RIP PBJ: 2002-2019

I’ve decided to end Professor Barnhardt’s Journal.

It’s been a great 17 years, but it’s just not worth the time anymore. If there are 3 or 4 visitors in a day, I consider that a good traffic day. The site started as a web magazine and then over time become more of a blog and the traffic and interest just didn’t continue. Oh well. On to other things.

I’ll keep the archive up for people who happen to visit and want to see what it was all about.

You can still visit my personal site. You can sign up to get emails when I update the site, follow the RSS feed, and you can even get a handwritten Letter mailed to you four times a year.

Thanks for reading PBJ all these years, and a special thank you to all of the contributors who helped me get this thing started. I couldn’t have done it without you.



16 years of PBJ

First, a thank you and hello to all of the new visitors I’ve had this week. I’ve discovered that the secret to getting tons of traffic is to put “Matt Damon” and “SNL” in the headline.

Second, today is the 16th birthday of Professor Barnhardt’s Journal. It’s more of a blog now instead of the magazine-like format it used to have, with essays and interviews and fiction and theme issues. Here’s our very first issue, Why I Write, with essays from Roger Ebert, Lawrence Block, T.C. Boyle, John Scalzi, and others.

(And here’s more, from last year’s 15th anniversary post.)

PBJ at 15

Today is the 15th anniversary of Professor Barnhardt’s Journal. It’s more of a blog now but we used to have original essays and stories and interviews. Maybe we’ll get back to that at some point. Anyway, I thought I’d link to some of my favorite pieces and posts over the years.

Why I Write – the first issue, with Roger Ebert, Lawrence Block, TC Boyle, & others
Lab Results: Love Potions One Through Eight, by Adam Finley
Guilty Pleasure: Unemployment, by Adam Finley
Two Writers Drinking, by Will Leitch and Bob Sassone
Rod Serling, by Jonathan Lethem
Words of Wisdom, by Bruce Campbell, Michael J. Nelson, Laura Miller, & others
Death Rat!, by Michael J. Nelson
Dispatches From An Embedded Office Worker, by Joe Lavin
The Ghost of Toto, by Tod Goldberg
Do Not Try This At Home, by Ken Levine
Wife, by Bob Sassone
Kevin Gilbert: 20 Years Later, by Bob Sassone
Design For Dying, by Renee Patrick
Smith Street, by Will Leitch

That’s just a small sampling. There’s more in the archives on the right!

Ten Years! (Part 7)

Besides great essays and interviews and book excerpts and all that, I also try to post or link to cool things I’ve found while surfing around the web. Here are a few videos you might have missed over the years.