Well, this isn't exactly a post I've looked forward to writing, but I wanted to say thanks and godspeed. I've already written Hilzoy privately, and there's really nothing I can add that hasn't already been said.
But it has been an honor to write with her. I've learned so much. And I think what I admire most is just her basic decency and kindness to everyone -- I think that really came through in the comments, and in the various posts around the 'sphere. It's easy to think "oh, that person is nice," without thinking of how much effort and determination actually goes into being that nice. It's hard to be generous in the heat of political debates that you care passionately about it. I certainly can't pull it off. But she can, and always has.
And I've also considered Hilzoy -- like Steve Benen -- a "blogger's blogger." Everyone who reads her appreciates the thorough research, but I'm not sure everyone realizes just how long it takes to do that volume of research -- and to do it consistently for years and years. It's been an inspiration to me on many occasions.
And to echo Von, I consider this her blog. She kept it going by herself for a long time, and has built it up. I know I speak for everyone else in saying that we are fully aware that it's a gap that can't be filled.
That's all I got. Hilzoy -- I will miss the hell out of you.
And I'm not going to try to talk you out of it. Nope, not going to do that at all. I'll just say that, if the mood strikes you, you should maybe watch minutes 2:15-2:44 of this scene from Almost Famous from time to time.