Sad News In The Blogging World.

Walter Olson

Okay, this is not the end of the world type sad news, but it is sad to us and we think to the blogosphere as well.

Walter Olson, who runs the excellent and award winning legal blog, has decided to hang up his blogging hat as of May 31, 2020.

In a post announcing his decision, Olson writes in part:

Dear friends and Overlawyered readers:

I’ve been considering ceasing publication of Overlawyered over the past couple of years, and the time has finally arrived. I plan to publish its final post on May 31, ten days from now.

That will leave the site just one month short of a remarkable 21-year run. That makes it the longest-running general interest law blog anyone has been able to identify. It’s one of the monuments still standing from the heyday of individual blogging on current events and public policy, a sector that bloomed after 9/11 two years into our run.

It has been a pleasure beyond compare to write it. But blogs that publish every day (and with only a few exceptions, that is what Overlawyered has managed to do for all these years) are extraordinarily time-intensive for a single author, and my time is constrained.

Twenty one years.

That’s amazing for any blog and even more amazing considering Olson ran the whole thing by himself.

For 21 years he displayed a style and grace in both writing and moderation from which many bloggers should and could learn.

We will miss his posts and his perspective, but most of all, we’ll miss the occasional email between us sharing a link, or story suggestion.

People don’t understand how much time it takes to compile, write and run a blog. Content just doesn’t show up magically.

What we are trying to say is that although we will miss Overlawyered, Olson has earned the right to leave the blogosphere on top, and on his terms.

We wish him well in his future endeavors and life.

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