That is all that I have to say about that.
Explanation: I am entering my pre-tenure year for my University (academic) appointment. In light of recent events in the medical blogosphere, I have decided that a blog is just not worth the risk at this point in my career. Put simply: I would hate for something that I have written to be discovered and affect my tenure application. I'm fairly confident that I haven't written anything that would have such an effect but it's just not worth such a potentially awful outcome. I'll still be reading your blogs and may return post-tenure. Until then: it's been fun. Keep well.
An update based on responses here, in email and in other unnamed places (and because I think it important that medical bloggers understand this a little more - as if Flea didn't teach us enough): Pieces of Mind has said it much better than I could ever hope to do here.
I have always followed her first rule, even before she wrote it (I'm not sure about her second rule simply because there can be so many arguments made about what 'being accountable' means).
For me the importance lies in these three quotes from her blog about the meaning/value of words:
Various bloggers have gotten into trouble or been fired - in some cases over the content of their blog, in other cases over the mere fact that they have a blog.
Words have power. They also can cause hurt and damage every bit as painful as sticks and stones.
Don't think for a New York minute that words are any less real because they happen to reside in the shifting, formless ether of the Internet. Don't think you won't be held responsible if your words somehow come back to bite you.
I will admit that I feel beaten into submission as I close my blog, but I am (potentially) avoiding the sticks and stones that will bury me and my career. That's the most important thing.