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 Minor hiatuses
With the exception of its early years, the first time Homestar Runner went on a hiatus of at least a month was December 2005/January 2006, starting with the release of the Strong Bad Email portrait and ending with the release of the Strong Bad Email highschool.
Homestar Runner again went on hiatus in May/June 2006, after the release of the Strong Bad Email isp. This was due to the birth of a baby to Mike Chapman and Missy Palmer. This hiatus ended with Weclome Back, which also explained what the Homestar Runner characters were up to during that time.
The next hiatus was in December 2006/January 2007, between the releases of Decemberween Short Shorts and looking old, and in July 2007, Matt and Jackie Chapman also gave birth to a baby and stated that Homestar Runner would be taking a break for this reason, although Where's an Egg? was released shortly after this announcement. The next hiatus was in December 2008/January 2009, between the releases of A Death-Defying Decemberween and Hremail 62.
 Strong Bad Emails
The first long Strong Bad Email hiatus was in between email thunder and hremail3184, lasting 280 days (nine months and one week). It was the longest Sbemail gap at the time, and for a while afterwards, one Strong Bad Email came out each month. The last Strong Bad Email, videography, came out on October 5, 2009, and it was the longest Strong Bad Email gap in the history of the site (over 5 years).
During the hiatus, The Brothers Chaps released drafts for the email that eventually became geddup noise, as well as a calendar that documents the release dates of all Strong Bad Emails and shows an image and a quote from selected emails. In addition, Matt Chapman revealed on his former Twitter page a partial image of scripting for Sbemail 206, which he claimed will be released "when you least expect it".
On April 1, 2015, the hiatus officially ended with the release of the email sbemail206, but there have been no emails since.
During 2010, after the April Fools' Day toon Xeriouxly Forxe was released, the first major update in nearly five months, barely any material was produced on the website. Most of the notices presented on the main page were Store offers. This may be because of a new baby in the family, as noted on the FeedBurner page, and the possibility they were busy working on a different project. For the first time in the site's history, no Halloween cartoon was produced in 2010.
After over seven months of no updates, on November 22, Poker Night at the Inventory was released. On December 14, 2010, A Decemberween Mackerel was released, temporarily ending the hiatus. This was shortly followed by Which Ween Costumes? on December 22.
 2011 - 2016
Following the holiday break into the new year, the site was back on hiatus. The only character appearance during 2011 was Puppet Strong Bad appearing at an Aquabats concert in January. Since then, the last site update was a Store offer.
In September, Matt created a Twitter account called @ronginald in which he stated that Homestar Runner would sooner be updated "sporadically and without warning", and that he works for the Nickelodeon program Yo Gabba Gabba, for which he had previously created an animated segment.
December 22, 2011, marked the first time in the site's history that an entire year passed with no new content. On February 27, 2012, Matt posted an out-of-focus image of the apparent script for Strong Bad Email 206 on his Twitter account with the message "Someday, when you least expect it...". He also stated that he works for The Aquabats! Super Show, which, incidentally, was created by the creators of Yo Gabba Gabba, as well as the Disney cartoon Gravity Falls. In January 2013, Matt deleted his Twitter account.
Strong Bad and Homestar Runner made a surprise appearance at W00tstock 5.0 in July 2013, and the Decemberween greeting cards returned to the store around November 23, 2013.
The hiatus was briefly interrupted on April 1, 2014 with April Fools' 2014. At the end of that toon, Strong Bad and Homestar Runner discuss the possibility of there being a substantial amount of time before the next update. This toon replaced the normal welcome screen and remained in place until July.
In July, Matt stated in an interview that he planned to update the website again later in the year, which proved to be true with the release of Fish Eye Lens in October and the confirmation of the legitimacy of the @StrongBadActual Twitter account. I Killed Pom Pom, a Halloween toon, was also released at the end of the month, making 2014 the first year since 2009 to feature a full-length Halloween toon. However, there were no more major updates until April 2015, when sbemail206 was released after a five-year wait; shortly before, the Store was redesigned and switched to a different website, and the NavBar was updated. Record Store Day was released shortly after.
There was nothing added nor changed until a 4-month hiatus was ended by Flash is Dead!. A new Halloween toon was released a month after Strong Bad Classics!, followed by Fan Costumes 2015, the first Fan Costumes toon since 2009. There were no more major updates until Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 17.2 on April Fools' Day 2016, which was the first true Marzipan's Answering Machine since 2009. On August 7th, 2016, two main page messages were added: one advertising a new Brainkreig shirt, the other advertising the Homestar Runner 20th Anniversary Live Show with its own dedicated page.