Just kidding. The real harbinger was closing down the WSJ Environmental Capital blog in 2010:
So Long, And Thanks for All the Fish*
After more than two years and over 2,000 posts, Environmental Capital is closing its virtual doors.
It’s been, in equal measure, a fun, grueling, and educational ride.
Special thanks are owed to the folks who got it all started and kept it going—Mark Gongloff, Jeff Ball, and Russell Gold—not to mention all the Dow Jones and Wall Street Journal folks who fed the beast so well all this time.
Of course, the biggest thanks of all goes to our readers—both of you. You’re what got us out of bed in the wee hours every morning. Well, that–and the paycheck.
And you can still get your fix of environmental and energy news right here, at the WSJ Environment page and the Energy, Oil, and Gas page.Today we see that Speakeasy (which had been withering away) and The Numbers Guy (ditto) are goners:
A Note to Readers
Dear readers, The Numbers blog will no longer be updated as of July 2017. We will continue to look at the use of numbers in news, business and politics in our weekly column, and you can follow us on Twitter for the latest updates. Additionally, you can download the WSJ app for iOS or Android to follow Jo Craven McGinty and all ...
*The dolphin's sentiment from Hitchhikers Guide had previously been appropriated by David Gaffen when he left MarketBeat (now MoneyBeat, on blogroll at right), in April 2009:
...For the moment, though, it seems the administration, major banking executives, and others believe this situation can be handled through waiting it out, and that seems less likely.
Meanwhile, I have written for all of you, loyal readers of MarketBeat and The Wall Street Journal for more than three years, having started this blog on Feb. 27, 2006, before it was in the familiar blog format, before the markets went insane all at once. But all things must end, and I am moving along, leaving behind the column that I hope will continue and evolve, just as the markets do. Many thanks for all of the appreciation and comments during what has been an exhilarating, sometimes exhausting, but always interesting period.