The plan is for normal service to be resumed shortly. We don't intend to go the way of Cllr Kerron Cross. KC has pulled the plug on his cheerful blog, without even posting the promised traveloguey stuff. Boo hoo. An explanation is promised in due course. But where will that appear? The world of the Labour Blog is turned upside down.
Will Parbury is not firing on all cylinders by any means.
Tom Miller 2.0 has "done a Kerron" and skulked away.
Recess Monkey was resting last time I looked.
Luke Akehurst is ticking over, but far from prolific.
Hamer Shawcroft's British Bullshit Foundation is still sadly on ice.
John Leech Watch is not paying attention to John Bull any more.
Idiots 4 Labour are cackling maniacally only to themselves.
Bloggers 4 Labour is still running a comprehensive feed, but not much else.
Fightback, replacing a similar Labour ultra blog, was KO'd in Round One.
Ridiculous Politics has also packed in the good fight.
That's ten significant obituaries or hiatuses in a couple of short years. A first XI adding Kerron back in. And of course there are many more. Some of these may come back from the dead. But has there been similar attrition in other parts of the political spectrum?
Has the advent of new investors at Labour Home, the advent of Labour List, cheeky chappie Tom Harris MP, beloved of the Tories, and the Go4th and Alastair Campbell axis stymied others? Perhaps for some proprietors it is competition from real life politics and/or family life? Or is it a rush of lively new voices?
UPDATE Thu 08:49: Pleased to see that John Leech Watch is not quite as dead in the water as I thought. And Luke is out of Hospital and possibly even living closer to his local truffles and champagne socialist bar, all the better to wheel himself there. Will Parbury is making blog-orphaning excuses in comments involving prolific tweeting and others are willing Kerron Cross to make a Kezia-like comeback.
Meanwhile I have added a classy video performance from Mr Tractor Production Statistics Gordon Brown - on global connectivity and anti-poverty - and also a secret seven of Labour freshies, all with NW or at least Northern connections, to the LOL bog roll.
HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. And I'll also be adding Paul Halsall's English Eclectic, soon as.