"Yes, I'm leaving my baby (or is it an adolescent by now?)," Williams wrote Monday. "As of this Friday, I will no longer be employed by Google."
After acquiring Blogger, Googleand .
Since the all-stock sale of Blogger, Google alsoin an IPO that out of its founders and presumably provided Williams with enough cash to not work for a while. He wrote that while he had entertained the idea of starting a new business, he would be taking time off to think before starting anything new.
In an interview, Williams said Blogger had at least doubled in size and perhaps tripled since Google acquired it, then with 1 million users.
In his post, he anticipated speculation about an acquisition gone awry and denied any ill will against the company.
"Leaving was entirely my decision," Williams wrote. "They even offered that I could start something else within the company, if I wanted. The reason I'm leaving probably comes down to personality more than anything. I've just always been stubbornly independent-minded--even when it wasn't necessarily in my best interest...If I was going to work for anyone, I'd work for Google. It's basically just not in my nature."