Last week, word spread through the blawgosphere that "Ed." — the anonymous editor of the law blog carnival known as Blawg Review — had died. I learned of his death via Bob Ambrogi's Law Sites. Bob reproduced the tweets posted by Ed.'s son to the @blawgreview twitter feed.
Ed. inspired many of us to take chances with our writing, to stretch a bit. He also helped develop a community of sorts that was different from any I had ever been a part of up until then: a community of interest that was not bound by space or time. I was drawn in and hosted five editions of Blawg Review over the years. (Here's Ed.'s introduction to my fourth: What is Hip?)
We had the opportunity to meet when Ed. was in Boston a few years back. (He never allowed his face to be photographed — part of the whole anonymity thing, which he relished.)
Please take the time to read In Memoriam: A Final Blawg Review. It begins and ends at the Blawg Review site, and includes a circle of posts authored by some of the key hosts from throughout Blawg Review history.