Friday, June 8, 2007

Steve Gilliard, RIP

I've got to a take a study break or I will bash my head into a wall or get a chocolate ice cream cone. As I'm an insulin dependent diabetic BOTH are bad for me.

Anyway, during breaks I'll sometimes surf my blog favorites. I went to Rachel's Tavern to read that, unfortunately, Steven Gilliard Jr. had died at the young age of 42.

Some info on Gilliard and why his death stands out:

  1. He was blogging way back in the day which humbles me as I just started this less than a year ago. After working as a journalist, he started writing for the Daily Kos when it had 4,000 visitors a day and it now has 500,000. He eventually moved on to start his own news blog.
  2. He's one of a few >bloggers who made a living as a blogger. The News Blog, linked below, was active enough for him to have a modest income. Not bad, not bad at all.

Here is his obituary on at the New York Times: Steven Gilliard Jr., 42, Dies; Founder of Liberal Political Blog

Here is his blog if you've never been to it: The News Blog and the older one pre-Blogger beta: The News Blog (blogging ended on this one in February 2007.)

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