All good things…

[NOTE: Before you begin reading this post, understand that I will be taking no action until mid-July. So there’s no need to say your "goodbyes" just yet!]

Wednesday afternoon, as I was walking through the parking garage after work, I had a shocking, momentous, revelatory, revolutionary thought. It’s the sort of thought you would never expect me to have all on my own, totally unbidden and unsuggested by anyone. Lost in thought during the walk to my car, I was pondering my future in the months ahead — as my clerkship ends and I start actually practicing law — and, like a bolt of lightning, the thought popped into my brain:

Maybe I should give up the blog.

Now, you might expect me to reject this notion out of hand. Just a silly thought flitting across my brain, not worthy of serious consideration. Give up the blog? That’s crazy. I’ve been blogging — "hyperactively," as the title bar says — for more than six years. I practically get the shakes when I go 24 hours without blogging. I’ve built quite a little community here, and I greatly enjoy the give-and-take, the feedback, the creative outlet, and frankly, the ego boost that this blog gives me. In short, I love my blog. And it’s not as if the blog is causing any major identifiable or tangible problems for me right now. In fact, things are going swimmingly, both in my life generally and on the blog specifically. I’ve been getting more serious, positive blogospheric attention in recent months than I have at any time since Katrina. With a hurricane season and a presidential election coming up, such attention only figures to increase. So why on earth would I want to give it all up — to quit cold turkey?

But the answer, or rather answers, to that question popped into my head just as quickly as the original thought did. There are the privacy concerns, which will only increase as Loyette gets older; there is the potential for conflicts and problems related to my career; there is the needless emotional energy expended dealing with trolls and such; and so forth. But above all, blogging is a very time-consuming activity. The blog is a beast that must be fed, and as long as this site exists, it’s awfully hard for me to resist the temptation to blog, blog, blog.

Now, as I said, my blog isn’t particularly causing me problems right now. During this first year of my post-school life, I think I’ve been able to strike a pretty reasonable balance between family, work, and the blog. But striking that balance promises to get much harder as I begin practicing law, as the hours will certainly be longer and more intense. Moreover, if I want to be a civic-minded person who is involved in his community (and I do), it’s going to become increasingly important for me to be involved in other activities during my free time. The same goes for establishing and maintaining a healthy social life as I begin my career in earnest. Also, just as increased work hours will squeeze my free time from one end, increased family obligations are likely to squeeze it from the other end as Loyette gets older, and even moreso if Becky and I eventually have more kids.

In other words, although the blog isn’t really presenting problems now, it’s very, very easy to see how it will begin to create problems in the near future. There is only so much time in the day, and every hour I spend blogging is an hour I’m not spending on being a good father, a good husband, a good lawyer, a good friend, or a good citizen of the real world (as opposed to the virtual one).

I could say that I’ll "cut back" or "take a hiatus," but resolutions like that just don’t tend to work well for me. I can’t half-ass a project like this. I’m just so used to having a blog, and posting to it regularly, that if it’s there to update, I’m inevitably going to update it. Besides, having painstakingly built up this audience, having made this platform what it is, I can’t stand the thought of slowly frittering it away by posting infrequently and/or failing to cover topics of interest to my readers. The reality is, I have neither the desire nor the discipline to let an active blog sit idle for long periods of time. Either I blog or I don’t blog.

What makes this tricky, and difficult, is that my blog has been, on balance, an overwhelmingly positive thing in my
life. I’ve made friends through the blog. I’ve gotten a job, in part, because of the blog. I’ve earned respect and admiration — from people in real life as well as online — because of the blog. I’ve received, because of the blog, a type of exposure I never could have dreamed of
otherwise: the New York Times, the Washington Post,
Tucker Carlson, Spike Lee, and on and on. And not just the Katrina
stuff; more recently, my thoughts on the 2008 election have been read
by many thousands of people, thanks to links from places as diverse as
the New Republic and Free Republic, The Economist and the National Review.
More broadly, the blog has simply given me an outlet to share,
well, lots of stuff that I’ve enjoyed sharing, from diatribes on sports
and politics to photos of my baby and my pets. And it’s kept me connected to friends and family who I might well have lost touch with otherwise, and has simultaneously connected me to all sorts of new people. All in all, the blog has been good
to me.

