Today I was sad to learn that Ralph Luker is closing up shop over at HNN’s Cliopatria blog. Ralph has been blogging since before I was born – I mean my blog, of course. Early on it was the place to be seen and I certainly benefited from Ralph’s encouragement and support from making it on to the blogroll to the occasional hyperlink, and most notably receiving the Cliopatria Award for Best Individual Blog in 2007. Thanks to the many distinguished bloggers who made Cliopatria home over the years and thanks especially to Ralph for his hard work and commitment to maintaining the site. It is safe to say that Ralph is largely responsible for encouraging academics to blog and for giving the format the respectability it deserves.