This blog has been inactive for several months for good reason. The demands of job-hunting while working full-time, impending fatherhood and various family responsibilities made it necessary for me to put blogging on hiatus as I concentrate on these things.
Good news: I have found a great job! Not an easy feat in today’s state of the economy. Bad news: I don’t foresee the demands on my time disappearing anytime soon. Fatherhood brings with it new challenges and demands on my time that I honestly cannot juggle being a regular blogger with my offline life anymore.
So after much thought and deliberation, I have decided to retire my online persona the Liberal Arts Dude and to retire from active blogging.
It has been an excellent more than six-year run as a blogger starting with my first blog, the Liberal Arts Grad Blog and continuing on to politics and culture with An Ordinary Person. Along the way I’ve met and became friends with awesome bloggers such as The Hankster, D.Eris, The Angry Independent and became a semi-regular conributor to their blogs at some point. I am deeply grateful to them for allowing me the space and permission to contribute to their blogs, the opportunity to develop my writing skills, hone my personal political philosophy and be part of online activist communities.
If there is an opportunity to be a blogger again — and I am not one to say it will never happen again — who knows. But I see myself concentrating on job, family and career-related activities the next few years in the future.
So to the remaining readers of this blog, farewell and thanks for reading. I appreciate your patience in allowing me the opportunity to contribute my brain droppings to the Internets. To my blogger friends, keep on doing the great things you are doing online and realizing the potential of new media to educate and inform people with new and important perspectives that you do not often get from mainstream media sources.
This is the Liberal Arts Dude signing out — keep on rocking!
(the devil horns rocker emoticon if you are wondering what on earth this means)
Due to many things happening in my off-line life keeping me busy, I am putting blogging on hold. I’ll start posting again eventually but for right now these offline activities take priority. Who knows, if inspiration strikes I might post something. But I am taking a break from blogging.
This blog is officially on hiatus for the time being.
I got an email from the Sunlight Foundation notifying me about an important new legislation that concerns government transparency and which has far-reaching effects if implemented, the Public Online Information Act. This legislation has such a wide scope and significant implications for bloggers, citizen journalists, activists, and engaged citizens who care about quality, timely information from the government that I am blogging about it to spread the word.
I recently got a chance to exchange emails with Drew Scholtens, Chairman of the Georgia Modern Whig Party and member of the Modern Whigs National Executive Committee. The Modern Whigs is a revival of the previously defunct political party which was last active in the 1800s. Prominent Whigs included Abraham Lincoln, John Quincy Adams, and Millard Filmore.
From their web site:
Established in 1833, the Whigs are one of America’s oldest mainstream political parties. We were the original party of Abraham Lincoln and four other U.S. Presidents. Revived by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the grassroots movement has quickly [attracted] new members. We represent the moderate voters from all walks of life who cherry-pick between traditional Republican or Democratic ideals in what has been called the Modern Whig Philosophy. This Washington DC-based national movement values common sense, rational solutions ahead of ideology and partisan bickering. This includes general principles of fiscal responsibility, strong national defense and educational/scientific advancement.
Curious about what makes the Modern Whigs different from other third party and grassroots protest and political movements, I sent a few questions to them and was fortunate enough to get a response from their leadership.