Over the last six months or so, however, a surge in traffic has transformed Whiskey Bar into something more like a jam-packed nightclub than the cozy neighborhood watering hole the site's owner, known as Billmon, had originally envisioned. His postings often generated hundreds of comments, each of which he moderated.
But running the website soon became a dominant activity in his day, and on June 28, Billmon announced: "Last call." Whiskey Bar would no longer accept comments.
"You've only got so many hours in the day, and like most bloggers, I've got a full-time day job, and something had to give," Billmon said. "In the end, monitoring comments on my blog was becoming a progressively larger part of my blogging time, and I just got to the point where I wasn't able to keep up with it."