Andrew Sullivan Goes Off-Grid

Andrew Sullivan has been blogging nearly ten years now and notes “it’s grueling month after month being responsible for up to 300 posts a week.”  So he’s taking a month off to avoid burn-out.

Which is fine, of course.  Sully is as prolific as any blogger out there.  Indeed, Jim Henley argues, he likely blogs too much.  (He said the same of me, too, but my production has been decidedly down of late.) But didn’t he just return from vacation?  Indeed, he seems to go on vacation with some frequency.  Or, perhaps, he merely announces a lot of vacations.

It may be an American vs. European thing. On this side of the Pond, we’re lucky to get more than two weeks a year off and we tend to take it in bites rather than all at once.  Over there, monthlong vacations are the norm and two months off is not unheard of.  They may have the right idea.

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Comments

  1. Bill H says:

    Yes, he did, it was shortly after the Iranian “revolution” as I recall and was at least a week. The guest bloggers were utterly awful; posts are mostly excerpts from other places in blockquotes with brief and inane comment, and the few items they actually write are drivel. I have removed Sully from my list until the first of Sept when he will presumably return.

  2. kth says:

    I like a lot of the co-bloggers Sullivan has had over the years, but I rarely read sites if/when the main author goes on vacation.

  3. E.D. Kain says:

    I think if I were a blogger by trade I’d probably blog whilst on vacation – the Tyler Cowen model. Maybe get my two under-bloggers to help fill in the gaps, if I were Sullivan and had under-bloggers.

    I’m never very impressed by the cadre of guests at the Dish. I think he should just leave it to Patrick and Chris while he’s away.

  4. Furhead says:

    It may be an American vs. European thing. On this side of the Pond, we’re lucky to get more than two weeks a year off and we tend to take it in bites rather than all at once. Over there, monthlong vacations are the norm and two months off is not unheard of. They may have the right idea.

    I used to think so. But now that I have two kids, I find myself more worn out on vacation than when I’m actually working. And I don’t mean physically; it is mentally tasking to answer a hundred different “Why?” questions per day.

  5. Having gone off the rails so frequently of late, perhaps this will help him regain a little consistency at the expense of his more recent blinkered, partisan, marginally crazy conspiracy rants.

  6. Michael says:

    And I don’t mean physically; it is mentally tasking to answer a hundred different “Why?” questions per day.

    Heh, I know what you mean. My 5 year old son wanted to know how many cars where were on earth the other day. He learned about Google.

    Also, there’s estimated to be about 6.4 Billion cars on the earth. If anyone cared.

  7. @ Michael — shit — I forgot about all the questions my daughter will eventually be able to ask me once she figures out google and wikipedia… I am in trouble as asking Why and How Come were my favorite games as a kid.

  8. Michael says:

    @ Michael — shit — I forgot about all the questions my daughter will eventually be able to ask me once she figures out google and wikipedia…

    Dave, the real scary part is all the questions she won’t need to ask you once she figures out google and wikipedia. Some answers are still best coming from a parent.