It appears that my state o' the sphere post hit a nerve with some people. It's not often I get 13 comments on a non-contest post. The nice thing is that it shows people are still reading, even if the number of posts out there are decreasing (or maybe not).
There were a number of reasons given for the possible slowdown.
Four people cited taking (or giving) final exams for school as part of the problem. I remember those days and I don't think I would have been reading blogs, much less writing one, during finals.
Four people said, and I know it's true because I read their work, that their blogs are either ramping up or continuing normal posting patterns.
Four people gave the holidays as a primary culprit for a blog slowdown. Is it January yet?
Two people blamed it on Topps and/or Panini. I know only two people said it, but the monopoly is killing the hobby. Along with a myriad of other things.
One person, and I think he's onto something here, said it was just me.
He may be the smartest one of all of us.