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Andrew Sullivan to end Dish blog after 15 years

Andrew Sullivan to end Dish blog, focus on health, family and possibly a new book

Andrew Sullivan has decided to end his blog, the Dish, after nearly 15 years, according to a post he published Wednesday afternoon.

Sullivan, the former New Republic editor and author of four books, said he decided to stop writing daily items so he can focus on health, spend more time with his family, and write longer essays and possibly a fifth book.

"Although it has been the most rewarding experience in my writing career, I’ve now been blogging daily for fifteen years straight (well kinda straight)," he wrote. "That’s long enough to do any single job. In some ways, it’s as simple as that. There comes a time when you have to move on to new things, shake your world up, or recognize before you crash that burn-out does happen."

It was not immediately clear when Sullivan's final Dish item would be published — or what would become of his subscriber-supported website. The 51-year-old, who was born in England, has been living in the U.S. since the 1980s and has previously written the blog for Time, the Atlantic Monthly and the Daily Beast.

Widely considered one of the most influential voices in the political blogosphere, Sullivan, who is gay, has also written extensively on gay issues and the legal battle over same-sex marriage during the course of his career.

His decision to step away from the blog drew a round of praise on social media, largely from other journalists who considered him a longtime inspiration.

"Sad to see maybe the last of the great blogs — & also one of the first — go," Buzzfeed Editor in Chief Ben Smith wrote on his Twitter account, "but there's a time to every purpose etc."

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