Darian Aaron of LOLDarian has announced that he is bringing his blog to an end. It deeply saddens me to hear this news but I must confess that I understand. But I just want to publicly say Darian, you are an inspiration to many and your site will truly be missed.
I would visit your site often to learn about news important to LGBT individuals of color. I honestly feel you had the premiere site of black gay blogsmen. I wish you well on your future endeavors. When Keith Boykin announced he would be retiring his blog I was at a loss and wondered where would I turn to learn of news important to me (cause Lord knows I'm not going to receive it with mainstream media). You stepped up to the plate and didn't miss a beat. You carried the torch phenomenally for four years. Now it's time for you to pass that torch on to someone else.
Darian's goodbye seems to be just one more in a trend of black gay bloggers signing off on their sites. QueerKidOfColor, TheBrothaLuv, and Social and Political Thought are just a few of the sites that I used to enjoy that are now defunct. But maintaining a blog is a lot of hard work. It's generally done with no financial reward and significant sacrifices made in some area of your life. So to Darian (and to all the sites that I now miss) I enjoyed you tremendously while you were around and I hope that your talent, voice and energy are not vanishing from the horizon but transitioning to bigger and better things. Take care.