Tuesday, January 6, 2009

bye for now

I could go into a big spiel here, but to be simple about it, when I first started doing this I said that if I ever stopped having fun with it, I would stop. And I've been realizing lately that it hasn't been fun for a long time. So I'm gonna stop.

You can always drop me an email if you feel like it, and maybe I'll catch you in the comments on other blogs. All my best. Cheers.

41 comments:

Matoko said...

/ sadface

Chris said...

You know what, there are a lot of blogs that have stopped being interesting lately (not that you're not, uh, you know what I mean). I blame the combined effect of the long lame duck period and the holidays.

I'll keep your feed in my reader.

punkrock.epoque said...

Thanks, Freddie. Your work touched me more than you know. Rest easy; come back soon.

Best,
Jenny
punkrockepoque.newsvine.com

Josh said...

Good for you, man. Hope you recharge and return to sharing your thoughts in some form, online or not. In the meantime, be well.

Anonymous said...

very sad face...

paul said...

You've been my favorite blogger for a while; I hope you come back.

GloomBoom said...

Good luck in your next life. Peace.

Freddie said...

Thanks, guys, it means a great deal.

Just not good enough, is all, and no longer willing to get by with not good enough.

Freddie said...

PS feel free to hit it up on Facebook if that's your thing.

Anonymous said...

I only started reading you a few weeks ago and have never commented on your posts, but want to say how much I admire your thinking and your writing. There's more authenticity here than I read in the "big" blogs and I will miss your contributions. Best of luck. And please reconsider! - Greg.

Anonymous said...

You got a rich mind. Stay true to that. If this is bogging it down, then you are smart to give it up for a while. The burden of engaging in multiple debates that often seem to have no effect on either the people you are debating with or the discourse as a whole can certainly make the whole endeavor seem hopelessly grueling ... and worthless.

I'm sure you've thought about this before, but you've got the ability to write a book ... and a good one at that. With fiction one can use their creativity to convey their ideas to the largest amount of people. Fiction is a valuable conduit because it provides an infinite latitude to entertain. And to gain a critical mass for one's ideas in the country we live in today, it's got to be entertaining.

Z

Mark Thompson said...

I'm really sad to see you go. It's all too rare to find a commentator willing to engage in actual good-faith debate. A lot of your thoughts here have challenged me and have gotten me to question my own biases.

Scott H Payne said...

Contra all the nice and touching comments you've received to this post, I'm gonna hit ya with some father principle.

Ahem.

C'mon ya big pansy! You're giving up now? At a time like this? We're just getting into the thick of it! The blood's just starting to fly! And you're bailing out?

This is a war deBoer, not a fucking tea social. A war I tells ya, for hearts a minds you prima donna! And do you know what wins hearts and minds, deBoer? Huh, do ya?! It's fucking guts deBoer, lots and lots and lots of fucking guts!

You, my man, you got guts. You gotta enough guts for this whole stinking army of intelligent and engaged citizenry that we're gearing up to create a better world with and for. You hear that, deBoer? A better fucking world, ya nancy!

But you can't take it, can you? Yer poor little soul is wracked with pain and agony over the violence of it! Oh the fucking humanity! Well guess what, deBoer? Join the fucking club! We're all tortured artists in here man! We all bleed like Tinkerbell when nobody believes in us. But that doesn't give us the goddamn luxury of being Tinkerbell, deBoer. No sir, it doesn't!

I'm not Tinkerbell and you're not Peter Pan, so grow the fuck up Lost Boy, we got fucking work to do! Strap on that fucking keyboard and belly up to the bar. There's only one enemy on the menu, his name's dogma and he's strangling the fucking planet soldier.

It's a war out there deBoer. You might not have asked for it, but yer sure as hell gonna get it. Every person counts, we win together or we die alone! And war, friend 'o mine, is not a spectator sport - so stop fooling yourself into believing you can take a milk and cookie break...!

the_other_josh said...

Argh. I'm gonna miss this place.

The Abstracted Engineer said...

You'd have more fun with it if you covered more inane fluff, as I do.

tumbledore said...

This is unfortunate, I just discovered this blog last week

Anonymous said...

I'm going to miss this. As good-faith lefties go it seems we're stuck with just Yglesias for now, plus maybe TPM and Klein though I find them pricklier.

Hope it becomes fun again soon...

Cheers man

Anonymous said...

FREDDIE!!!!

Friar Zero said...

Nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!

rob said...

Well shit. This ruins my morning.

Everything everyone said except Scott... hope it becomes good enough again at some point.

Geoffrey said...

Well, thanks for everything so far. I hope you'll still comment over at AI, which is where I found you.

If the discouraging feeling wears off, and you want to give it a shot again, there's some things you can do to keep it "fun". Stick to the "this is how I feel about X" posts, and avoid the "blogger X said Y, so here's why they're a stupid idiot-head" posts.

Blogging is at its best when it allows anyone to express interesting thoughts and opinions. It's at it's worst when everyone gets so focused on the gossipy politics of "the blogosphere", and feels the need to comment on everyone else's comments. That just drags it all down into schoolyard fights (much as you remarked that it resembles the smart kids trying to out-smart each other) and that sucks the joy out of it.

Either way, you contributed something to a bunch of other people, and that's something. Don't forget that.

Anonymous said...

Damn.

Anonymous said...

Damn.

E.D. Kain said...

