Tuesday night Democratic blogger and activist Ben Tribbett posted the following on his Facebook page:
Officially shut down “Not Larry Sabato” tonight. Been lots of fun, but I was writing it since April 2005 and I just can’t keep up with the needed updates anymore. If I have something to say that needs to be on a blog, there are many good options of where I can place it. Thanks to everyone who was a reader! I’ll still use this page to link to things if I write them elsewhere.
It was somewhat of a surprise to read those words, and yet it wasn’t. As Ben said, he’s been at it since 2005 and, during that time, he has also run campaigns and been involved in Democratic leadership and even branched out into some radio broadcasting. Nine years is a long time to keep a blog active and interesting for readers. I know because I started in the blogosphere in 2006 and have been at it non-stop ever since.
Back in the day, it was a Wild West atmosphere in the Virgina blogosphere. We’re matured and grown since then and, though I haven’t always agreed with Ben, along the way a sometimes begrudging respect grew.
Tuesday night I left a message for him letting him know that he will always have a platform here at LynnRMitchell.com if he needs it for a post although I realize his own side of the aisle would be his first choice. Who knows what’s in store for him? He may some day run for public office himself.
Here’s wishing Ben the best as he moves on to the next chapter….