing to speak of, no print edition of Content Strategy for WordPress, no posts here, no plugin updates or support, no WordCamps, no pithy livetweeting, no hanging out in the #wordpress IRC or Slack channels, not much social media at all. I basically didn’t work for five months last year, and then worked really really hard for a few months to catch up.
I’m slowly coming out of hibernation and getting back into my usual circles. I’ll be at Paradise Lost this weekend, WPCampus in July and HighEdWeb in October. In the meantime, I hope to update CS4WP and get a second edition out–in both print and digital this time.
If you’ve pinged me on Facebook or Twitter to see how I was doing–thank you! It’s reassuring that my disappearance did not go unnoticed, and I appreciate your kindness.