Why I will stop blogging !!

Dave Winer of Scripting.com, also known as the father of blogs is planning to stop blogging. He reasons it out very rationally.

Just loved every word of it, especially the last paragraph. Couldn’t resist quoting the entire blogpost here on the hope that the father of weblogs wouldn’t be angry on this fellow blogger. This decision is creating very interesting conversations in the blogosphere.

From Dave Winer’s Why I will stop blogging

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.

It’s been a long time coming. When I started blogging, depending on how you look at it, either in 1994, 1996 or 1997, I had different goals, and happily the goals have been accomplished. Billions of Websites now no longer seems an outrageously ambitious goal. We’re pretty close to a billion, I suspect. The goal was also to create tools that would make it easy for everyone to have a site, and then more specifically a chronological one. That’s done.

I wanted programming to turn upside down, to have the Internet be the platform instead of Microsoft and Apple. That worked too. APIs on web apps are now commonplace, and a basis for comparison between offerings. While user interfaces have gotten better, of course, there’s been a steady flow of new ideas in how my work connects with yours, and vice versa, and we’re doing it without a platform vendor controlling it.

I wanted decentralized news. We can do for ourselves what the pros haven’t been doing. And politics — I don’t doubt that the House of Representatives will be filled with bloggers, if not in 2006, then surely in 2008. There’s no turning back on any of it. The 20th Century is fading and the new century is going strong. There really was a big shift as the calendar rolled over, and I’m totally glad to be a part of it.

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.

8 responses to “Why I will stop blogging !!”

  1. Niruthanam..Ellaam Orunaa niruthanam!

    It will automatically stop when google or any blog space provider comes up with this magical idea -‘U gotto pay 1 cent per post’!
    where ‘it’ refers to those million blogs which have just mushroomed just for the sake of it.



  2. Hope you aren’t considering following in Dave’s footsteps…you might be a “blog celebrity” in your own right but not yet 🙂



    Vevasthaye illaama oru bloggera thaakka IBM PC udachaane,
    avana niruthasollu naan nirutharen

    velavetti illaama work lendhu blog panraane,
    avana niruthasollu naan nirutharen

    oorukke tsunami vandhapodhu matter matteraa sitela publish panninaane oru seth kammunaatti(TOI)
    avana niruthasollu naan nirutharen

    Appo neenga blog pannradhu ungalukku thappunu thonaliya??



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    BlogDesam offers the following features, many of which are unique:

    For all the listed blogs (without the need of inserting any code/link into your blog):
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    Enable a visitor to navigate to other recent posts written under the same category, through single-click.(how)
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  5. //Hope you aren’t considering following in Dave’s footsteps…you might be a “blog celebrity” in your own right but not yet :)//

    Patrix, Thanks for your comment. But as someone said all good thigs should come an end. needn’t be immediate but…