Why I Have Decided to Take My Blog Down

I have decided to take my blog down. But just for the Christmas holidays. For the past few months, John Saddington at MilkEngine.com and I have been working on a new design. I am really excited about it!

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/sculpies, Image #2678850

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/sculpies

My blog will officially close tonight at 9:00 p.m. CDT. If all goes according to plan, we will bring the new blog back online at 8:00 a.m. CDT on Monday, December 28th.

I plan to post several articles next week on how to grow your leadership in 2010. If you are serious about personal development, you won’t want to miss this series. See you then!

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/scottdwinter scottdwinter

    Ha! Way to grab attention! Merry Christmas, Mike.

  • http://www.domybooks.ie Ralph

    The Irish phrase for a stunt like that is a 'chancer' Well done!

    Happy Christmas,

    Ralph
    http://www.domybooks.ie/Blog

  • http://sandraking-beholding-god.blogspot.com/ Sandra King

    Yikes! That was scary!
    My recent post Beholding Christmas Through the Eyes of Youth

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Laurinda Laurinda

    That's so not right. Way to catch people's attention! I'm looking forward to your leadership series and new design.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I know. I initially felt guilty about using that post title. But I got over it. It was just too much fun! ;-)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      Mike's clever. ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/shannahall Shanna Hall

    My heart skipped when I read your title in my facebook feed. Grateful to learn that it's only temporary. I'm looking forward to the relaunch. Merry Christmas.

  • http://ronlane.wordpress.com Ron

    Can't wait to see the new site and read the Leadership series.

  • http://onbloggingwell.com Linda Fulkerson

    I think I gasped out loud when I read your post's title. I'm glad this is only temporary and look forward to seeing the new design. Merry Christmas!
    My recent post Free eBook — an Early Christmas Present

  • http://www.facebook.com/Audrakrell Audra Krell

    Looking forward to the new blog! Merry Christmas!

  • http://www.fuelblue.com Bob Donohue

    I saw your post on facebook and got nervous. Suddenly I realiEd how much I like your blog. I’ll have to pay more attention now. Good lick with the new design.

    Bob Donohue

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your kind words. I hope you like the new design, too.

  • http://www.fuelblue.com Bob Donohue

    Sorry for typos. Tiny iPhone buttons.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GordonMarcy GordonMarcy

    I just wrote a post saying thanks for all you do through your blog. I used a title playing off of your twitter fast headline.

    Reading this, I thought, gee will my next post be, "Why I Have Decided To Take Down My Post About Michael Hyatt's Blog?"

    Whoever said, "The headline is really important," was right!

    Glad it was just a "made you look."

  • http://twitter.com/youcanknowgod @youcanknowgod

    been reading for a few months…enjoying the blog and looking forward to seeing the new design.

  • Dennis

    Had to come over as soon as I saw your tweet: almost knocked me out of my chair.

    Thank you for your blog. You have been a huge positive impact on my personal/spiritual growth. I look forward to the relaunch. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Dennis, for your kind words.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Cindy_Graves Cindy_Graves

    Thanks for giving me a heart attack!!! Whew, felt like Fred Sanford there for a second.

    Can't wait to see what wonders you have in store for us.

    Merry Christmas!

  • http://twitter.com/TheGraphicsLab @TheGraphicsLab

    That's a good one! You hooked me in!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/success2you John Richardson

    Wow Michael, I read the headline and was shocked. Glad it is only temporary. I have been planning on updating my blog with a new design for a while now, but with all the WordPress plugins, widgets, and tweaks it will take a day or two to get everything working anew. It used to be you could just click on a new template, reload a few plugins, and be up and running. Not anymore. Many of the new templates require a custom configuration which can take a long time with multiple years of posts.

    I think your strategy of actually taking your blog down is a good one. No "half working" site for your readers to deal with. At least you are not changing your domain, which can take days to re-paginate. Good luck on the upgrade. I hope everything goes smoothly for you. Looking forward to your new series.
    My recent post Do You Have a Heartfelt Goal?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Last year, I moved from TypePad to WordPress. Thankfully, I didn’t know how difficult the transition would be. Once I realized what I had gotten myself into, I was too far along to stop! (Same thing is true for most important stuff in life.)