But I feel now like it’s reaching a point of diminishing
returns. I’ve accomplished just about everything I can hope to
accomplish as someone who keeps a multi-topic blog as a hobby. In fact,
in a real sense, I need to start accomplishing less, for the reasons I’ve stated already. In order to keep up
my current pace of bloggy accomplishments — of earned attention and recognition, of bloggy community-building, and of new and different exploits of creativity — I would necessarily have to
start impinging on my career, my family life, or both. But of course, I can’t do either of those things, which means the blog must necessarily suffer. So I feel as if maintaining the blog is almost like fighting a losing battle against the
evolution of my life. In a very basic way, it’s simply time to move on.

All of which is why, within 60 seconds of having that revolutionary thought — "maybe I should give up the blog" — it morphed from a passing fancy into a concrete plan. Yup. I will give up the blog.

Not yet, though! :) I’m looking at the middle of July as the time I’ll most likely hang up my blogging shoes. Details after the jump.

When I talked to Becky about this Wednesday evening, she thought I was
being very smart and responsible to think along these lines, but she wondered if maybe
I could simply cut back drastically — in a very structured way — by maintaining the current blog but
committing to do just one post per week, a single essay/column
on whatever topic(s) are of the greatest interest to me each Saturday
or Sunday. It would be sort of like a weekly version of James Lileks’s
Daily Bleat. That way, she said, I could "keep my brand alive." But
that wouldn’t work, and in the end, wouldn’t be desirable. First of all, I would cheat; all week long, I’d be gathering
material for my massive weekly meta-update. A one-hour commitment would
become a two-hour commitment would become a five-hour commitment, and
so on. Also, I’d inevitably tiptoe back toward more frequent updates as
soon as the next major event occurs. Do you honestly think I could make myself stick to "once a week" blogging when a hurricane is threatening the U.S., or during March Madness, or on Election Night?

Meanwhile, the Irish Trojan community would die a slow and painful
death. With the infrequency of my posting, my "regulars" would
gradually start visiting less and less often, until most of y’all would finally
stop coming here altogether. My Google PageRank would decrease and my
level of blogospheric buzz would decline. My statistics would show a
disheartening downhill traffic trend, until finally I’d be left with
friends, family, and a few die-hards, along with the occasional person googling the ASU cheerleading squad. :) Now, declining traffic and a shrinking community isn’t the end of the world; indeed, as an end result, it is, as Stuart
Smalley would say, okay. But gradualism is not the right way to go about
getting there, in my view. Giving up the bulk of the audience that I’ve built over
the last six-plus years is going to be tough, but it’s the sort of
thing where you need to rip the band-aid off quickly. I’d much rather
"go out while I’m on top," instead of allowing the "Irish Trojan brand"
to slowly but surely decline into nothingness.

So, no. I need to completely shut down the blog, delete my TypePad account, make it impossible for me to update the damn thing. It is the only way.

Having made this momentous decision, my thought processes have now shifted to logistics. When will
I give up the blog, what technical steps will I need to take to
preserve the archives (assuming I want to preserve the archives, which
I think I do), and — most importantly — how will I fill the void in my life that
the blog’s death will create?

I’ll still need some way of
expressing myself, of publishing my thoughts to the world, of letting
loose the occasional rant; I’ve always had, and needed, such an outlet,
at least since seventh grade. First it was the Living Room Times, then Scribe and my "binder updates," then the dorm newsletter and the Daily Trojan,
and finally the blog. I’d be crazy to think I can just give up
publishing altogether. But at the same time, I need to come up with a
way to satisfy that need without creating a new beast that must be fed! If I simply replace Blog A with Blog B, that would completely defeat the purpose.

But I think I’ve come up with a pretty good concept of how to
proceed. First of all, schedule permitting, I will continue writing hurricane updates for Pajamas Media — now exclusively for them, which I’m sure they’ll like — so that’ll be how I get my weather nerdery out of my system. And, unlike my hurricane updates on this blog, I get paid for the PJM ones. :)

Secondly, I’m going to become a much more active member of Flickr,
and I’m going to start a photoblog connected to my Flickr account. In
fact, I already have created such a blog, for testing purposes; it’s called "Light and High Beauty," a shout-out to my favorite Tolkien quote. There’s nothing much there yet, but eventually, that’ll be my photoblog. I’m excited about this, because I’ve been wanting for quite some
time to feature my photography more prominently in my Internet
endeavours, and this is obviously a great way to do that.

