Contemplating recently whether to de-anonymize my blog, I decided to read through the archives and see if there was really anything there I wouldn't want to be associated with.
I found relatively little such material. But what I did find was immense jump in the complexity of the posts as time went on. Reading my early posts was easy and fun. The later posts were objectively better in content and structure, but much less enjoyable to read.
Suddenly I understand why people comment so infrequently on the blog nowadays. This blog is just not something a person would read for fun.
Is this my fault for writing boringly? Or the subject matter's fault for being too complex? My feeling is that both are somewhat true. I can and have been trying to deal with my boringness. But it's not easy, there is no simple formula for how to write interestingly, and the boundary between my boringness and the material's boringness (despite its worthwhileness) is rarely obvious.
In the meantime, sorry that I have driven you all away from the blog.
Of course, it's easy to apologize when you know the people who need apologizing to won't hear you...