ALTHOUGH SIGnature has taken a few unannounced breaks along the way, this time it seemed prudent to say a formal au revoir, if not a full-on goodbye.
There are literally thousands of famous quotations about time’s remorseless passage, but near the top of my list is “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.” Bil Keane, the American cartoonist who created “The Family Circus,” said that. I heard it as a child, and it stuck with me.
The increments of time that make up a life are all about a balanced allocation. That’s what people who manage to achieve such a balance say, anyway; in the past, balance has typically eluded me. There is, of course, never enough time, nor do I truely think there ever will be.
But these days I’m stretched thinner than usual: With two personal blogs, SIGnature and Sig’s ZZP Blog (for my children’s-media brand, Zach, Zoey and Pilot); two digital platforms to edit, Mechanics of Style and New Face of Tradition; three books looming on the horizon; the rest of my assignments; and, of course, a family that often doesn’t recognize me, the fact is something does have to give — and SIGnature is it.
In many ways Mechanics of Style replaced the original mission of SIGnature. That’s the moment when SIGnature became more personal, I suppose. But there are elements of each that cross-pollinate the other, and if you want to know more about men’s luxury, MoS is an exceptional resource, if I do say so myself.
Over the time I’ve been blogging, I’ve also become quite the tweeter, the Twitterer — whatever, I’m on Twitter, so if you find yourself missing my more personal musings, follow me there @SigNYC.
I haven’t a clue how long SIGnature will be on break. No doubt I’ll post items sporadically when inspiration strikes: an event picture in which I don’t look especially chubby, say, or the announcement of a new book or other auspicious project.
Lastly, though, and most importantly, I want to say thank you. Tens of thousands of you have read SIGnature regularly over the past three and a half years, and I greatly appreciate that. Writing for media outlets such as Time Inc., Playboy and Autoweek, knowing that millions of readers will peruse my pieces, is a much more detached experience — a job like any other, in fact. SIGnature was a fleeting glimpse into my life and my interests, and I humbly thank you for sharing it with me.