A salute to Feministe founder Lauren, who announced today that she's retiring after six years as a blogger, three at Feministe. Her colleague Jill is extremely talented, and Lauren writes that there will be two new bloggers taking her place, so no one should get rid of their Feministe bookmarks.
Lauren writes that the pressures of maintaining a widely read blog now that she's out of college have become too intense, and that after so many years at it, she is exhausted. "Yes blogging is fun," she writes. "But it is also difficult. It is difficult to get criticized and attacked and get up and chance more. Even when we don't use our real names or hang onto some sort of pseudonymity we put ourselves out there in ways that are emotionally risky. If you're good at this, you are personally invested in it. Responses from those who enjoy your writing and challenge your assumptions are an intrinsic reward, and those who lurk around waiting for you to fuck up, well, we have names for those kinds of people."
Broadsheet is still new to the blogging game, but I for one want to extend best wishes to Lauren, and I hope to see her writing lots more in the future -- whatever the forum. And everyone should check out Jessica at Feministing's visual evocation of her feelings upon reading of Lauren's retirement.