I do not begrudge Sullivan taking a few days’ break now and then, but I hope his understudy does not bore us too much with his persona. No matter how much work he does behind the scenes the rest of the time, I cannot get into him as a personality in his own right.
There is a way for a fill-in like Patrick Appel to keep a blog’s regular patrons fed, I think. That is to keep his own profile low, while throwing us the same kind of links and topics and raw material that he usually hands to Sullivan.
I could be wrong; maybe lots of people are thirsting to know Patrick better. Maybe no one cares too much and his personality is not expected to be interesting to Sullivan’s regular readership, and the idea is just to indulge him, give him something toward a potential career on his own blog.