I’m Now Officially an Ex-Blogger

I wanted to wait a day or two with this to avoid being in the embarrassing situation of posting a serious post right after announcing my exit. But I’m dropping off the blogosphere, entirely. I’ll keep reading a few blogs, comprising a subset of my current blogroll, but I’ll probably not comment except by email, and certainly not keep posting here or on Appletree.

The one exception is that I committed to hosting the Carnival of the Godless here on April 1st, and I intend to stick to that commitment. So this is actually my penultimate post.

Everything I said in my almost-exit post still holds, except that this is final. I’ve gotten my book count from 6 to 9 since I last complained about not reading, and frankly those last four days have felt so good, so relaxing, that I almost feel dumb for not having quit earlier. I’m not going to Yearly Kos or any other blog-based event, unless it’s non-boring (i.e. unless it shows me the back of my own ear).

If you still think I post good stuff and should stay, there are other places for you. The big one is of course Majikthise, hands down the best blog on the sphere, with a blogger who’s one of the few people who have made me feel dumb in comparison. 3QD similarly has highly intellectual posts about every issue known to (wo)man. But other than that, the treasures are among the small players.

- A short list of global injustices includes slavery, genocide, malnutrition, gaming consoles, and the fact that Stentor’s Debitage isn’t getting more traffic (recent highlight: conservative moral relativism).

- Lynet’s Elliptica is a lot like this place, only without the news-related rants you can get off Google News and the bitter impatience (recent highlight: laughing at Luskin).

- If you know Feministing, think of Bean’s A Bird and a Bottle as like Feministing, only fluffless, incisive, and massively underrated. As an added bonus, Bean is the only blogger I know who talks about the Abu Ghraib-style abuses occurring in domestic US prisons (recent highlight: girls in custody).

- The anti-fundamentalist, anti-stupid posts on Skatje’s Lacrimae Rerum are a gem, and the longish comment threads tend to only generate more gems. Plus, Skatje’s a conlanger, so it’s even better (recent highlight: a tragedy in one act).

- Tyler DiPietro’s Growth Rate n lg n is what I strived to be back when I was blogging on UTI (recent highlight: John Hawkins and the predictability of recurrences).

- Jessica and Jenny claim to be Just Dreadful, but in fact they show how spontaneous feminist blogging should look like (recent highlights: Jenny on the Phoenix New Times and Jessica on a failed abortion and an undiagnosed pregnancy).

- Bruce’s Crablaw is how (soft-core) libertarianism should be: focused on reckless government waste, investment in the future, and stupid restrictions on personal habits (recent highlight: Maryland’s truck nuts bill).

- Katie is more than just a Liberal Debutante – she’s a burgeoning ecology/feminism/science blogger who’s not delusionally infatuated with any of the three and who’s about to start doing some serious paleontology blogging (recent highlight: Guatemala sinkage).

- The East Asian blogging and the simple explanations of arguments I intended to engage in can be found on Battlepanda (recent highlight: Gore the energy hog).

- In my almost 7 months of blogging, I didn’t nearly link to Eteraz and its highly reflective posts about Islam and Middle Eastern politics as much as I should have (recent highlight: the future of Islamic theocracy and political liberalism).

- If you think liberals are historically ignorant and therefore need to be softer toward fundamentalists, give Accidental Blogger Ruchira ten minutes to set you straight (recent highlight: informed choice or Dawkins’ deluded?).

36 Responses to I’m Now Officially an Ex-Blogger

  1. muppt says:

    Wikipedia convention in Frankfurt, Germany

  2. Ruchira Paul says:

    Alon,
    I have known (?) you only for a short while although I did encounter you once long ago at another blog. I am very impressed by your insights and I am not going to qualify that by “for someone so young.” My admiration is independent of ageism.

    I will miss your commentary on various subjects. But I understand fully why you made your decision. I am feeling a bit that way even though I have much more time on my hands. I am not terribly wired in to the blogosphere although much more so than are my contemporaries. My age makes me a bit of an oddity as a blogger but it also provides me with a longer perspective of things. I have not yet made up my mind whether I should stop or just slow down. Either way, my only reason will be the time away from books.

