"Yes, my son?"
"How come there have been so few posts here lately?"
"Well, I'm not really sure. Bob's been awfully busy the last few months."
"Busy? He sure finds a lot of time to spend at pogo.com!"
"Well, maybe busy isn't quite the right word. But he's been on a work project that swallowed up most of his focus. And another situation has taken up a fair amount of time and energy. He has time left over, but not a lot of energy for blogging or other advocacy efforts."
"You mean like you, when you went to 'Sex and the City 2' twenty-five times in two weeks?"
"Err, um, yes, son. But I thought we agreed not to talk about that any more."
"OK, Mom, I won't, even though I keep finding that DVD in the player. Has Bob been taking good care of his diabetes?"
"No, he hasn't, and he's worried about it. He feels bad about it, too, and also feels a little hypocritical. He knows that this isn't the case, really, but it still bothers him."
"That's too bad. I like Bob: he's funny. Or at least he tries to be. So is he going to start posting regularly again?"
"He wants to post more, but he doesn't feel ready to make promises. The other situations aren't really resolved, and he's also having trouble thinking of topics to write about."
"So he's not writing because he doesn't have anything to say? That's never stopped him before!"
"Son, that's just not nice. And quit being a wisenheimer about my taste in movies, or I'll make you watch 'Titanic' with me."
"Mom! NO! You wouldn't!"