DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL — namely, the gradual but enormous shift from blogging as a means of online interaction back it the Aughts towards social media, and especially Twitter for reactions to live events — it makes no sense except for tradition itself to continue live-blogging the Spelling Bee at this site in 2018. I wrestled with this decision last year, and you persuaded me to try it here one last time, but I fear that we've finally reached an inevitable transition point after fifeen wonderful years of creating our annual spelling brigadoon.
So I'll try using #alott5mabee for my subsequent tweets, and you can see my thoughts about the new RSVBee procedure here. If I have something long-form to write, I will do it here.
And no one's doing a schuhplattler over this news.