Let's take a moment now to remember those who fell in 2011. May their short lives be a reminder to other photobloggers. If you're considering snuffing your blog in 2012, just remember that someone cares. Someone is reading you. Choose life instead!
Nowhere Man (2010 - 2011) — A true original, Andrew Stark's writing was as fresh and wacky as anything online before it ended this spring as suddenly as it began.
Amy Stein (2006 - 2011) — One of the original oldschoolers, Stein's blog has slowly faded as she's migrated to Twitter/Facebook. No posts in the past 5 months, it can only be presumed dead. (Update 12/30: "Reports of my death are mildly exaggerated!" tweets Stein, whose blog absence is explained by her recently becoming a mom)
Exposure Compensation (2006 - 2011) — Cause of death unknown. Miguel Garcia-Guzman was going every day like a rocket before suddenly dropping off the face of the blogosphere.
5B4 (2007 - 2011) — Although last rites have not yet been read, 5B4 hasn't had a pulse in several months. Big changes for Jeff Ladd as he had a firesale of books, moved to Cologne, and his writing was elevated to print form. A void in the blogosphere which has yet to be filled.
Down Or Out (2006 - 2011) — Mikael Kennedy put to rest the online version of his ongoing Polaroid series, now archived under Passport to Trespass. Some books still available but no new posts.
Words On Photography (2009 - 2011) In poor health for most of its short life, Tom Leininger's interesting blog finally succumbed in 2011. (Update 12/27: Tom explains why he stopped)
Photo Musings (2006 - 2011) — A few years back this was daily reading, but it has faded. Tim Atherton made a few stabs at resuscitation in 2011 but it's now a ghost of its former self.
Kurt Tuck (2009 - ?) — False Alarm. Pulled a Lazarus on us all.
Darius Himes (2007 - ?) — Same deal. Appeared lifeless before miraculous Christmas Eve revival. Himes has a lot of plates in the air.
Manchester Photography (2007 - 2011) — Mark Page wrote more than 1500 posts before petering out this year. Officially bit the dust 2/21/11, sort of. He will be missed.
Mark Power (2008 - 2011) — Never a very regular poster but when he did write it was some of the most, er, powerful commentary on the web.
Shane Lavalette (2006 - 2011) — For a while Lavalette was on a run, reviewing photo books left and right, but it never turned into an ongoing thing and the blog now appears dead.
Rachel Hulin (2008 - 2011) — Hulin suspended her blog for maternity leave, and it's still in limbo. A new baby tends to put priorities in perspective in a hurry.
While Seated (2007 - 2011) — During the glory years Michael David Murphy consistently churned out quality pieces. His archives are still a rich resource of past articles, especially for street photography, but new posts are no longer being generated.
Daniel Shea (2007 - 2011) — A blog recounting Shea's various photo projects and adventures, this blog gave great insight into the daily workflow of a fineart photographer. When Sheas' Plume finished the blog was killed off.
Because It's There (2010 - ?) — One of the undead roaming the blogosphere. Philippe's blog may still be revived but hasn't moved in a few months.
Touching Harms the Art (2006 - 2011) — Stick a fork in it already.
Photography Interviews (2009 - 2011) — A tragedy this one died so young. It showed promises of great content but never made it out of the crib.
A Photo Student (2009 - ?) — James Pomerantz was going strong for a while. Not sure what happened, or even if it's dead for good. School demands? General waning of photoblog culture? (Update 12/27: Pomerantz says that most of his energy is now going to The New Yorker's Photobooth blog)
Facebook (2004 - ?) — Tough to forecast the future of a 7-year old but at this point it appears bound for immortality. May convert the rest of us into zombies in the process.
If you know of others which should be added to the list, or if I've listed any here in error, please let me know.