Photoblogging is much less time-consuming than text-blogging — or at least, the way I do text-blogging, it is. And because "Light and High Beauty" will be explicitly and specifically a photoblog, I don’t think I’ll be overly tempted to co-opt
it for text-blogging about politics, sports and so forth. That would be
so foreign to the nature of the blog itself that I don’t think it will
take too much discipline to not cheat. I also expect it will have a much
smaller audience than Irish Trojan, which will further reduce the
temptation; the beast needs less food when fewer people are watching.
:)

That said, it’ll be comforting to know that I still have a public
blog presence, so that in the event of something truly
extraordinary transpiring, where I’m literally caught up in a national
breaking-news event — like the New York blackout in 2003, for example
— I’ll be able to "liveblog" it, and link-whore my coverage (yes, I have InstaPundit’s e-mail address on my cell phone, for precisely such an event),
albeit as a completely one-shot deal. That’s the only circumstance
under which I can envision hijacking my own photoblog for something
other than its usual purposes.

Anyway… so, yeah. Creative Outlet #1 is the Pajamas Media writing
gig. Creative Outlets #2 and #3 are Flickr and the photoblog. And then
there’s Creative Outlet #4, which is really sort of a fallback option
for when I have something I really want to say, and I’ve gotta get it out of my system somehow: Facebook’s "Notes" feature. I don’t intend to use this on anything approaching a regular basis,
but it’s there as a potential outlet if I have a thought that I really
want to express, something that I really want to publish, etc.

Anything
published there will have an inherently limited audience — my Facebook
friends only — which is good, because it will limit the ability of my
Facebook Notes to (I say again) become a beast that needs to be fed. At
the same time, I have enough Facebook friends that it’ll feel like a
real audience, so it’ll satisfy my desire to express/publish/etc.

So. That’s my plan. And I’ve set a date for it. I’ve tentatively scheduled Sunday, July 20 as the day this blog will wink out of existence.

That’s subject to change, but it makes a lot of sense to me at this point. My logic goes like this: I probably need until mid-July to do the technical back-end work that this change will entail. Meanwhile, if I’m going to do this, I clearly need to cut the cord before college football season and the party conventions. So, that means I have a window of between mid-July and mid-August, roughly speaking. My TypePad subscription renews on or about the 22nd of each month, so I figure I might as well try to cancel it before I’m billed for July. And I should probably pick a weekend day, so I’ll have time to do what I need to do. July 20 is the last weekend day before TypePad renews. So: July 20 it is. After July 20, there will no longer be an Irish Trojan blog. Y’all have about a month-and-a-half to get used to that idea. :)

Incidentally, I definitely do not rule out the possibility of returning to the blogosphere — in a more robust way that the PJM/Photoblog/Facebook trifecta I’ve outlined, I mean — at some point in the future. I have no idea what the future holds in that regard. But for now, or rather for my life going forward starting a couple of months now, this is the right decision.

58 Responses to “All good things…”

  1. Joe Loy says:

    :(

    However: rigorously well thought out.

    Always, always, hold fast to the Tomorrow Worthy of all the Yesterdays.

  2. David K. says:

    Wow, I didn’t see this one coming, not for some time now, but I can understand. Its an amazing hobby to engage in, but once you start losing your passion for it, once it stops being rewarding, its a good time to call it quits.

    It will be a loss of epic proportions for your commentors, guest bloggers, and visitors, you have provided such an amazing venue of entertainment and information, and a forum for discussion and argument ;-)

    If I may make a suggestion, I think you should consider choosing a new ending date, sometime on or around innaguration day, with the presidential election, the football season, etc.

  3. Jeff says:

    I would never presume to comment on the wisdom of your choice, but would note three things:

    – Dang, I wish Stanford had beaten Tennessee so I could have won that women’s basketball pool back in April.

    – I like to think that it is possible to be a responsible worker, good husband, good father and good blogger all at the same time. For what it’s worth, I’m 48, have been married 21 years, and my kids are 17 and 13. My readership is a fraction of yours, but the outlet my blog provides is essential to my success at the other components of my life.

    – When I read your post, what popped into my mind was a decision I made years ago, for reasons similar to yours to remove comic books from my life. While one could argue that it was the correct decision, it is also one that I’ve regretted ever since.

    Cheers.

  4. kcatnd says:

    Am I correct in noticing that the title of this post is also the title of the last Star Trek: TNG episode?

    Nerdery aside, this is sad news for many. For me, this blog was a great forum and space to keep abreast of current events in a lot of the same things that interested me: college sports, politics, travel, ND/USC, Harry Potter/LotR, etc.

