Where have I been?
I know a few people have wondered why I appear to have stopped blogging altogether.
Well, the short version is because I did. The longer version is that I got tired of dealing with the negativity – although it's been suggested that I turn off comments, that isn’t really me. I don’t think “not listening” is the right approach.
It was also frustrating, at the time, that we (the IE team) weren’t saying anything substantial about IE8 or our plans, and I got tired of walking the line. That changed, obviously, when MIX08 rolled around and we released our beta 1.
Finally, and this was partly exacerbated by the previous issues, I was tired of things I said being taken too seriously, and getting jumped on. For example, the unfortunately well-publicized back and forth last fall on ES4 – which might have been okay as 1) a statement of my personal opinion, or 2) an open exchange of ideas on the future of ECMAScript. Unfortunately, it got blown into a much bigger deal than that, and that just made me depressed.