It seems like my blog has become a magnet for spam and some really nasty trolls. I'm giving serious thought to shutting it down. I'm very busy with my job these days with the responsibilities piling up. I don't have the time I once did to spend with this thing.
I have students and colleagues, as well as a partner, for whom I am responsible. I see them daily, and their needs take precedence over what ever might come my way in text form through the cyber-ether. I don't have the time or the inclination to deal with obsessives who leave drive-by comments reminding me of how much they hate me and all I stand for. Instead of opinionating and rehashing art history lectures, perhaps I should be spending more of that energy in my studio, what little time I have right now to spend there.
This blog is a great outlet for me. I don't usually get to hold forth. Academic life, far from being free and open, comes with a million and one constraints, official and unofficial. Michael doesn't really share my interests much. I don't get to talk shop much with other artists these days like I once did. I don't really get much opportunity to opinionate. So, I would miss this little self-made soapbox and exhibition hall. But, it is getting to be another source of stress and irritation, and one that I can afford to lose.
I haven't made a decision yet, but faithful readers, I will keep you posted. Thanks for your thoughts, your comments, your criticisms, and dissents. I've enjoyed and learned from them all. Perhaps we can continue this conversation in some kind of modified form.