Dave Winer says he will stop blogging
Dave Winer, one of blogging’s “pioneers”, says that he will stop blogging before this year is out:
I can do it, folks, I have already, in some sense, stopped one of my rivers, and soon, probably before the end of 2006, I will put this site in mothballs, in archive mode, and go on to other things, Murphy-willing of course.
So there’s the first part of my reason. Blogging doesn’t need me anymore. It’ll go on just as well, maybe even better, with some new space opened up for some new things. But more important to me, there will be new space for me. Blogging not only takes a lot of time (which I don’t begrudge it, I love writing) but it also limits what I can do, because it’s made me a public figure. I want some privacy, I want to matter less, so I can retool, and matter more, in different ways. What those ways are, however, are things I won’t be talking about here. That’s the point. That’s the big reason why.
Now, if you’ve been a long-time Winer reader, like I am, then you know that he has a tendency to spot off and irritate many people. There are even blogs dedicated to his inconsistencies and attacks on others.
It will be interesting to see if Winer actually stops blogging this year or not…
Update: Valleywag has a better idea as to why Winer’s quitting:
Matt Craven is the former editor & publisher of The Blog Herald. Currently, Matt is the co-founder of Bryghtpath LLC, a consulting practice located in Woodbury, Minnesota. Matt's presently looking for new blogging gigs. Ping him at matt (at) bryghtpath dot com. You can follow him on Twitter.
Looks like blogging is going to die then. I’m guessing this will be the first in the new series of “I’m leaving blogging” from the a-list.
I’m certainly not going to stop bloging…
Then again, I’m a B-Lister.
Funny, I thought blogging was about information and content, not perceived celebrity. Winer’s leaving is no loss except to his fanboy club.
>>”Funny, I thought blogging was about information and content, not perceived celebrity.”
No, Mike. That’s what it *used* to be about.