The TimesDaily.com published an article in June of 2007 called Dead Blogs. And on our topic du jour they had this to say:
Dead blogs litter the Internet like squashed bugs on a windshield during a warm Southern evening. Since their christening in 1999,millions of people have dabbled with blogs only to abandon them after a few months ... "I think a lot of people started blogs because they got excited; the hype was there, but they really didn't have a purpose," said futurist Jim Carroll, whose clients include Walt Disney Corp., Nestle' and NBC. "There's only so much you can read about somebody else's life before you get bored with it," he said ... The blog rush has slowed down from 175,000 new blogs posted every day in July 2006 to 120,000 new blogs per day as of March, according to Technorati, a blog tracking company.
And you can see this here in the beautiful San Gabriel Valley where blogs, once numerous and lively in their opinions, have pretty much faded away. In Sierra Madre during the Measure V conflagration there were quite a few of them, most of which took the opposing view.
Something I have been wanting to do for a while is publish my Dead Blogs List. These are blogs that played an important role in controversies that are still with us today, yet somehow ran out of gas and stopped writing new articles. And a few of them can still be found on-line, like armadillos in Texas that didn't quite make it to the other side of the I-40. Let's dig in.
Sierra Madre - A View From The Canyon: The last time someone posted on this site was in December 24, 2008, and it informed us that there is a Red Alert for mudslides in effect. And anyone going to this site now looking for information might assume that Red Alert has been in effect for almost 8 months. I still have this one linked on my site because you never know when the smell of blood might cause it to rise from its box and start flapping around once again. Written by a woman who referred to herself as 91024, it took decidedly pro-dirt positions during both the Measure V and 2008 elections. What is of real interest is this site's archives because they truly are a grab bag of every canard and red herring launched during our last 2 electoral battles. Weird interviews with Enid Joffe, a long post debate where Glen Lambdin makes a hilarious error on our City budget and then tries to deny it, the big lie about Sierra Madre's so-called "Family Values" ordinance, and quotes like this: "So now it's time to discuss the budget; there has been a lot of 'talk' about the budget and audits, all talk and no facts." Of course, that was before it was revealed that the budgetary savants employed by the Gang of Four had misplaced a million bucks, and everything that 91024 decried here actually turned out to be, well, facts.
inSierraMadre.com: The last time a new post appeared on this one was in February, and it was to inform us that a Red Flag alert had been canceled. Good news that will apparently be with us forever. On the surface this was a fluffy news exercise with pictorials on the Centennial Opening Night Gala (lot's of pics of well-fed Sierra Madre socialites in period clothing), a 4th of July Parade, the 40th Annual Mt. Wilson Trail Race, various Pancake Breakfasts, and the memorable Easter Egg Hunt of 2006. But as with 91024's digital time capsule, there are some gems to be dug out from the archives. My favorite is the two interviews with Joe Mosca where he takes decidedly different sides on the Downtown Specific Plan debate. You can actually read as our two-faced City Council fellow turns his back on everything he promised his supporters in 2006 and confirms his allegiance to the Dark Side. The flip and the flop quite neatly delineated. Worth a look.
The Foothill Cities Blog (also here): Hard to believe it now, but at one time this was the center of many a debate on important issues facing the highways and byways of our little corner of the San Gabriel Valley. And nowhere was the outrage over Sacramento's war on California's small cities more closely detailed than here. At its height the FC Blog truly was a force to be reckoned with. So what happened? There are two theories. The first one is that its anonymous publishers, Publius and The Centinel (sic) of the San Gabriel Valley, simply lacked the guts to pull it off. Wanting to be a center of vivid controversy in hopes of driving traffic, they began to take on a wider range of contributors. Some of whom did create a large amount of commentary. But once things started to turn nasty, the FC's editors began complaining that the responsibility of editing posts was onerous, at which time they initiated a form of censorship over their writers. Leading to a drastic decease in credibility, particularly among the malcontents that comprised their base readership. The other theory, which I subscribe to if only because it annoys all the right people, is that The Centinel of the San Gabriel Valley was none other than former Pasadena Star News luminary Todd Ruiz, currently teaching English somewhere in N.W. Africa. His departure for the sandy Sahara does neatly coincide with the FC Blog's collapse, plus it would explain the lack of vision and insight that typified the site during its long slide into senility.
