Steven Who?

My semi-hiatus is about to coming to an end.

As many may have noticed (to the relief of some, no doubt!), I have not written any substantive posts in some time. This hiatus was for a variety of reasons. Partly, after blogging daily (and then at least multiple times a week) for twenty years (since February of 2003), I needed to take a breather. Further, I had some professional things that needed attending to (one of which was a paper I wrote for a conference, among other things that have been going on) and others were personal (travel out west for a wedding). I also wanted to see if I would miss it. In some ways, I missed it less than I thought I would, to be honest. But on the other hand, I still have things to say (although I worry sometimes that given the seeming stability of the readership, or at least the commentariat, I repeat myself too much).

Today is probably not the best day to make this announcement, as I soon need to get up from my porch, deal with some chores and errands, and then host a work party. And, then, tomorrow is Mother’s Day, with the commensurate blessing of adult children visiting.

But, I do anticipate getting back into the rhythm this week and even have some cause to think that my production will be higher than it was over the last several years.

At any rate, I do appreciate that anyone, anywhere, takes the time to read my words. So, for that, my thanks to you all.

Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. CSK says:

    I wondered where you were. Good to know everything’s okay.

  2. MarkedMan says:

    Welcome back

  3. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    While I sometimes (?) disagree with you, James, and the rest of the OTB pack (herd? horde? unruly mob?), I appreciate the work involved in keeping the community together, and thanks again for the invite into your head. Welcome back.

  4. Sleeping Dog says:

    Everyone deserves a break, once in a while. Look forward to your posts.

  5. al Ameda says:

    I also wanted to see if I would miss it. In some ways, I missed it less than I thought I would, to be honest.

    Very glad you’re back, and also glad that you have a life beyond the Commentariat.
    Take care and happy Mothers Day to you’re family.

  6. reid says:

    I do enjoy reading your posts. Thanks for taking the time.

  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    TBH, with your frequent well thought out comments on other posts, I hadn’t noticed you weren’t authoring posts. I look forward to more.

  8. JohnSF says:

    Your posts have been very educational for me re. the more arcane aspects of American politics. Thank you, and hoping for more!

  9. Blue Galangal says:

    I’m glad you’ve taken care of yourself, and also happy to hear you’ll be writing more.

  10. Tony W says:

    What you do here matters, and makes a difference in the world.

    Thank you for it, take the time you need, and we’ll be grateful when you return!

  11. Ol Nat says:

    I always appreciate your writing. We’re lucky to have you. Thank you!

  12. Barry says:

    Take care of yourself, Steve!

  13. Moosebreath says:

    Welcome back, Steve.

  14. Moosebreath says:

    Ack — “Steven”. No edit button in sight.

  15. Franklin says:

    I certainly appreciate being exposed to your well-researched viewpoints about political systems and more, even if I never have anything intelligent to add.