Lawrence Lessig announced today that he’s more or less giving up blogging, and it’s striking to me how many of his reasons seem to correspond to my own very limited research on why it is people hang up the ol’ blog. To simplfy:
- Life and other work has intervened– Lessig is expecting another child and is taking on more time-consuming responsibilities at Harvard.
- Technologies of blogging has become somewhat problematic, especially in terms of spam. Though I have to say I think this is a kind of lame explanation/excuse since it’s easy to set up a blog to dissuade spam.
- Moving to other spaces– or, in Lessig’s case, putting his energies on other spaces he’s already mainitaining:
This isn’t an announcement of my disappearance. I’m still trying to understand twitter. My channel at blip.tv will remain. As will the podcast, updated as I speak. I will continue to guest blog at Huffington Post. And as Change-Congress.org enters a new stage, I hope to be doing more there. But this community, this space, this board will now rest.
Interestingly enough, I think the Lessig blog also exhibits the classic signs of ending blogs: a flurry of posts in recent days here in late August 2009, but none in July 2009, and one in early June.
But I have no doubt that Lessig will remain an important and prolific voice online and beyond the blogosphere.