The Blogging world had someone show up at their door today bearing bad news.
The founder of Blog Roll Amnesty Day and a true giant of the Blogosphere has passed on.
God love her, it doesn't surprise me that the Den Mother of Blogistan was the first to break the bad news, gently.
Blue Gal has the details.
Jon Swift is no longer among us.
To those of us who are so lucky to reside on someone else's Blogroll on some obscure little Blog like mine, you have Jon Swift to thank.
His name was Al Weisel and he was an internet , Blogosphere, Master.
I have been reading about friends of his who actually knew him tonight and I can really say that he will genuinely be missed. The parallel's to Steve Gilliard have been mentioned a few times too.
I have to admit I came across both of these pundits late in the game in the age of the internet but like Kennedy, Martin Luther King and even George Carlin, their words, wit and wisdom live on in the binary code world we live in and are available to anyone with the courage and determination to find the truth in the world we live in also. Be it the past, the present or the future, there is an abiding sense of unvarnished truth and an irreverence that needs to be fostered in their missives.
God rest their souls and my sincere condolences to Al's family.
This little Rant Hole probably wouldn't be here except for Jon Swift and Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, I would have given up a long time ago.
You can express your condolences here, even if you have never heard of the man, he had a huge impact on creating a level playing field when it came to exposing new Bloggers to the world and will for many years to come.