Under The Dome: During the blog boom The Pasadena Star News, forever in the throes of its ongoing struggle for relevance, decided that it to would get into the game. And what they came up with was Under The Dome, a sometimes sardonic "institutional blog" headed up by the aforementioned Todd Ruiz. And the commentary could at times be both biting and interesting, which is perhaps why the PSN later gave Todds-o the heave-ho. Now under the aegis of the plodding Dan Abendschein, it hasn't posted anything new since June 10th. Which is probably a good thing since Dan's idea of cutting edge blog reportage leans towards water rates and fiscus trees. It also includes a list of blogs that you can link to, most of which are either dead or on life support.
The Sierra Madre Cumquat: The link to The Cumquat is actually live again, though what it takes you to is a list of the services provided by its internet host, Go Daddy. This is probably because the current owner of the Cumquat brand, former Sierra Madre Rotary Club President B.D. Howes, worked out some kind of money saving deal with them. (What one of our former Rotary Club big domes is doing owning the rights to what was once an obscene website being a whole other story.) Now we've all discussed Jim Snider and The Cumquat here many times. It was frankly obscene, it attacked good and civic-minded people in dishonest and slanderous ways, and it brought great shame to this community. This linked April 2007 article in the Los Angeles Times being a good example. And that it had the support of anti-Measure V leaders such as then Mayor John Buchanan (thus earning him the nickname "Mayor Smut"), was outrageous. But I have a new theory. This obviously DIC orchestrated attack on Measure V supporters might very well have saved this town from the condo-glut fate of places like Monrovia and Asuza. Why? Because it united a good portion of an outraged town against these people, and for Measure V. It was a tactic that backfired horribly on those who funded it. In the end it was just flat out feeble-minded, and all that remains now is the stench that clings to its enablers like skunk.
The Sierra Madre Cactus: Someday I am going to have the privilege of meeting this guy, whoever he is. And I want to invite him to write for The Tattler, because in many ways he was an inspiration for this site. SMC was one of the most hilarious assaults on the pomposity and fraudulence of the anti-Measure V "movement" ever. Only 14 posts were made, and then it went away. But could it ever deliver a punch. Check this out from the last article ever printed there, "It's Official - Beth Buck is GONE." Beth Buck, resident loony 'unbiased' journalist writes about her NO on Measure V supporters (the ones who paid her $10,000 to help fight Measure V): The only thing I know for sure is that all the people who worked on the No on V campaign - you are incredible individuals. Especially my good friend Jim Snider, who without him as my alter ego, I wouldn't get to write the stuff I really feel ... With full time jobs (except for me), with families, with illnesses, mostly nausea from reading my rants, with little League, with all the obligations and everyday details of life, you still managed to give more of yourselves than you probably thought you had to give and I really appreciate the 10 grand ... I realize the Yes crowd, despite being complete a*******, they too had volunteers in Little League, pony league, friends of the Library, Councilmembers, Ex-Mayors, Mt. Wilson race, Search and rescue team members, Fire Council members and countless other organizations, that they too gave of themselves, but they are still asses because they dare to disagree with me and my realtor friends. Visit this site and check out what they were laying down back in the day.
The Sierra Madre Q***: The full name cannot be reprinted here because Sir Eric Maundry just doesn't talk that way, but this site took The Cumquat a step further into flat-out photo-shopped pornography. Written under the alias of Morgan Price Robinson, it is fully expunged from the internet with the exception of one-off third party mentions. Many suspect that this was the darker side of The Cumquat and its enablers, and it was where material that typified their darkest instincts was let loose on Sierra Madre. The movement to defeat Measure V had a violent and psychotic side, and this is one place that it showed its face.
Downtown Dirt.org: Faced with a community up in arms over the prospect of massive redevelopment of our downtown, plus the distinct possibility that the question would be put on the ballot (Measure V), this blog was a rather ineffectual attempt by DSP supporters to regain a modicum of message control over what was at the time a raging debate. Hosted by the same Beth Buck celebrated on the Sierra Madre Cactus site, this developer-funded mess has now almost completely disappeared from the internet. It does have a Go Daddy hosted site holder, courtesy of current brand owner B.D. Howes, which you can find some allusion to here. But there are some DDO passages to be found on Bart Doyle's Zoominfo.com page, and those who enjoy this stuff will find them quite amusing. But as a political tool Downtown Dirt has to be considered a failure. The bellicose ramblings of Buck, along with the strident comments of its equally bizarre commenting contributors, quickly turned the effort into something of a village joke.
One other thing. The site I use to track hit traffic at this blog shows us up 40% this week. Something is happening, daddy-o. And its not just the sound of bongos.
Enjoy your weekend, see you all Monday.