Torontoist, a blog about Toronto and interesting things that happen in it, is scheduled to be thrown out the window at the end of the year. And gone with it will be a good chunk of the humour and creativity from the local blogosphere.
For four years, Torontoist was a group city blog that fed idea-starved reporters, angry commenters and, generally, those interested in what was going on around them.
On Friday it was announced that Torontoist, a NOW Best of Toronto critics' pick and readers poll winner several times over, will be shutting its doors on January 1, 2009. The essential reason given, though a bit strange, was the recession.
This is sad news for the city of Toronto, and even more so for the author of this post. I helped found Torontoist and oversaw its development for a number of years. It continued to thrive, in terms of solid content anyway, for a good while after I left. I selected it in this year's Best Of as best Website, though admittedly I was a bit hard on the current staff (tough love, OK?).
But I also shed a tear as a reader. With Torontoist leaving, the city is left with very few worthwhile blogs, present company excluded. I shudder to think of the heir apparent being the always unsatisfying BlogTO, but I suppose it will have to suffice. At least until Torontoist can restart (the door was left open for another version of the site to restart, perhaps when the economy and advertising each pick up) or something entirely new. Either is more than welcome.
There will be a more formal eulogy in my Web Jam column in this Thursday's NOW.