      This transition will be far easier I think, but it is still complicated. Lots of moving parts!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/chrishuff chrishuff

    Would love to see a 2010 post on why you re-designed your blog.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Funny, my wife keeps asking me this same question! Actually, I am planning to do that soon after the re-launch. It has been an interesting process. Thanks.

  • Jim D.

    I have never commented until now … I just signed up for your twitters yesterday and have been receiving your blog feeds fro sometime. I was very sad to see the title BUT thankful when I was able to fully read your recent post. The blog is one of the most interesting and I receive so much leadership and reading encouragement from your blog. Thanks for knwoing how to do this so well …. keep up the GREAT work. Jim

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your kind words, Jim.

  • http://mosaicmercy.com David Knapp

    I hope I can one day get one of those milkengine designs. Every site I see that uses them have a nice looking site.

    See you next year.
    My recent post Are You Introverted Or Extroverted?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Yep, they are great at what they do!

  • TomKinsfather

    Yikes, you scared me. I just found this great blog. Can’t wait for the new cheese.

  • http://twitter.com/sarnaa @sarnaa

    Fantastic! I can't wait to see your new site and I look forward to reading the leadership posts. Good work Michael.

    Ha. Great attention grabbing headline too.

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  • http://www.amyeslater.com Amy

    Looking forward to your new blog and your upcoming posts on leadership!
    My recent post Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

  • Aaron C

    You scared me! I appreciate your blog. It has helped my own personal productivity and inspired me to grow as a husband, father, worker, and Christian. Merry Christmas!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/clayhebert clayhebert

    Thanks for the mild heart attack, Mike. You win the link-bait award for 2009. Needless to say, I'm thrilled that it was just a 'chancer'.

    I look forward to the redesign and more wisdom in 2010.

    Happy holidays to you, Gail and the whole family.

    Keep leading.
    My recent post If you only read one thing this month…

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I had to have some way to drive traffic today to make up for several days of going dark! ;-)

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  • http://www.simpleitalliance.com Matt Martin

    What's the first rule of a good blog post? Have a great title!

    Great to hear about the redesign, looking forward to the new series!!
    My recent post Google set to change the phone market.. And it won't cost you a penny.

  • http://twitter.com/ericafaraone @ericafaraone

    You about gave me a heart attack. I saw your tweet while finishing up breakfast with a friend & as soon as I got home, I had to look this up! Your shocking statement made me realize you are indeed my blog hero and I was surprised by how sad I was and what a huge gap was about to be left in my online life. I wondered if after all this time, you just got tired of the blogging pace (which I would find discouraging because I just started.) I've never posted a comment before, but had to tell you to never doubt you make a difference in people's lives. You make a very positive difference in mine! Thanks for only taking a re-design break. Whew! :-)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Erica. I appreciate your encouragement. It's because of feedback like this that I stay at it!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/stringo0 Suraj Reddy

    Sounds like a plan :)

  • http://chadmbarrett.com Chad Barrett

    Michael – That was too scary. This is one of my favorite blogs. I look forward to your series on leadership and to see your re-designed site.

  • http://wisewomenwrite.com Diane Owens

    Just goes to show us all that you can always work on polishing up an already great blog. Thanks for the encouragement and example. Can't wait to see it!

    Blessings to you, Gail, and all your girls this Christmas!
    Diane
    My recent post My Biggest Fear

  • http://wisewomenwrite.com Diane Owens

    Just goes to show us all that you can always work on polishing up an already great blog. Thanks for the encouragement and example. Can't wait to see it!

    Blessings to you, Gail, and all your girls this Christmas!
    Diane
    My recent post My Biggest Fear

  • Bethany

    Michael, Thanks for warning us. And thank you for all that you share and give through your blog. It means a lot to have a leader such as you giving selflessly to others. Have a Blessed Christmas!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/patriciazell patriciazell

    My first reaction was "Oh,no–I'll miss him so much!" And, what a relief when I clicked on the link and saw the close-down is temporary. I have enjoyed and am thoroughly enjoying being able to participate in your conversations. I know I needed some direction in my writing and you have given it to me. I have found great satisfaction in writing my book online–breaking it down into posts has made it doable.

