The imminent demise of LibDem Voice raises a number of issues - not least for the LibDems, but also for the wider blogosphere. Rob Fenwick has run it from its inception and although it has never really caught on in the way ConservativeHome did, it has served as a valuable and sometimes controversial resource for LibDems to discuss matters of interest to them. There's nothing remotely similar which can carry on its work.
I suppose many will expect to me rejoice at LibDem Voice's demise, but I don't. Any forum which provides a place for likeminded people to discuss politics has to be a good thing, but it just shows that it's impossible to make it work unless, like Tim Montgomerie on ConservativeHome, you can devote yourself to it full time. I don't think Tim would disagree that in the six months he was working at 18 Doughty Street ConservativeHome suffered a little and that since he and Sam Coates have gone back to it more or less full time it has gone up another level.
In my own case, this blog only took off in the first half of 2006 because I had taken a six month sabbatical from work and was able to devote the hours necessary to develop it.
So I suppose the lesson from this is that it's not easy to make a blog work for a mass, participatory audience, unless you have the resources to devote huge amounts of time and effort to getting it off the ground in the first place and then maintaining it.
And finally, a word of thanks to Rob Fenwick and Mark Pack, the two key movers behind LibDem Voice. T'was a good thing you did.