Monday, March 14, 2016

Goodbye to Blogging


And everything that seemed possible at twenty-four, twenty-five, is now just such a joke, such a ridiculous fiction, every birthday an atrocity.
    -Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Today is my 60th birthday. It’s also the end of my blogging here on the Business Law Prof Blog.

No, we don’t have a mandatory retirement program. I’ve just run out of interesting things to say. (Some of you would say that happened months ago.)

Having interesting things to say is not a requirement for blogging. The blogosphere is filled with writers who keep churning away even though they haven’t had a fresh thought in years. But I’m not motivated solely by the sound of my own voice. I don’t want to keep writing if I’m not contributing anything worthwhile. I’m stepping aside to make room for those younger than me with fresher ideas.

Thank you to my co-bloggers, all of whom are younger than me and have fresher ideas: Ann, Anne, Haskell, Joan, Josh, Marcia, and Stefan. They always have interesting things to say and I’ve learned a lot from them, both on and off the blog. I will continue to read their thoughtful posts, even though I won’t be contributing myself.

Thanks also to my readers, especially those of you who commented on what I wrote. I appreciate your attention to what I had to say. I learned from your comments, even when I didn’t agree with you. “The vanity of teaching often tempteth a man to forget he is a blockhead.” (George Savile) You let me know when I was a being a blockhead.

I hope I’ve kept you informed, entertained, and amused.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.
    -Scott Beach


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Thanks for your insight, wit, and thoughtfulness, Steve. I have learned a lot from you, and I will miss having you on the the Blog. Good wishes go with you, and Happy Birthday! I hope it's great.

Posted by: Joshua Fershee | Mar 14, 2016 9:13:37 AM

Thanks, Josh.

Posted by: Steve Bradford | Mar 14, 2016 9:15:25 AM

I echo Josh's thanks. I have learned a great deal from all of our internal e-mails and from reading your work. Hard to believe we have only met in person once (briefly at University of Colorado), and I still need to meet Stefan in person, but I think we have formed some nice bonds on the blog. Thanks again for your advice and leadership on and off the blog.

Posted by: Haskell Murray | Mar 14, 2016 11:27:26 AM

Thanks, Haskell.

Posted by: Steve Bradford | Mar 14, 2016 11:28:11 AM

Steve, I'm so sorry to see you go - I too will miss your extremely informative posts (which I have bookmarked and use in my teaching). Have a great birthday!!

Posted by: Ann Lipton | Mar 14, 2016 2:12:47 PM

Thanks, Ann.

Posted by: Steve Bradford | Mar 15, 2016 6:28:16 AM

Happy birthday! Your insuppressible self-deprecating humor will be sorely missed!

Posted by: Mohsen Manesh | Mar 15, 2016 11:01:09 AM

Thanks, Mohsen. But that wasn't self-deprecating humor. That was just me being stupid.

Posted by: Steve Bradford | Mar 15, 2016 11:03:32 AM

Thanks for being a part of this blog, Steve. It has been a pleasure getting to know you a bit better, and I wish you all the best going forward. Hopefully, we'll have some opportunities to connect down the road. As for this post, it contains at least 2-3 wonderfully Tweetable quotes -- and you know how much I appreciate Tweetable quotes (for better or worse) -- so, thanks for that as well :)

Posted by: Stefan Padfield | Mar 17, 2016 7:18:29 AM

Thanks, Stefan. It's been a pleasure. And I'm glad I could supply some Tweetable quotes.

Posted by: Steve Bradford | Mar 17, 2016 7:38:03 AM

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