    I was an undergrad at ND for your three years of law school there, graduating in 2007 too, and I enjoyed reading the blog as a parallel yet distinct view of the same things I encountered everyday, both on campus and in the wider world. I could always be assured that Brendan was on it.

    I also want to note that it’s been fun to hear of your personal life and growth too – graduations, getting married, a job, a child – it’s a benefit I never expected from reading a topical blog, but have enjoyed immensely. Since you’re a few years ahead of me in life, it’s been fun to look at what might await me a few short years down the road.

    I do hope you’ll reconsider and find a way to continue blogging, balancing life however you need to, but we all know you think things through pretty well.

    Thanks for everything…and I look forward to enjoying the remaining posts!

  5. yea says:

    please don’t do this. keep this up for the elections. just limit yourself to a max of 4 posts a week. the limit is non-negotiable even if the world ends. trust me, ive been in a similar spot than you where i contemplated giving time-sinks that i loved and instead was able to moderate myself so that it had a much reduced but still significant impact on my life. don’t use addictive-personality as an excuse. you know you always want to keep this part of your life open.

  6. Leanna Loomer says:

    Brendan,

    It’s not for me to say much here, because this place belongs to you and to your readers. I do believe it is an admirable quality to do very fine things and then move on, and that is something you have always succeeded in doing. For my part, I will always regret your moving on.

    Mom

  7. Mike's brother Matt says:

    So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish. Wait a minute, there hasn’t been much in the way of fish ’round here. Aha, a topic you don’t blog about!

    In all seriousness, it’s been a near constant source of entertainment and people to argue with over the last few years, and for that, I’m grateful.

  8. dmytro says:

    wow…then 9/10ths of the Google hits on my name will disappear…you’re winking me out of existence too!!

    oh well, as long as we reunite to have the NCAA pools year after year :)

    i hate to say this, but you’re right to title this, “All good things…” and this was a very, very great thing. we will all be sad to see this go. :( i know i speak for many when i wish it didn’t have to come to this.

    truth be told, reading your blog now just doesn’t bring me same rush i used to get reading TIT in class (no pun intended). maybe because i felt more connected when could personally witness (or be part of) the events you were blogging. i guess this is growing up?

    oi vey, what a year…

  9. Jim Hu says:

    I’ll miss it, but understand. Proud to have made to to your regulars roll even though we’ve never met. I’ll keep lurking until the end, so I’ll save the “If you’re ever…” for later.

  10. Marty West says:

    Brendan,

    I must admit I’m bummed. I, like many others, started reading your blog when Hurricane Katrina hit. I have had your page bookmarked since.

    Thanks for providing an interesting point of view on a whole spectrum of topics.

    If you’re ever in Philly let’s have a beer.

    Good luck!

  11. isuquinndog says:

    Very very bummed time, but it sounds like probably the best move for you and your family. Having met you and Becky in St. Louis at Arch Madness, I’m sure that this is the right decision for you.

    But there will be a major hole in my blogging reading about hurricanes. I’ll just have to watch Anderson Cooper try not to get killed during a storm. :)

  12. Marty West says:

    Also…

    I like the title of this post. Q would be proud!

  13. gerry d says:

    I’m in my 40s. This is the first blog I have ever read on a regular basis because I still love newspapers. (i.e. old guy) As a father of two, I can totally understand your decision to quit cold turkey. Still, I will miss your posts, insight, family updates and Star Trek postings. Anyways — do what is best for you and your family. And we’ll enjoy the time remaining with you.

  14. Brendan says:

    Thanks for the kind words, everybody. I did want to respond to a few specific things…

    once you start losing your passion for it, once it stops being rewarding, its a good time to call it quits.

    I wouldn’t say I’ve reached that point. I definitely still have a passion for it; if anything, I have too much of a passion for it, such that I’m worried about it impinging on other parts of my life. :) As for it being rewarding, I know I said that “diminishing returns” thing, but what I mean by that is, I don’t see the blog leading me to a lot of new, tangible accomplishments that translate over into the real world. It’s still very rewarding and fun personally, it just isn’t new and different anymore. But if there was unlimited time in the day, I would still absolutely keep blogging, and I’d be happy about it. The problem is that I need to keep my life in balance, and my passion for blogging can make that difficult.

    Dang, I wish Stanford had beaten Tennessee so I could have won that women’s basketball pool back in April.

