I turned the blog off for a bit while I stuck my big toe in some new professional waters. That adventure didn't pan out, but I suppose it was good to stretch myself a bit and think a bit more about where I am and where I'm going.
The process was ridiculously long, but I feel relatively good about how I handled it all. I'm a bit annoyed at the investment of time and energy that has ultimately lead to naught, especially when I know that I am a really good candidate for this particular position, but I'm also a bit relieved that I don't have to make a big decision. As a friend said, "at least you didn't quit your day job." Indeed.
I will continue on as chair for another year and then I will happily go on sabbatical and come back a year after that as just a plain old professor of history. And it will all be good.