The manuscript for The Last Roman is now happily in the hands of my publishers. The original intention of the blog was to keep track of my thoughts and references as I was writing the book. I wanted to see whether a blog was a help or a hindrance to the process.
I have been surprised how useful it has been both to help organise my thoughts and as a place to explore the distractions you inevitably come across as you write; those that are not appropriate for the final draft for reasons of space or relevance. A happy-side effect I had not anticipated has been the number of professionals in the field I have had the pleasure of meeting through the blog.
Blogging has been a curious process. An old friend had been encouraging me to start for years and I am pleased that he did so, indeed wish I had listened to him long ago. David Meadows has posted on and off (see here as well) about how best to blog and he is right. When blogging become folded into your normal daily routine, it become much easier, especially so if you are an early riser.
The question is what to do next. Bread and Circuses is likely to change its focus slightly. I am working on a number of classically-oriented projects and the blog will begin to reflect those research interests, though I shall continue to post about late antiquity, the Emperor Julian and Teutoburg Forest whenever I see something of relevance.