Friday, February 28, 2014

Secunda Out: Departing Workplace Prof Blog

PaulSecundaAlthough I stopped blogging one time before about five years ago, and of course restarted a number of months later, I have decide once and for all to take a permanent vacation from blogging.  Today is my last day on the "job." 

There are a number of reasons which led to this decision (as there always are with a decision such as this one), but none have anything to do with my wonderful co-bloggers, Rick, Jeff, Marcia, and Charlie.  They have been supportive colleagues throughout this adventure together and I thank each of them for providing some of the best blogging content around to the labor and employment law community.

No, for me, it is simply just time to move on to a new phase of my legal and academic career. I no longer have the time or energy to do the numerous posts a week that a blog such as this demands.  It's hard to believe, but I have been blogging for almost ten years now (Rick and I started blogging together in the fall of 2004).  I still enjoy learning about labor and employment law developments, new papers, conferences, and faculty news from all of you, and I love the great virtual community we have built together through this blog.  But now I will become, like the rest of you, solely a reader (and sometime commenter). 

If you have the inclination, you will still be able to find some commentary and other such stuff from me concerning labor and employment law on my Twitter feed (@psecundawrkprof).

In the meantime, my four co-bloggers will "labor" on and continue to provide the top-notch news and analysis you have come to expect from this platform.  And I suspect that there will be opportunities as well for new voices to emerge on this blog.  Please note that a new Twitter Feed has been started for this blog - @WorkProfBlog - and I hope you will consider following it.

I look forward to continuing interacting with many of you by email, during conferences, and in other assorted venues.  Thank you for making my time as a blogger here at Workplace Prof Blog so much fun. 

To quote Garrison Keillor: "Be well, do good work, and keep in touch."


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At BenefitsLink we've loved being able to link readers to many of your articles about employee benefits, Paul --

Thanks for everything you've contributed so far to the community! Here's hoping you enjoy the ability to spend more quiet time pondering trends and policies, and I know your upcoming comments will be important and productive.

Posted by: Dave Baker | Feb 28, 2014 7:48:43 AM

I am sure I speak for many of the Blog's readers when I offer a heartfelt thank you to you, Paul, for all the work you've put into this over the years. We have benefited enormously from your insight and energy and look forward to enjoying the fruits of your "Labor labors" in other settings. Enjoy the well-deserved change of pace!

Posted by: Michael Fischl | Feb 28, 2014 8:05:45 AM

Paul, along with Rick, helped pull me into this blog, for which all always be grateful. I'll definitely miss all of his commentary--especially those years when he seemed to write a post every minute! Of course, now he'll have more time to devote to our co-authored projects, right Paul?

And of you ever change your mind, you'll always be welcome back.

Posted by: Jeff Hirsch | Feb 28, 2014 12:48:26 PM

Paul - Thank you for all your wonderful work on this blog! I started at Nebraska at the same time that you started the blog, so it has always been an important part of how I kept up on things in this area! I have truly appreciated all of your hard work (and I know how much work goes into this venture) and dedication, as well as your willingness to use the blog to celebrate your labor and employment colleagues. Enjoy the break - I am looking forward to seeing what great things you do next!

Posted by: Richard Moberly | Mar 1, 2014 5:37:40 AM

Thank you, Paul, for enriching the practice of law, as well as the body of scholarship about the law. You are now the best argument I can think of for joining Twitter. Bon voyage on your new ventures.

Posted by: Jonathan R. Harkavy | Mar 1, 2014 10:02:49 AM

Paul, well done, and thank you. Among your many contributions here, you have helped to foster a spirit of generosity to colleagues who are attempting to share their work with broader audiences. I am one of many who have benefited from such courtesies and kindnesses. Thus, in addition to being a productive scholar and teacher in your own right, you have shown yourself to be a wonderful academic citizen.

David Yamada

Posted by: David Yamada | Mar 1, 2014 3:20:09 PM

Paul is better than just about anyone in our field at reaching out to new folks, getting to know them, and connecting them with others, and given how collegial our field is, that is really saying something. He [tricked me into] gave me a chance to start blogging, and along with Rick and Jeff, made it easy and fun. Thanks, Paul. Don't be a stranger!

Posted by: Marcia | Mar 2, 2014 6:32:56 PM

You are correct Marcia! I am one of the new folks eternally grateful for the advice Paul has provided to me relative to my career. Paul, I wish you much success in your re-focused ventures, and I look forward to continuing to follow your tweets!

Posted by: Kendall Isaac | Mar 3, 2014 1:29:27 PM

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