    I forgot to mention this, but I will definitely keep doing the NCAA Pools in some form. They pre-dated the Irish Trojan, and they will outlive it. :) I’m not exactly sure how it will work, but I’ll probably advertise it on Facebook and perhaps my photoblog (I suppose I’ll have to take a basketball-related picture to justify doing so :) and via e-mail. If you’re worried about not being included, either make sure you’re one of my Facebook friends or e-mail me and ask to be put on the NCAA Pool mailing list.

    I like to think that it is possible to be a responsible worker, good husband, good father and good blogger all at the same time.

    I absolutely agree, in the abstract. And indeed, my decision to start a photoblog proves that I think I can do all three. The problem is that, in my particular case, with this particular blog, the very nature of the blog lends itself to a blogging pattern that is so hyperactive as to put these things into potential conflict, and I can see that conflict becoming very problematic in the coming months. Above all, I’m going to be starting a new job, which means I need to be absolutely focused on that (outside of my family, which is my #1 priority, of course), and not distracted by the desire to blog about the general election. (This is why waiting until after the inauguration is not a viable option, BTW. If anything, it would make more sense to hang up the blog until the inauguration, then reassess at that point.) In the end, I just don’t think I have the discipline, when it comes to this blog, to maintain an indefinite “blogging will be light” approach. And I don’t think the ever diminishing rewards of that approach would be worth the anguish.

    As for the comic-book thing: maybe I will regret this, but if I do, I can always start blogging again later. I’ll have to rebuild my audience, of course, but that’s the only aspect of the decision that I can’t reverse later on, if I want to. And is the fear that I’ll regret losing my audience a good enough reason to keep on blogging, essentially based on sheer momentum, even when I’m worried about the impact it’s going to have on the rest of my life? I don’t think it is.

    Am I correct in noticing that the title of this post is also the title of the last Star Trek: TNG episode?

    Yes, you are correct, and yes, that was intentional. :)

  15. Angrier and Angrier says:

    Brendan-

    I figured it would come to this eventually. When you have a wife, career and kids, this kind of thing falls on the back-burner. Sometimes it is better not to do it at all than to do it without 100% commitment.

    I have enjoyed my time here on your blog. I feel I have gotten to know a lot of people her, even anonymously. It’s been a good run.

  16. Sean says:

    So all we have to do is send Brendan backward and forward in time. He can command the Irish Trojan blog in the past, the Irish Trojan in Tennessee in the present, and use Becky’s Valkyrie of Discarded Thoughts to get to the Irish Trojan Floridian by Way of Tennessee in the far future. Then we can put it all to right.

  17. Brendan says:

    Sometimes it is better not to do it at all than to do it without 100% commitment.

    Exactly. Thanks, Angrier.

    It’s funny. When I re-read this post, and think about what I wrote and what people have said in response to it, I begin to doubt my decision. I start to think I’m overreacting, and to rationalize how I could keep the blog going while addressing these concerns that I have. But in my heart, I know that that’s a bad idea, and that this is the right decision. When I think about the issue holistically — instead of just analyzing the points that I and others have raised here — I quickly come back to reality and reaffirm my decision. It’s difficult to explain precisely why this is what I need to do; there are a lot of subtle nuances to my thinking that don’t translate well when I try to explain them. But, difficult as it is, this is the right decision for a whole host of reasons, whether I can express them well or not.

    I recognize that it may sound, as yea put it, like I’m “using addictive-personality as an excuse” for what must seem to some of you, particularly those who have never maintained an active and well-trafficked blog, as a massive overreaction. In reality, though, it’s much more complicated than that, and my decision is much more sound and necessary than it might seem. Trust me. :)

    Oh, and LOL, Sean. But don’t I have to be put on trial for all of the blogosphere’s sins?

  18. the fourth one says:

    First, I will miss your blog. It has been a source of intellectual stimulation, and often, humor, for me. Second, I think your reasoning makes sense. As a parent, spouse, and teacher, I would make a suggestion, though. Make sure that, in addition to dedicating yourself to family, career, and community, you have at least one important outlet that belongs just to YOU, and that speaks to you in a way that nothing else does. In my own life, I have found that kind of independence and release to be vital, not only for my own personal well-being, but for energizing me in a way that allows me to give even more to the people I love.

    Best wishes to you!! Thanks for a great blog :).

  19. Joe Mama says:

    Great, now I’m gonna have to find some other way to spend my time avoiding document review . . . thanks a lot ;-)

  20. Jim says:

    Man. I just recently become a regular reader and this happens? I feel like I showed up late to a party just before the cops raided it.

    :/

    Anyway, I don’t *think* I missed this above… you said something about deleting everything, are you going to maintain the archive?