I'm going to echo Scott (and his marvelous pirate rant) and Geoffrey and many of the others.

Quite frankly you've made remarkable waves in the short life of this blog. I've only read you for a few weeks now and I'm still impressed by your intellect and honesty.

Your problem seems to be you take the comments too close to heart. Maybe you should just close comments on your posts? I don't know...

What I do know is that you were adding to an important discussion with the likes of Daniel Larison, the Confabulum team, etc. and it's hardly fair to walk out now.

If it's not fun, do more fun stuff. Get out of politics a bit. Write about French Literature or post Onion videos. Do whatever.

Just don't kick your readers in the teeth (well, maybe some of them...)

In any case, obviously it's your choice. Just don't be too hasty...

Ian McCullough said...

Freddie,

I've gone in and out of blogging and my experience was much improved when I stopped trying to be part of the blogging game. Leave your mind open and come back when you miss it.

raft said...

damn.

i second the comments above about recharging, be well, good luck, etc. You're take a break for the right reasons, i think, but of course I still hope you come back soon :)

if you're up for it, there is thing i'd really like to know: what you now think about blogging after your personal experience writing one. Not a "big spiel" about going on hiatus but a deeper piece on the nature/significance of the medium--I mean something like Andrew Sullivan's essay on blogging:

"We bloggers have scant opportunity to collect our thoughts, to wait until events have settled and a clear pattern emerges. We blog now—as news reaches us, as facts emerge... a blog is not so much daily writing as hourly writing. And with that level of timeliness, the provisionality of every word is even more pressing—and the risk of error or the thrill of prescience that much greater"

this is one model of blogging, the spending 15 hours a day typing away on your laptop model. but I don't see why you couldn't have a slower blog, something less reactive and more meditative. instead of constant updates (and an implied pressure to update), why not a few posts a month when you really have something you want to say? the person in my mind is Reihan Salam over at The American Scene. My own sense as a reader of your blog was that after a while it just became a chore, draining both physically and emotionally. Maybe the problem was excess.

i don't know, i don't write a blog. But since you have the insight and the experience, I'd really like to hear your take on what it all means. There's a surprisingly real shortage of quality commentary on blogging.

JMW said...

Freddie,

I'm also sorry to hear this. I enjoy the blog a great deal. I have to agree with E.D. Kain, who wrote, "Your problem seems to be you take the comments too close to heart." The most idiotic troll can sometimes get you to write an entire post acknowledging and honoring their existence. This seems like an unnecessary distraction from your own train of thought and your own ideas about what should be posted on any given day. Also, I believe that some of the more aggressive commenters are a testament to how much you challenge them and rile them up. There's an incredibly unbecoming defensiveness to most angry blog commenters, yours included. Perhaps you could keep the comments open but just not read them yourself. Just a thought...

Be well.

jw

Rizzle said...

Longtime reader here -- just wanted to wish you the best. I have appreciated your insights very much over these past months, and your refusal to simplify complex issues simply to limit space has been appreciated. Thanks for your hard work and best of luck.

MikeF said...

Sad news; hope you keep writing in some medium, somewhere. Your posts here were consistently smart and thought-provoking.

James said...

ARGH, Freddie...This annoys the fuck out of me. You're easily the best blogger I discovered last year, easily.

You possess the mixture of sincerity and eloquence that a great writer truly needs. I know that you are under no obligation to provide this to the public (at all, let alone for free) but it is a true pity to see that you've stopped.

william randolph brafford said...

Freddie,

Thanks for the good blog times. In particular, your posts on unions and your posts on education have been helpful to me as I try to figure what I think about the relevant policies. I've also enjoyed anything you've written about art or literature.

One small note: if you continue to write articles for Culture11 or other sites, maybe you could post links here, with comments disabled…

All the best,

-wrb

Freddie said...

Maybe I should surreptitiously blog here in the comments. Or we could make it a group blog, all of us.

Matoko said...

Or we could make it a group blog, all of us.

LOL!
The Flashmob Blog

Anonymous said...

Bye and thnx for the thoughts....they never disappointed. have a good life Freddie!

kfp

James said...

Maybe I should surreptitiously blog here in the comments.

I promise I won't tell anyone.

BP said...

Freddie, sir, you shall be missed.

paul said...

I think maybe the problem (as some have mentioned) is comments ... just disable comments! If someone has a worthwhile point to make, they can email it to you; only very rarely have I seen constructive debates in comments threads. Two of the better blogs (Douthat, Sullivan) have no comments at all; and I feel like Yglesias very rarely actually reads his comments section. Also the blogs/articles on Slate, the comments threads are tucked away; if you must keep comments open, just never go in there (as someone else mentioned).

Anonymous said...

Will miss your writing. There are very few people who manage to write from a POV while maintaining intellectual honesty. Hope you come back some day. GL with the job. I had some exposure to anesthetizing animals when I was a resident. Fascinating area.

Steve

JJ said...

Freddie,

You have a great talent and a great mind and it would be a shame if those two things were separated for any length of time.

Anonymous said...

Too bad. I just came across your site a few weeks ago (thank you, Larison) and I genuinely enjoyed the blog the few times I made it here. That being said, I understand your frustrations. Hopefully this will pass, because yours is an interesting and worthwhile voice.

Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ...

Just start blogging again already. Not every day, but when you have something to say. You gotta let it out.