The news was lost in the hubbub of a billion blogs, but Web historians may record it as a turning point: Blog pioneer Dave Winer announced today that he’s hanging up his keyboard.
Winer’s software largely created the medium in the 1990s and his Scripting News is the Internet’s longest-running blog. But today’s entry says he’ll stop blogging later this year. He said he’s accomplished his goals of making it easier for individuals to create chronological Web sites, decentralizing the news and making “the Internet be the platform instead of Microsoft and Apple.”
In 2004 he moved to Seattle for a short time to organize bloggers, but he’s now based in Berkeley, Calif.
“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,” Winer wrote. “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.”