It seems he was serious.
It's now been a whole month and a half since the last post went up on Alec Soth's great blog. The final entry read in part:
I’m hitting the road and hanging up the blog. ...send me a letter—I’m sick of email.
It's not like he doesn't have other things to do—he's got an actual career as a photographer going on, after all, and I suppose that can be allowed to take precedence. I have to admit I've come close a time or three to taking a job selling cars and hanging up the whole blog schtick myself. It's not good making $4.76 at a time.
(Argh! Digression again! What is wrong with me?)
Soth's blog was a great melding of art and poetry, an oasis of calm and good temperament. It shall be missed. I hope it's not gone for good, but 'til such time as it might return, R.I.P.
Devendra Banhart (or Alec Soth) by Lauren Dukoff
(Note: This is a pretty arcane connection—and an even more arcane joke—if you haven't been reading Alec's blog. Just so you won't be mystified, the last link will take you to an entry in which he names various people that people tell him he looks like, the last of whom is "psychadelic folkie" Banhart, who he calls his "bizarro doppelgänger." Given the outlandish picture above, which I found on Banhart's website, no argument here with the "bizarro" part! —Mike)