A year ago, I decided to take a lengthy hiatus from blogging. Several reasons lay behind this decision - e.g. the drudgery of dealing with spammers, the decline in meaningful feedback caused by implementing countermeasures against trolls, etc. - but the primary motivation for taking a break from writing was something else altogether: a desire to re-evaluate what exactly I should be writing, and why I should be writing it.
The year-long break has provided plenty of time to reflect on these matters, and the conclusion I've come to is one I think I'll be able to live with in the long term. Formerly I'd written with one eye on general accessibility, but from now on what I write will be for the satisfaction of one person alone: myself. This has never been a widely-read blog even at its most popular, and I lack the necessary inclination required to try to make it one, so the only way the blog's continued existence can be justified is that I should be able to feel some satisfaction about the quality of what I've written, whether or not it has an audience. I will no longer make any concessions whatsoever to a broader readership, and if that means my obscure vocabulary and abstruse subject matter drive my already minuscule audience to zero, so be it.