All good things must come to an end.
In 2005, I started blogging about Ohio politics and the law while still in law school. At the time, it was fashionable to write under a pseudonym. I chose the name “Modern Esquire” as I thought the marriage of “Modern” reflected the new communication technology of blogging and later, social media to “Esquire,” the law, which is generally regarded as somewhat anachronistic and resistant to change (and, let’s face it, it’s pretentious as hell), was a great reflection of what I was doing as a blogger. What I thought was a symbol of balance in my life, I later learned would be a symbol of duality.
In law school, I had no clients in which my political writings might create potential ethical conflicts. Even after I passed the bar, I generally worked in law firms small enough (and for two years I worked for myself) that I knew my writings created no ethical conflict with the clients I (or my employer) represented. Modern overpowered the Esquire. Being Modern has been awesome, and it’s helped me be able to handle a recession that practically bankrupted me. I’ve been able to build relationships across the State I would not have otherwise. It’s been an incredible experience.
I generally have avoided talking about myself personally on this site. Many who have learned who I was asked me how I could balance the demands of a legal practice and the demands of blogging. The reality is I couldn’t. The demands of blogging required me to stay up sometimes until 4 a.m. to draft posts that I’d schedule to post throughout the day. It was a labor of love, but it was unsustainable. I’m amazed that I’ve managed as long as I did.
But now the Esquire part has started to overpass Modern. After nearly seven years of practicing and scraping by, I’ve started a new job that fortunately pays well, is intellectually challenging, and is simply too time consuming for me to Modern anymore. It deserves and requires my full attention. Furthermore, I can no longer write a post and not risk a conflict of interest because I simply cannot know all of the potential conflicts anymore. It’s a risk I cannot ethically accept. So, Modern has to go.
Over the years, I have been moved by the activism and support across Ohio. From the Democratic takeover in 2006 to Obama’s election in 2008 (and the Democratic takeover of the Ohio House) and to Issue 2 last year, I have been proud to be a voice in the crowd. Even in defeat in 2010, you were there with us. And I have been humbled by your support, your praise, and yes, your criticism.
This is an incredibly difficult and personally painful decision for me to make, but it’s one I cannot ignore and clearly must make. I’ve spent seven years in being a part of building an environment for strong progressive activism in social media here in Ohio. But I know it was being done without me, and I know it will continue to grow without me. This site has an incredible group of writers and an even more impressive base of support that I know will continue to grow. I’ll be watching and pulling for this site to continue to build on its success.
I’ll still be involved in Democratic politics, but as myself, not Modern.
Thanks for your support.