Blogger father resigns from Google

Search company Google has lost the services of Evan Williams, father of the Blogger Web logging service.

Williams resigned from Google effective Friday, he wrote in a posting to his personal blog Monday (http://www.evhead.com/.) Williams joined Google in February 2003 when the search giant bought Pyra Labs, the company that created Blogger in 1999. Williams was a Pyra Labs co-founder as well as its chief executive.

Google didn't immediately respond to calls seeking comment.

In a rambling blog entry dated Monday, Williams stated he decided to leave Google to contemplate starting another company, although he has no concrete plans currently to do so, and to spend time resting and pursuing other interests. He wasn't pressured by Google to leave; on the contrary, Google management gave his Blogger team plenty of free rein, he wrote. Rather, his resignation has more to do with his "stubbornly indepedent-minded" nature, he wrote.

"When I started at Google, I knew I was giving up my independence and knew I probably wouldn't like that eventually. So I promised myself I'd stay at least a year. I stayed for a year and eight months and have had a fun, fascinating, and extremely educational time. I'm honored to have been a part of Google for such a historic period," Williams wrote. "If I was going to work for anyone, I'd work for Google. It's, basically, just not in my nature."

Regarding the future of the Blogger service, Williams wrote that it's in "excellent hands" and "in the hands of an awesome team."

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