A few minutes back, Patrix at Despipundit puts this out.
We are shutting down DesiPundit. Although it has been a great experience, it requires time and dedication that I can no longer afford to give. Other personal and professional commitments must take precedence.
I still can't believe it.
I can understand the demands on time and our lives that blogging asks for. And we do it because we love it, even though we put other stuff aside at times to blog. Just like we put aside blogging some times to do other stuff. As bloggers, I think all of us face it at various times. I know how I've fallen back on my posting on both my blogs and it doesn't make me feel good at all.
But these guys are shutting down Desipundit. No!
I wrote an obit when Go 92.5FM died and I certainly do not want to be writing an obit for Desipundit ! I'm getting a bit tired of seeing things I like just randomly..you know..die.
Isn't there another option here ? Can't they hand over to some one else ? Isn't there any justice anywhere in the world ?
Update: It is for real. Here are posts from these Desipundits, which kind of puts things in perspective from their p.o.v.
Ash: [Link here]: But having thought over it, I think it is for the best to shut the blog down. The reasons are not emotional, but purely practical. It has frankly been taking way too much of our time. We’re grad students, and time is our most precious commodity. Personally, the next year in particular is very important. Spending a minimum of two hours a day reading a large number of blogs, every single day, is most certainly not the best use of our time.
Neha V [Link here]: Good things must come to an end. Or they become heavy, drag around and become irrelevant. Thus it must be, that the link loving Desipundit shuts down. Over the weekend, Patrix sent in a mail to the other Desipundit contributors about shutting DP down, and while some of us expressed surprise, it makes sense to close it.
Saket urf. Vulturo [Link here]: Desipundit was not merely a blog, It was a phenomenon. The kind of trust, the kind of devoted readership, and the kind of popularity that DesiPundit enjoyed was nothing short of sensational. It was a great experience for me, to be in the thick of things, especially when Desipundit was driving public opinion and creating awareness about contentious issues, e.g. the IIPM wars, or the recent campaign against Blog censorship.
Founder Patrix [Link here]: The decision to shut down DesiPundit was neither easy nor taken in any haste. To be honest, I had been contemplating it for quite sometime while also thinking of any alternatives that might do justice to the concept of DesiPundit. I may be villified for shutting down one of the desi blogosphere’s favorite destinations but trust me, the decision to do so was one of the hardest I have had to make in recent times and it gives me no joy to do so. I also wanted to gauge the reactions before elaborating on the reasons.