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The fact that Design Observer has expanded its stable of writers yet again is no surprise; on the blogging panel we shared with William Drenttel in Denver he said he wanted to bring in several more contributors. Today’s add of the Walker Art Center’s Andrew Blauvelt to their ranks is a great choice, but the second “new” writer confuses us. Just a few months after the back and forth with Speak Up where he highlighted the shortcomings of the quality of writing on blogs, what compelled Rick Poynor to return to blogging?

We do have this curious sentence, from a response to his original essay about blogging on Print’s site: “…I have nothing against blogs in general and if they paid, I would probably continue blogging.” Last we checked, though, DO doesn’t pay. To what does the blogosphere owe this honor, then? We deserve to know.

Maybe he just really, really missed us.