    So, I'll "see" you next week–be sure to have a wonderful celebration of Christ's birth. Give my best to your family. And, remember that God's love is absolute–perfect, complete, and real!

    My recent post #23 UNDERSTANDING CHRIST: HIS WALK ON EARTH

  • http://pastorhenry.blogspot.com Henry Haney

    Can't wait to see the new blog, especially the leadership stuff. Merry Christmas!
    My recent post "Oh what a weariness!"

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Peter_P Peter_P

    This will be a good opportunity for you to do a post like yesterday's about what effect taking your blog down has on your blog stats, twitter growth etc.

    I'd be very interested to see what effect it has!
    My recent post Angels with Bolt Cutters

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/brianfalexander Brian Alexander

    I got scared when I saw the title, but i'm excited about the change. Any chance that we can get a sneak peek?

  • http://wordsharpeners.wordpress.com Tamera Kraft

    Tricky Headline to get us to look. ;)
    My recent post Merry Christmas!

  • http://www.twitter.com/danieldecker Daniel Decker

    John is a WordPress Ninja. Thankful God has him using his talents for us and the church.

  • http://forrest-long.blogspot.com Forrest Long

    Looking forward to what will be new. My blog (forrest-long.blogspot.com) will be quiet over Christmas. Going to WV. to visit my son and his wife and leaving the laptop home. Wondering if I will go into withdrawl. Merry Christmas, Blessed Nativity!

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  • http://twitter.com/back40life @back40life

    what a teaser! looking forward to the new look!
    My recent post what a face

  • http://www.ribeezie.com Ricardo Bueno

    Michael: congratulations on the new redesign!! Look forward to seeing the new digs and especially to reading the content :-D
    My recent post The Future of Work

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/fmckinnon fmckinnon

    Michael,
    Phew, thought we were losing a great blog! Look forward to the relaunch, you can't find a better partner than John S.

    I hope we can connect some at re:create in Feb … last year we said "hello", but now I feel like I "know" you a ton more after reading your stuff all year!

    For the Kingdom,
    Fred

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I am really looking forward to re:create. It is one of my very favorite conferences!

  • Becky Miller

    Woo, I had a minor freak out there…this is one of my favorite blogs! I ran my first half marathon in October because of your blog.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Wow. Now THAT's encouraging. I love getting people to run.

  • Terry Keiper

    Glad the blog shutdown is only temporary, Michael! After meeting you at the Owen School last month when you presented your Social Media talk your blog has become a real favorite of mine and several others I’ve told about it. Keep up the good work!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Terry. Good to meet you, too. I hope 2010 is a banner year for you!

  • http://www.ardyssamerica.net Steve Martinez

    Why do you pay someone to coach you?
    Merry Christmas.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      The same reason professional athletes pay: a good coach can see thing you don't see and help you make huge improvements in your performance.

  • fgustafson

    Michael… You scared me there for a sec!!

  • @LaureeAshcom

    you so funny. i came prepared to ask you not to close your blog… you got my attention.

  • Carrie Roberts

    Michael, I just want to tell you that your blog has been the catalyst for a lot of movement within my small company. I love the tips you provide, the continuity of almost daily blog posts, and the thoroughness of the content. I have been moved to integrate technology and social media in all aspects of my work. Thank you so much for this resource. I can't wait to see your new blog next week. Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas.

  • http://amothersangst.blogspot.com Fran

    I'm excited for you! I've enjoyed (and benefited from) your posts and I'm looking forward to the updated format / new content. And of course – I'm also anticipating continued personal development. Thanks for sharing!
    My recent post It's a Matter of Perspective … and Discernment

  • http://www.justsaytheword.wordpress.com nAncY

    i like to see new designs!
    cool…

  • thelmabowlen

    I was sad when I saw your tweet! I thought, "Why would he do such a thing?" Glad it's only temporary, Mr. Hyatt. :D

  • Mark

    So what was the new design?

    Mark

    http://www.seocompany.ie