When bloggers quit

So Andrew Sullivan, one of the most prolific and earliest bloggers, is going to hang up his keyboard.  I’ve seen many a blogger leave their blog, sometimes taking refuge in Twitter or Facebook, but Sullivan was a big one, one who made a blogging empire.  He was one of the bloggers us puny bloggers looked up to, aspired to be.

I was not a regular reader, but many of my regular readers were, so I often ended up reading his work.  He stuck with the political realm and as my online life shifted more into a focus on teaching, learning, and sometimes parenting, I didn’t feel the need to keep up.

Still, on a DVD somewhere, I have a clip of Sullivan talking on CNN about blogging, back when the moderator had to actually explain what a blog was.  The point of the conversation, which included Wonkette, now a sometime tv commentator, was that blogging didn’t have word limits the way newspapers and magazines do and that the distance between reader and writer was zero.  Readers were in conversation with writers and vice versa.

This whole new multi-way conversation was what made blogging so awesome.  Finally, we could talk back immediately rather than mailing a letter and waiting weeks to see if they were going to publish it.  The beginning of blogging was a big deal, and Andrew  was part of making it a big deal.  It’s changed the way we interact with information and for some of us, the way we write.

Blogging is still a thing.  There are lots of us still doing it, and just because a few people leave it doesn’t mean it’s dead.  There are still ham radio operators after all.