  21. Brendan says:

    Jim, you did miss what I said about that, but it was a passing and indecisive reference, and it was after the jump, so I don’t blame you. :) What I said was:

    “…what technical steps will I need to take to preserve the archives (assuming I want to preserve the archives, which I think I do)…?”

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’ll be preserving the archives. The 2002-2007 archives are already in place (though the archive page is messed up; I need to fix that), but as for the last 10 months’ worth, I’ll have to move them from TypePad’s servers onto my server, so that I can delete my TypePad account. I think I may have to use the command-line tool “wget” to copy everything over from TypePad. I’ll then have to change where the “blog.brendanloy.com” subdomain points, so that links from Google, other blogs, etc., won’t become broken. I’ll also probably great a backup “export” of the actual blog data from TypePad (as opposed to the finished HTML files), so that I have the option of re-importing the blog in the future, should I choose to do so. (This is all part of what I mean about the “back-end work” that I’ll need to do between now and July 20.)

  22. Antonia says:

    Doing what you love makes you a better everything Brendan.

    It also make the world a better place.

  23. Brendan says:

    You’re right, Toni and fourth one, about “doing what I love” and “having at least one important outlet that belongs just to ME, and that speaks to me in a way that nothing else does.” I totally agree. The issue is finding an outlet that can fill that niche without overly conflicting with other aspects of my life. I think the time when this blog can fill that niche has come and gone. I hope the combination of the photoblog, Pajamas Media, Facebook, and one or two other endeavours that I’m deliberately not mentioning here, will accomplish that goal — of being true to myself, of giving myself an outlet, etc. — while maintaining a good balance. That’s what I’m driving at.

  24. dcl says:

    Ave atque vale

    It makes one curious what shall happen to Brendan loy dot com… seems odd to think of it becoming a dusty corner of the internet, the old archives slowly rusting out and slipping beneath the waves of Google’s top ten search results… But to everything there is a season — and it almost seems better to burry the site completely than to let the archives rot and decay. It will be sad to see it go, but I respect your decision and think it wise.

    Perhaps brendanloy.com will simply link to the flicker blog and your section on Pajamas media with a sort of in memoriam thing, bloging hyperactively 2002-2008? (and don’t think I’m not upset that this is going to finally force me to get a bloody face book account you bastard…)

    A thought on Becky’s weekly column idea. I don’t think it’s such a bad one. See if you can convince a newspaper or magazine to give you one. It would be rather cool if you had a 500 word weekly column on Slate or something. And if it is through a magazine or paper or something you can’t “over post” and you can’t run long but you’ll get to say what it is you want to say on politics and so forth.

  25. Becky says:

    It’s okay, Brendan. You can tell them that you’ve devoted a spot in the blogosphere dedicated to worshipping me. I’m sure they’d find it eventually anyway. ;)

  26. V says:

    Oh Brendan. I can’t believe you’re giving up the blog. What will I do when I’m bored at work? How will I keep abreast of current political and sports affairs? The blog has not only been the story of your life, but it has also been moments in our lives. The lives of your friends. The posts I have enjoyed the most have been visits with your friends and family. I’ve been able to see Bea & Andrew’s wedding, Shannon’s visits, trips across the country and abroad. It was always fun after you came to visit to check to blog and see what people had to say about pictures and activities.

    I’ll miss the community you’ve built here, but am glad I still have you in the ‘real’ world.

  27. Mike says:

    I’ll miss it, but you’re obviously in the position to figure this one out, Brendan. I’m glad the NCAA pools will continue–I’ll just have to hope that the election prediction contests do too.

  28. jlr says:

    Sorry, but I don’t believe it.

    I’ve known you for a long time, Brendano, all the way back to the days of the Living Room Times. The idea of Brendan Loy being without a public, creative outlet for his writing would be like Q without his powers (see Deja Q… and yes, as long as we’re going to use All good things, I may as well put this one in there).

    You will go through ten chocolate sundaes, be stabbed by Whoopi Goldberg, and contemplate throwing yourself at the feet of the Calamarain (which is hard, since they don’t have any)… or at least the mercy of the Blogosphere.

    In sum, you’ll be back somehow, even if it’s just periodic updates on how you, Loyette, and Becky are doing.

    And the NCAA pools.

    And elections for your stuffies.

    And politics.

    And weather updates.

    And astronomy updates.

    (See where I’m going with this?)

  29. CORNHUSKERS 94 95 & 97 says:

    ahead of the most historic U.S. election ever?

