Good things must come to an end. Or they become heavy, drag around and become irrelevant. Thus it must be, that the link loving Desipundit shuts down. Over the weekend, Patrix sent in a mail to the other Desipundit contributors about shutting DP down, and while some of us expressed surprise, it makes sense to close it. Ash has a post about it here.
While my own personal commitments do keep me busy, I am not yet the President of any country and do have time on my hands. When DP started it was one of the first places to do everyday links. Which was a shift away from the Weekly/ (moody) Monthly Blog Melas. It was highly relevant then. It gathered a consistent readership. But over time, I was getting a little annoyed with the constant nitpicking of some select readers who accuse that DP contributors were biased. Of course we are biased. How can you not be biased towards a better piece of writing? But as Ash also points out, it dilutes some of our own more personal blogging experience.
Being a DP contributor has been intensely rewarding in many ways. Not just the excuse to read many blogs, but being able to closely observe the various blogospheres and look at the patterns of communication between them. Interacting with these fine folks on an everday basis has been wonderful. It also means that we are privy to many conversations that I will miss. I’ve loved linking at DP, enjoyed the comment wars, the humour in self-aggrandizement and the sheer fun in receiving hat tips. There’s also a certain heaviness to this that I cannot place. DP has been a big part of my online life and routine. Goodbye DP!