Monday, July 23, 2012

Signing off


Dear readers,

Over 5 ½ years ago, I began the Legal History Blog at my kitchen table. Over 5000 posts (collectively) and well over 1 million visits later, I am now signing off. The blog will continue, and as with all on-line ventures, its future depends in part on you. From the beginning, what has kept the blog going is its readership.

I began the Legal History Blog in part because I thought that the field needed more of an on-line presence than it had at the time. As colleagues joined me, first as guests and then as on-going bloggers, LHB has achieved the goals I had at the beginning. I continue to think that bringing the work of legal historians to an on-line readership is essential. I am moving on nonetheless because the blog can continue in one form or another without me, and because – with a new position and new program to launch – it is time for me to create something new.

For now, you can find me on occasion at Balkinization, and also at War Time. Whether my new project will lead to a blog or some other online form I don’t yet know. A while ago I blogged about the relationship between intellectual work and work in the garden. A garden is more than a respite from work, or a place where ideas find themselves. It is also an apt metaphor for my current state, especially as I wander around my very new garden in Atlanta. Sometimes in the garden you simply have to wait quietly, and see what will grow.

16 comments:

Gautham Rao said...

All students of legal history owe you a tremendous debt, Mary. Thank you for founding this great forum!

Tom Gallanis said...

Many, many thanks to you, Mary, for founding the Legal History Blog and making it such a success. Very best wishes on your new endeavors at Emory!

Alfred Brophy said...

We're going to miss you, Mary. On a happier note, welcome to the South!

Karen Tani said...

We will miss you so much, Mary, and work hard to sustain what you have built.

Josh Stein said...

You have a built an enduring community. For that, we owe you our appreciation and gratitude. Thanks!

Paul Harvey said...

All our best, Mary, you helped inspire me to form the Religion in American History blog. Congratulations on what you have achieved here.

Patrick S. O'Donnell said...

I can only second the chorus of above comments. Wishing you all the best in your academic and other pursuits, Patrick

Anonymous said...

No, No, I just found your blog today!!!!

Mary L. Dudziak said...

Thanks to all for your kind comments and good wishes! I am not going away, I promise. I will be here as a reader. And I will be online is some other form before too long. I just feel the need to wait until it germinates.

Many thanks to my colleagues Karen Tani, Dan Ernst, Tomiko Brown-Nagin and Clara Altman for all they've done for the blog. You have inspired me.

Serena Mayeri said...

Thank you for everything, Mary! You have transformed legal history online, and this remains the first and only blog to which I (enthusiastically) subscribe!

Dan Ernst said...

Thank you, Mary, for creating and perfecting this resource for the field and for others interested in legal history. We'll soldier on somehow without you.

Malick Ghachem said...

Congratulations Mary on a fantastic accomplishment/creation in the legal history blog and on your new role in Atlanta Much good wishes and we will look forward to continuing to read you.

Dean C. Rowan said...

Aside from stimulating my inherent interest in the subject, LHB has helped me with day-to-day professional work as a librarian on many, many occasions. Thank you, Mary, and thank all of the LHB contributors, for producing one of the most interesting and informative legal blogs around.

David Schorr said...

Thanks for the great blog!

Anonymous said...

Dear Prof Dudziak, thank you very much for creating and sharing with us your Legal History blog.

I absolutely agree with you and with Voltaire in Candide

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candide

"we must cultivate our garden"

I enjoy visiting the Legal History blog and I am shure it will keep growing with the academic inspiration of your followers

Kelly Kennington said...

I echo the above comments, and add that, like Serena, this is the only blog I read on a regular basis. I appreciate all that you have done to create such a vibrant scholarly community online!