    I understand that you will not be commenting at other blogs either. I might send you an email or two from time to time to draw your attention to one of my own or others posts that catch my eye. All best.

  3. Bruce says:

    I respect your decision, That said, damn. But business is, I guess, business.

    Thank you kindly for the links.

  4. Shelley says:

    Alon-
    I’ve truly enjoyed your posts and your comments on Retro. Read those books and live life well. You’ll be missed.

    Best wishes
    Shelley

  5. Foxy says:

    Best wishes indeed.

    Alon Levy, I salute you.

    – Foxy

  6. Phil says:

    What if mathematicians (or whatever academics) of the future are expected to ‘blog or perish’ just like they ‘publish or perish’ today. Perhaps it would be better if that were true.

  7. Tyler DiPietro says:

    Well, guess that’s it. I’ll miss you, Alon. Take care in meatspace for me.

  8. SLC says:

    I will certainly miss Mr. Levys’ Israel bashing screeds. However, Matt Yglisias’ blog certainly has a number of Israel bashers, some even more acerbic then Mr. Levy so we’ll have to hang out over there.

    http://www.matthewyglesias.com/

  9. Tim Bailey says:

    Well, adios, I guess. We haven’t heard the last of Alon Levy, I’m sure. Take care.

  10. Keep in touch, then, Alon. I hope you make time to organize your thoughts and make them available in some forum at some point.

    You will be missed.

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  12. rod. says:

    I will miss your insightful, “merciless” and “to-the-point” analyses.

    I suppose it won’t take long until you’re a published author, so I am glad that I will likely have the chance to read your texts again.

    Take care & Have fun!

    rod.

    PS: if you miss writing about math, I am always looking for math-oriented co-authors for my blog! ;-) Think about it… eh he

  13. bean says:

    Thanks for the link — and kudos — Alon. The blogosphere will miss you, but I hope you will continue to comment and read.

  14. Roy says:

    Best wishes Alon- I have you to thank for for quite a few of the blogs I read, now, actually.

    Good luck with your book.

  15. Alon Levy says:

    Jenny, right now I’m organizing them in fiction. I have a better nonfiction voice, but there I’m competing against too many good authors to be able to collect my political ideas into a publishable book.

    Bean, I’m certainly going to keep reading. I’ll probably comment less if only because there’s no point in blogwhoring on Pandagon and Feministing, but I’m certainly not going to keep my mouth shut if I have something worthwhile to say on a good post.

    Rod, “Won’t take long” is a relative term. I’d rather have the thing out before the Iowa caucuses, which, given that I haven’t even submitted any queries yet, is about as realistic as expecting to get tenure at Harvard when I’m 24.

  16. Ran Halprin says:

    Good luck, perhaps we shall meet in the academisphere… Meanwhile, don’t forget not 2 fall for propaganda ;)

  17. Seems like Tyler DiPietro also has quit, and deleted his blog while doing so.
    It’s your choice Tyler, but it’s not very nice to those of us who have linked to specific posts of yours.

  18. Tyler DiPietro says:

    Seems like Tyler DiPietro also has quit, and deleted his blog while doing so.

    Blogging incessantly was becomming a distraction from my other responsibilities and to be perfectly honest I feel as though I’ve lost my enthusiasm for it. The quality of my posts was decaying rapidly, as was my already small readership along with it. I deleted the blog to remove any incentive to post. And to be honest, I didn’t get that many links, or readers, and only had about 4 months worth of content. I didn’t think it all that consequential.

    It’s your choice Tyler, but it’s not very nice to those of us who have linked to specific posts of yours.

    I apologize if that’s the case and I’ve frustrated you (or anyone, for that matter), but it’s for personal reasons I’m leaving the blogosphere and ultimately just decided to get rid of the damn thing. I have things I have to sort out in meatspace. I may group blog some time in the (distant, at this point) future, but I’m probably never going back to straight up solo-blogging.

  19. eteraz says:

    You will be missed Alon.

    Stop by from time to time.

  20. I just stumbled here from the Atheist Blogroll. So sad… Wish I would have gotten a chance to know ya!

    All I have to say is I love your header. So simple, yet geeky. :P

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