As some of my three hardcore readers know, I will soon be taking a new job. Yes we’re leaving Chicago for the mild, smalltown charms of Champaign-Urbana. And I’m leaving behind the Newberry Library for the University of Illinois Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations where I will be a professor of Labor Education. I’ll be teaching labor history, labor law, and other things to union members and other interested working people.
So what to do with Bughouse Square the blog? The distractions of negotiating the job offer, selling our apartment, and looking for a new home have been taking me away from my blogging duties, and Bughouse Square has been pretty lame since April. Also the name, concept, etc., are connected to Chicago, the Newberry and our free speech exhibit “Outspoken.” Maybe the concept won’t transfer to the new situation.
So the question is, should I retire Bughouse Square and start a new, more explicitly labor-themed blog? Or should I just keep going with “Bughouse Square” as the title and shift the content? Maybe fill out the blog description so readers with no Chicago connection will get the point of the title? Maybe invite some of you to guest post (on labor issues, no naughty nurses, Jeff) so as to recreate virtually a bit of the Bughouse Square of yore?