    Dont believe it. you would have to express that opioion of yours somewhere where it would not get filtered.

  30. CORNHUSKERS 94 95 & 97 says:

    ahead of the most historic U.S. election ever?

    Dont believe it. you would have to express that opioion of yours somewhere where it would not get filtered.

  31. Becky says:

    I think it’s inevitable that if Brendan does stop blogging, a gazillion interesting things will happen to us. :)

  32. Wobbly H says:

    Obviously the right decision. This blog used to be a lot more interesting.

  33. Angrier and Angrier says:

    Brendan-

    The technical considerations aside, I think you should consider ending your blog on the Katrina anniversary. That’s what it is now best known for and I know many visitors like myself started following your blog because of Katrina (hence the name Angrier and Angrier instead of Calmer and Calmer).

  34. Jenn says:

    I really love your blog and all the great updates. I hope you do leave it up so all the great links you have remain active.

    Another one of my favorite bloggers stopped about 6 months ago after her wedding and has started back — doing shorter posts with more photos.

    I do understand the desire to put family and work first.

    Hopefully we will hear from you again….Best of luck !

  35. B. Nicholson says:

    congratulations on your decision. your writing will be missed. If you come back like Jordan wearing the 45 someday, then I hope you’ll have a creative way of letting us all know you’re back.

  36. CORNHUSKERS 94 95 & 97 says:

    Agree with A&A

  37. CORNHUSKERS 94 95 & 97 says:

    Agree with A&A

  38. Joe Loy says:

    LOL Becky! But, we Already worship you. :)

    “[NOTE: Before you begin reading this post, understand that I will be taking no action until mid-July. So there’s no need to say your ‘goodbyes’ just yet!]”

    Oh so it’s Announcing the Announcement izzit. :> hee hee / well ya better not leave it Up to The Volunteers, there, Mister All-Ears ;}, ’cause if the Metric is the Cumulative Popular Vote, you’re Stayin’. :]

    You’re a Good one, old Kiddoe.

    Love,

    Dad

  39. Brendan says:

    The Katrina-anniversary idea is an interesting one, Angrier. But the timing of that isn’t great for me personally, and I also think some people might see that particular bit of symbolic timing as being inappropriate. The anniversary of Hurricane Katrina isn’t about me, after all. It’s about the victims of the storm. If I was going to do anything along those lines, I might pick the anniversary of my “get the hell out” post, instead of the anniversary of Katrina’s actual landfall. But I think I’ll stick to late July. For one thing, by late August, it’s entirely possible there will be active hurricanes threatening land, which would make it even harder for me to stop blogging at that particular moment in time. It would become “oh, I’ll just wait until this storm is done…” :)

  40. Alec says:

    Beware of the possibility that the news of the Irish Trojan’s demise might give Hillary Clinton renewed hope.

    Other than that, your decision seems reasonable and sensible. Good luck.

  41. Alasdair says:

    Brendan

    A couple of thoughts …

    1) To your own Self, be True ! If the integrity of the Brendan requires quitting cold-turkey, then that is what you should do …

    2) Beware ! You may just find that quitting blogging (for you and a lot of others) is like quitting smoking (tobacco) … will Becky and Loyette survive ? (grin)

    3) Trust your instincts … and be careful that you don’t make a void in your Life without having something useful and positive with which to fill said void …

    Personally, I will miss you and your blog … as others have said, this is a good and mostly comfortable place to drop in on, like a *good* pub – with its various regulars each in his or her own place, within his or her own groups of friends, yet still interacting with everyone in said pub … (in this analogy, I’m not entirely sure if you are the landlord of the pub, or the not-yet-buxom mostly cheerful barmaid) …

  42. Nadine says:

    Being French I tend to see things in relationship to movies…

    And you have just done a ‘Forest Gump’.

    There he is running…running..

    and then

    He Stops.

  43. Christine says:

    Maybe I’m just sad you might be leaving (I get a lot of great links from you site, as well as your savvy views on politics)…but I think you should stick around.

    Life is about limits and prioritizing and relaxing (oh and a few other things). But if you enjoy having a blog (which I get the feeling you do, as well as your mentioned past blog-like antics), then you really should keep going. Just tweek it. You seem to have a lot current events going on, which is nice to see but I’m sure very time consuming. I LOVE the idea of a weekly column of sorts. Gives you something to ponder (nothing wrong with that) all week AND an outlet! And your loyal fans have something to look forward to! If something is particularly intriguing to you, you can blog more on that topic, but I would hope it would allow you to not feel like a slave to brendanloy.com but still give you the freedom to write and get your ideas out there.

