I've also said that this is my sixth attempt at maintaining a blog and the past few months have not been very constructive. There are two reasons why I've been absent. The first is that, like in the many blogs of the past, I've hamstrung myself by setting limitations on myself regarding what I can and should write about. In my opinion, there is little room for blogging about my dogs on a political blog, even though they may be what is capturing my attention at the time. I'm also interested in taking a step back from the world of politics, mostly because of everything else going on in my life I'll talk about below. So I'm thinking about expanding the scope of my blog - truly making it personal - and writing about whatever the hell I want. I will still occasionally contribute my thoughts on politics, but I want room to write about other things.