September 3, 2018

Farewell to Advocatus Atheist

farewell embrace
Cue up the Queen song "Another One Bites the Dust" (which I am actually listening to at this very moment) and join me in bidding a fond farewell to Tristan Vick (Advocatus Atheist). He has decided to end his atheist blog and refocus his time elsewhere. His explanation for why he's doing this makes a great deal of sense, and I think it might be one of the best farewell posts I can recall seeing. When I go, I hope I'll be able to come up with something this classy rather than going full Eric Cartman (i.e., "Screw you guys, I'm going home!").

Since some of us have recently been discussing issues related to blog traffic (and the lack thereof), I can't resist highlighting one passage from Tristan's post with some relevance to that topic:
Many of my atheist friends have also moved on. Once prominent bloggers are now focusing their energy and activism into things closer to them, taking on more personal challenges, and living their lives.
I think he's right. There are many indicators that the demand for what atheist bloggers do has declined. I have certainly seen declining traffic here. I have also seen so many atheist blogs shut down that the number of active atheist blogs today is a fraction of what we had 10 years ago. Despite this decrease in supply, it does not appear that the demand has rebounded. Maybe it never will.

For the most part, those who have left atheist blogging have had some damn good reasons for doing so. Tristan is a good example of that. When he lays out why he's moving on, I find nothing with which I can argue. And even though I never expected blogging to be financially beneficial, I have no difficulty wrapping my head around what he's saying.

It is always hard to lose another valuable voice, but I think we have to trust that few make this decision lightly or without making sure it is the right decision for them. Thanks to Tristan for what he has contributed over the years. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.