Blogging legend Dave Winer has announced that he plans to quit his blog later this year.
Winer is considered the godfather of RSS and his blog is ranked 112 in Technorati's ranking of most linked blogs.
In a post on Monday he announced his "retirement" by claiming that he had accomplished his mission of turning the internet into a platform (that is, people publishing and accessing information and applications on the internet rather then through OS X or Windows or Linux): "Blogging doesn't need me anymore".
In a second post on Wednesday, he added that the flip sides of the online publishing business had gotten the best of him. There is a online Dave and a real world Dave, he said, and the real Dave is sick with being held accountable for what the discussions that the virtual Dave engages in.
"Over time, this duality has gotten further off track to the point where people come up to the real guy in restaurants and shake the virtual guy's hand. People threaten to hurt the virtual guy, and mistakenly hit the real guy. The real guy has serious health issues and has to take care of himself, and everyone who reads this blog knows this, yet they still create huge battles with the guy, and otherwise considerate people stand by and watch and do nothing."
"Eventually the real guy decided enough of this bullshit. I just want to be the real guy."
Every journalist who has ever had a load of manure thrown at him for writing a story that points out something bad in Apple or Steve Jobs, knows exactly what Winer is talking about.
But if bloggers really want to make true on their claim of being journalists, they'd better get used to this.
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