My own sporadic participation over the last year can be partially chalked up to some serious settling-in/nesting with a certain dashing someone 1,500 miles and one timezone away from where I first stumbled onto this site, but mostly it has been an exercise in self-censorship. I basically got to the point where I no longer liked how I "sounded" and came to the conclusion that some disengagement was in order.
That said, I've always kept SF in my peripheral vision, peeking over here and there, if for no other reason, to reassure myself that things were continuing apace.
It would be easy to say that I'm here posting now thanks to the extra free time that accompanies a welcome -- if involuntary -- unemployment. To be honest, though, SF and its denizens have been popping into my consciousness quite a bit recently.
Maybe I'm just now getting over my election hangover. Perhaps the desire to (re-)engage comes from my activist side getting a jolt from Prop. 8...Rick Warren...the still-unfolding Anglican schism, etc., etc. Maybe I'm simply feeling more social.
Whatever it is, I welcome it because this is a moment too preganant with possibility not to be in the conversation.