Jessica Wilson and Benj Hellie are killing "For the Record," their outstanding political blog. Is this a dominant trend for political-type blogs that are (more or less) solo efforts?
Now, four years and 1200 posts later, we feel it is time to hang up our blogging pen. Thanks to the herculean efforts of many of the voices listed above, political blogging has become a full time job; fatigue finally set in for us.
That sentiment is surely widespread -- after all, it's true. An individual can only provide thoughtful political commentary in blog post form for so long before bringing others in and cutting back drastically, or going the way of fafblog!, Leiter Reports (the political version), and so many others.
Maybe it's only natural to have fun with it for a while, then to become tired of it. Just like, say, a ski vacation -- you ski for a week and it's been great fun, but then you're ready to leave mountain country and return to normal life. But if you weren't there at the start, it's almost impossible to break into the read liberal blogosphere at this point with an individual blog. Which leaves, I suppose, sites like Daily Kos.
So if the blogosphere isn't just dying altogether (and I think it's probably peaked in terms of influence, but is enough of a fixture not to just fade away completely), then voices are being consolidated. Since the voices remaining are multi-contributor blogs, this may not be a problem... but isn't it somewhat troubling that the blogosphere is starting to mirror the corporate media, insofar as there's the New York Times and the like, and then Kos, MoveOn, and blogs of that ilk? Perhaps Kos isn't driven by corporate interests like CNN is, and perhaps at this point contributors have more opportunity to voice opinions which differ from the party line, but it's not hard to imagine the future of the blogosphere looking more and more like the future of the corporate media. If you're a cynic or a nihilist, there's obviously no cause for concern, because progress is a myth and really, when's the last time the world wasn't falling apart? But otherwise, maybe it is.