Note that I would have posted a reply, but someone has changed the level of my certification to 'observer' and I can't post. I am not sure what they have in mind in terms of gauging how many people are interested if they have taken away the ability to indicate opinions. I am sure they have their reasons, but I confess to some annoyance about this.
FWIW -- I would prefer that Advogato stay and I do not see Blogs as an alternative for the way I use this resource.
It would be a shame if Advogato went away. I do not look here as frequently as I used to, but I do still check from time to time. It is one of the few places where you can find something worth reading without wading through all kinds of nonsense.
I also find this a very mannerly community. I like that.
It is rather a shameful secret, but I really liked this forum to publish an article when the need struck me. I knew that the article would get some eyeballs and those eyeballs would be ones I expected would understand what I had to say. I took a little care before posting, but did not torture myself with the level of care I would before a normal publication. That was good (sometimes).
Best wishes to everyone in this community. If anyone needs to find me, they can just 'Google' my name or even my handle and they will likely find me soon enough.
Ironically, I was just getting prepared to publish some things and would likely have announced them here. I am at a loss as to what would be a similar venue. I did not check them all out, but places like Blog Farms, etc. are not nearly the same (for me) as this is. I have plenty of my own sites and servers if I just want to blather...
Again, my best wishes to everyone.