I'm sad that Iain Dale has decided to give up regular blogging as announced on his site today. For all that he wound a lot of Lib Dems up (usually, but not always on purpose), he has been one of the people at the forefront of 'proper' political blogging for some time. Although now he runs a politics magazine and has a daily radio show, surely he is to be considered mainstream media?
I can understand Iain's dilemma. With his radio show, magazine and publishing company, he is definitely a busy boy. The latter two are definitely successes of his own making and he has established himself as a more than competent radio host. But I query whether he will become a little more vulnerable as a commentator if he is no longer seen to be at the top of the pile of Conservative aligned bloggers. His blog was his personal success story but he was still known as a blogger first and foremost. I hope, for his sake, that he continues to get the appearances he wants.
Anyone who has recently come to political blogging might not know quite what Iain achieved in his time as a blogger. His recent efforts have been pretty lacklustre by his own standards. But three years ago he really did come up with scoop after scoop as well as adding a decent amount of commentary which made him worth reading - for a Tory.
The worst news about Iain quitting blogging? Guido becomes the uncontested top dog...