I did not know Dean Allen. But you couldn't have been a blogger in the early 2000s without coming across, and admiring and swooning over, Textism - Dean's blog. I was no exception. In fact, I was still subscribed to Textism's RSS feed until I heard the news. Likely a 15 or so year old subscription.
There have been some lovely things written about Dean that I've read over the last 24-hours.
Along with hundreds of tweets. I'm sure there will be more.
I read every word of these posts. It is nice that these people have their own blogs where they can post more than just a pithy remembrance, but something that can truly reflect their feelings going through this loss.
What Dean's passing reminds me of is how much I miss really great personal blogs. But it seems like they are coming back stronger than ever. I really hope they are.