An Ordinary Person

Farewell Liberal Arts Dude | July 17, 2010

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)

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  1. Hi LAD,
    Congrats on the baby and the new job! You might find your way back to the blogosphere sooner than you think, perhaps as Liberal Arts Dad? ;-) Good luck with all your future endeavors.

    Comment by d.eris — July 17, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

  2. LAD – You will be missed, though your ideas will live on in the blogosphere! Come back any time! (I like that Liberal Arts Dad!!) Good luck with the baby and the new job. Looking forward to your next reports. Keep in touch!

    Comment by Nancy Hanks — July 17, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

  3. Hehehe… many thanks guys! I hope not to disappear out of circulation completely. I will still regularly read your excellent blogs (and sometimes put in a comment or two). And I will still try to be active and be well-informed in my offline life in the political journey that I started and found common cause with you — political independence, providing alternatives to mainstream perspectives, and opening up the system to greater transparency and competition. I like the sound of the “Liberal Arts Dad” :-) who knows that the future might bring? We shall see as I turn to the next chapter…

    Comment by Liberal Arts Dude — July 17, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

  4. Hi Lib Arts Dad!

    I just discovered your archive. I have been reading the Monkey Cage post about the myth of independents. I agree with you that IDing “independent” has much more meaning to it than just voting behavior. I think you are both right.

    Your piece is more slaient to me because it interprets the independent ID as a protest against the election system, which produces officials who fail to understand or meet the needs of Americans.

    I write about reforming that system. I hope you’ll have some time to check out my bolg at

    In the spirit of democratic reform,

    Bill Kelleher

    Comment by William J. Kelleher, Ph.D. — January 21, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

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