    If you have a problem with setting limits, then set some (I personally hate limits) but it’s kinda like you’re throwing the baby out with the bath water (sorry–couldn’t think of a better one at the moment). Life (or blogs) don’t have to be all or nothing…

    In other words……DON’T LEAVE!!!!!!!

    (insert squealing here)

  44. JD says:

    Per the note at the top of the post, I shall save my goodbye comments for later.

  45. Ken says:

    Brendan, I was first drawn to your blog for your enthusiastic USC Notre Dame football coverage back in 2005, but I’m a regular now b/c of all your other content. You’ve had a remarkable run, pretty much parallel to Pete Carroll’s. Best of luck as you start devoting more time to other avenues of life, particularly fatherhood.

  46. Joe Loy says:

    Very good comment, Alasdair.

    ” (in this analogy, I’m not entirely sure if you are the landlord of the pub, or the not-yet-buxom mostly cheerful barmaid) …”

    He’s the Publican, silly. You’re the REpublican. I’m the repooblichaun. {Also the occasional backup barmaid but “buxom” isn’t Exactly how the denizens describe her. ;}

    So when Brendan Bars th’ Dure we’ll have to find a New pub. But it just won’t be the same. / Which somehow puts me in mind of Michaeleen’s remark to Paddy, and themselves adrift in the now-Oarless curragh after the mighty gale, when yer Latter man had squandered his One Wish by successfully commanding the decanted Genie to turn all the sea to Guinness: “Ye bloody idjiit, look wot ye’ve done. Now we’ll have to piss in th’ boat.”

  47. JO says:

    As someone who’s been reading your blog off and on for the past 6 years or so, I must say I’m sad to see you go. Heck, I even had a quote on the main page for quite a while!!!

    Best wishes to you and your family. It’s been an enjoyable run.

  48. Mad Max, Esquire says:

    Where am I going to go for my lesbian cheerleader/Charlie Weis sucks coverage?

  49. KenW says:

    I found this blog with Katrina and stayed for the other content. Although I’m not known as a “regular”, this has been a daily stop for me for three years now.

    Like so many others, I’ll save my “good byes” for later, but I can’t resist one:

    “Live Long and Prosper”.

  50. teresa says:

    I, like Ken, found you after the USC/ND game in 2005 – which was the same weekend we found out we were moving to Michiana. It was nice to see another Trojan navigate life in Domerland. I continued to read this blog afterwards because it felt like a friend. After moving to a new location, I had a place to go where I could hear two sides of the story, and could occasionally input my two cents, which is hard to do in a new town, when you are just meeting people.

    P.S. Unlike Ken, I don’t want Pete Carroll’s life to parallel yours. What’s his equivalent to quitting the blog? No time soon do I want to read the headline “Carroll takes helm of (insert NFL team here)”

  51. Anonymous Hoosier says:

    Having faced the same dilemma and having made the same choice in the past, I completely understand. But your perspective, humor, and unique combination of interests will be greatly missed. No idea how I will keep up on the USC world now as an ND fan who could never bear to visit an SC only site. But I’m sure you, Becky, and Loyette will be rewarded by the change in focus.

  52. Alasdair says:

    Just a thought, but it IS possible that, within a few days of Brendan quitting his blog, Becky may be heard to say “Ummm, Brendan, not that Loyette and I don’t appreciate your ever-present attentions, but isn’t there some blogging you would rather do ?” … (grin) …

  53. Bea says:

    Holy crap. But then again, weren’t you going to quit/slow down for law school, and then for work..? I like Becky’s idea of a weekly column of sorts. So what if you spend a little time every week thinking about the topic and a little time on research? I think it’s doable, a great outlet and, hey, the WIFE is ok with this! Plus I’d enjoy a good read :)

  54. Tbone says:

    How did I miss this post?

    I’ve got a bit of experience with this. Trust me, you won’t be able to stay way!

    You are so good at this Brendan, I honestly hope one of the growing number of blogging comglomerates picks you up and makes this venture semi-profitable.

  55. WobblyH says:

    Ha. I’ll believe it when it happens. In fact, I bet in a month, you’ll have taken over Beckles’ crazy blog.

  56. colleen says:

    march madness will not be the same without your coverage! your blog will be missed. i’ve really enjoyed reading it over the years and keeping up on all the newington news through here! good luck with everything.