Friday, March 13, 2009

Thoughtful Hiatus

Dear Readers,

The Thoughtful Consumer is going to take a break from blogging.

This is my 115th blog post since the blog's inception on August 3, 2006.

I've written about everything from the small house movement to the effects of advertising on our consumer habits to the problems charities are facing in these difficult times.

While researching my posts, I’ve learned about guerrilla gardening, blood diamonds, the global water crisis and many other topics that I’ve found fascinating.

I’ve even been inspired to create the 365 Item Toss Uncluttering Challenge – and I am following through with it! [3/14 update: I'll report my progress periodically in the comments section of that post.]

I've thoroughly enjoyed sharing this blog with you and I want to thank you for the support you've given to it and to me. A special thank-you is due to those of you who subscribed and formed the core of my readership. All of your comments and e-mails have been greatly appreciated and have reassured me that the blog has served a useful purpose in your lives.

However, recently I’ve had to re-examine the ways in which I use my time. As regular readers know, I’ve been writing occasional radio essays for “Experience Talks” on KPFK-FM in Los Angeles/Santa Barbara. I’m now exploring further opportunities to write and produce for radio. I have other writing projects that I'm pursuing and artwork that I want to create. I’m also continuing to teach writing. There aren’t enough hours in the day for all of this!

So, because it’s important to me not to short-change the quality of "The Thoughtful Consumer" blog posts, I've reluctantly decided that it’s time to give blogging a rest.

If you’d like to be informed in the future about what I’m doing, please go to my website at The "radio" page is updated whenever a new essay is scheduled for broadcast. I also have a "news" page on the website to let you know of any other interesting developments.

If you’d like to be added to my mailing list so that I can contact you directly, please e-mail me at cynthiafriedlob at yahoo dot com (that’s the “spam-bot avoider” version of my address!).

Thank you again for reading this blog. It's been a great experience writing it!

Best wishes,

Cynthia Friedlob
[3/14 update: I will continue to respond to comments on any of the blog posts, so please don't hesitate to share your thoughts. You can scroll down this page to see all of the previous posts listed by category. Please search through them and enjoy!]