After three-plus years and a frightening 794 posts (795 if you count this one), this blog will be on temporary hiatus until (at least) the new year. During my much-needed vacation, I came to the realization that - as much as I enjoy screaming into the interwebs about trade, monkeys and other important stuff - my little (unpaid) hobby was seriously distracting from my more-than-full-time job, my increasingly-pregnant wife, more formal public policy endeavors and the many other joys and obligations that exist outside of my den. Blogging also had begun to feel like a chore rather than a hobby, and - let's face it - that's not good for an activity that neither pays the bills nor keeps Stately Lincicome Manor in good working order.
Thus, I'm going to take a little break to realign my priorities and determine if a more "balanced" blogging approach is possible or necessary. There's a very good chance that I will end up feeling bored and/or repressed in under a week, and therefore resume blogging in 2013. In the meantime, I'll still be tweeting on the same issues covered here (at @ScottLincicome) and might even post a random link or two here over the next month (but no promises).
Thanks much for reading over the past few years. It's been a pretty wild ride - one that I never, ever expected when I started doing this back in July 2009.
And happy holidays.