I guess every blogger uses it sooner or later: the excuse that explains why it took some time to write a new item. I prefer to just point you to this item, which describes many credible (“I was busy”, “Traveled abroad”, “Caught the flue”) – and less credible (“I forgot my password”) – excuses. Noteworthy are also the comments, that contain many additional resorts, including the very useful “I got a life” and, of course, “Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I was attacked by a press gang. I managed to escape when a pirate crew ransacked the cruiser we were on and set me adrift. I floated for days before coming back ashore.” Any other, even better suggestions?