Farewell, For Now
On January 16, 2006, I became a guest blogger here at Concurring Opinions. The temporary gig was a great deal of fun but when I was invited to join permanently, I wondered whether I would be able to generate content on a regular basis. The answer, it turned out, was yes and no. I’ve been a binge/purge blogger ever since, cycling between periods of prolific writing and radio silence. I’m sure I could find many explanations for this style, but one of them is the nature of my work life. Helping to start a new law school turns out to be quite time (and mind) consuming.
The good news is that Drexel University College of Law is entering its second year in great shape. We have a fabulous group of new faculty and a remarkably strong entering class. On the other hand, as our Dean Roger Dennis likes to say, we’re building the plane while we fly it. Much remains to be done – and everyone on the faculty is a part of that construction project. All of which is to say: it’s time for me to leave blogging, for now at least.
Concurring Opinions has been an entree to a wonderful community of writers and readers. My co-bloggers are a great bunch of lawprawfs. I’ve particularly appreciated the regular readers – including those critics who think that I’m part of a vast left-wing conspiracy. And I am going to miss wading into debates that are well over my head.
What’s next? Plenty of mundane stuff, I suspect. I’ll be busy with hiring again this year; Drexel will be actively recruiting the next wave of faculty. And then there’s scholarship and teaching. At the same time, I hope to begin imagining fresh ways of cultivating virtual conversation and community. So to make this ending point also a starting point, I’d love to hear what others see as the New New Thing.