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Everybody needs a break once in a while

Another great Blogspotter post from Frank Sennett, citing a Wall Street Journal piece on what happens when bloggers try to take a vacation. From the article:

A banner stripped across the top of the Daily Dish declares that the popular Web log’s host, Andrew Sullivan, has ‘gone fishing.’ Mr. Sullivan declared a two-week vacation and opted to leave his political blog behind.

Several thousand of his readers have done the same.

Despite the efforts of three verbose guest bloggers, replacements handpicked by Mr. Sullivan, the site’s visitor tally has fallen.

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I don’t really consider myself a “guest blogger” in this case, more of a caretaker, really, making sure the plants are watered and the fish are fed. I offered to help keep things at a slow idle when I saw that DFO was coming back to the blog multiple times a day while he was supposed to be on vacation. Nevertheless, this article is a very timely piece of perspective considering some of the problems we’ve had this week.

Fortunately, this group has been, for the most part, very understanding and supportive in Dave’s absence. According to the story, though, not all bloggers are quite so fortunate. Romenesko hasn’t had a vacation in 7 years. That just ain’t right.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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