Darren Rowse Quits Blogging

I’ve had enough of blogging and I’m quitting… for a couple of weeks.

Sorry – I couldn’t resist a little link whoring of my own.

Yes it’s time for me to say farewell and to wish you all a Happy Christmas (substitute with the Holiday of the Season of your choice).

It’s Christmas Day here in Australia already and today I’ll be spending breakfast, lunch and dinner with three different parts of our extended family. It’s expected to be a warm day (mid 20’s – that’s Celsius) and the day will involve quite a bit of time outside having BBQ’s and maybe even swimming (the mother-in-law’s house has a pool). I know the idea of a summer Christmas freaks a few readers here out – but I find it hard to imagine Christmas any other way.

Tomorrow (Boxing Day – another thing that I know some of you don’t have where you live either) V and I take off for some time away in Queensland (two states north of where I live) for some time on the coast. Our time there will involve lots of doing nothing.

I’m picturing lots of lazing by a pool, in bed, on a beach and anywhere else I can get horizontal with a book.

Speaking of books – I’m going to use the time to do a fair bit of reading. In addition to taking three novels I’m also taking Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (which has been sitting on my bedside table for close to six months) and a book Yaro recommended to me yesterday by Richard Koch called The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Success by Achieving More with Less (something it might be nice to know how to do).

While I’m gone ProBlogger will continue to run – in fact it could be even better than when I’m here because I’ve just uploaded over 20 posts which will go live over the next two weeks. The posts are mainly written by readers of this blog (with 2 or 3 from me). When I asked for submissions for these posts I did so with a little fear and trembling (I didn’t want to have to reject anyone) but as it’s turned out I’m really happy with the quality and variety of what has been submitted.

While there are a few I would never have thought to write (or had the ability to write) they cover some great topics and are sure to spark some interesting discussions. Interestingly a number of the posts are pitched at the ‘beginner blogger’ – something I’ve been asked to write on quite a bit recently. While I won’t be here to moderate the discussions I trust that everyone will be supportive of those who have submitted pieces and will get along nicely.

I’ll be back on deck and blogging on Monday 9 January. I hope the next two weeks are everything they can be for you. Thanks for your support this year (I’ll leave the reflections on the year to a post I’ve set to go off on New Years Eve) and have a save and happy time over the next couple of weeks.

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  1. Merry Christmas Darren

    Come prepared for some very hot weather – 35 forecast for today and nothing under 30 for the next week.

  2. varun says:



  3. Baz L says:


    Don’t do that. That title kinda scared me for a minute. Merry Xmas to all though.

  4. Darren Rowse says:

    sorry Baz – but you know I couldn’t quit…


  5. Tom says:


    Thanks for all you have taught me this year. Between your site and the 6 figure blogging, you have helped me achieve a few dreams.

    I hope you have a great break and cherish your family and the holidays.

    And come back ready to have a great 2006.


  6. have a great holiday and some well-earned time off darren!

    you weren’t tempted to stay in melbourne for the boxing day test?

    have a relaxing time

    cheers, mark

  7. Darren, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  8. Darren Rowse says:

    very tempted Mark :-) But I’ll watch it from Noosa

  9. brem says:

    Merry Christmas… have fun in hot weather…

  10. Merry Christmas Darren. All the best for 2006.

  11. Darren, a Merry Christmas to you and family. Enjoy the time away. I’ll be putting the feet up tomorrow too for the Boxing Day test, but my digs in Hobart don’t quite have the cachet of Noosa, I’m afraid!

    Oooh Ah, Glenn McGrath!

    Have a good holiday.

  12. Merry Christmas Darren! Enjoy your time off, go do some fun stuff, spend some time with the people you love. This is your vacation, live it.

  13. Mariano says:

    Merry Christmas for yoy Darren and for all probloggers!

  14. Teli says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Darren. May it be filled with laughter, comfort, and abundance!

  15. goldy says:

    good luck

  16. vivek says:

    Merry Christmas Darren!

  17. EngLee says:

    Merry Christmas!

  18. Andrew says:

    linksmu švenčių kaledu!

    Or Merry Christmas from Lithuania :)

  19. Joe says:

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
    Its supposed to be around 30 degrees here as well (F).
    At least it’s not Snowing, yet.

  20. Vasanth says:

    Merry Christmas

  21. jack says:

    happy holiday

  22. Handry says:

    Merry Christmas Darren.

  23. Robert says:

    Funny you should mention that, I was given a copy of the 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch for Christmas.

  24. Tomi says:

    Interestingly who now works. Christmas, a vacation, a holiday.


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