Going Solo

by on August 6, 2009 · 15 comments

Adam Thierer recruited me to contribute to what became the Technology Liberation Front way back in August 2004, when I was fresh out of college and working as a writer at the Cato Institute. My first post was about DRM (I was against it). I remember going back and forth with Adam about whether there was really a demand for a libertarian tech-policy blog. I think the last five years have laid those questions to rest, as both our traffic and our list of contributors have grown steadily. The last year or so has gone especially well, as we’ve been joined by Ryan, Berin, and Alex and Adam inaugurated new features like his annual Best Tech Books series.

At the same time, I’ve been blessed with a steadily growing list of other blogging opportunities. I’m now nominally a regular contributor to at least 6 blogs. In practice, this has meant woefully neglecting all six of them. And at the same time, I’ve had a number of people complain that it’s impossible to follow my writing, scattered as it is in so many places.

So I’ve decided that now is a good time to “go solo.” I’ve launched a new blog called “Bottom-Up,” and I’m going to be ending or scaling back my involvement with all the other blogs to which I nominally contribute. This will be my last post at TLF, and starting tomorrow the vast majority of my blogging activities will be found at the new site.

Some of what I’ll be talking about will be familiar to longtime TLF readers. I did a post today on the decline of newspapers, a topic I’ve weighed in before. But I’ll also be covering some new ground. This post, for example, examines the why Darwin’s theory of evolution remains so controversial after 150 years. I hope you’ll check it out, and if it looks interesting, please subscribe.

In closing, I want to thank my fellow TLFers, with whom I’ve fought the good fight over the last five years. I’m excited to see what they come up with in the next five years.

Viva la (Technology) Revolution!

  • http://www.facebook.com/RichardBennett.Cal Richard Bennett

    So that's why you've been hiding, I thought it was something I said. Good luck with your blog.

  • http://www.tomwbell.com/ Tom W. Bell

    I've already subscribed to your new blog, Tim, and look forward to reading your posts.

  • http://www.techliberation.com Adam Thierer

    As I already told Tim in a private correspondence today, the TLF would have never been the blog that it is today without his prodigious and impressive contributions over the past 5 years. It is not an overstatement to say that, for many of those years, the rest of us here at the TLF were simply riding on his coat tails. We were just lucky to be along for the ride as he made the TLF more visible to the tech policy world. He brought us a significant portion of the audience and respect that we have to today and I cannot thank him enough for that.

    We very much look forward to your future work and we'd love to have you come back and contribute here in whatever capacity you wish in the future.

    Many thanks for everything you did for the TLF (and technology freedom!) through the years, Tim, and I know the best is still yet to come from you! I'm just happy I was there to see where it began.

    Yours in liberty, — Adam T.

  • Chad

    Hi Tim. Have missed you around here; I also thought it was something that Richard Bennet said. I have bookmarked your page.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.bangeman Eric Bangeman

    Best wishes Tim. I've enjoyed working with you at Ars and reading your stuff over here.

    Eric

  • http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~tblee Tim Lee

    Thanks guys!

  • http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~tblee Tim Lee

    Thanks guys!

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