Blogs, like all other living things are born, grow, age and die. Some blogs get sick, others change their name or fall victim to foul play. Some blogs even mutate into something unrecognisable to the casual observer. The concluion is my blog roll has become very out of date and desperately needs updating.
I will use this unique opportunity to take a closer look at the current status of the blogs that live in my corner of ozblogostan.
An Onymous Lefty The pre-eminent, melbourne based, left wing political blog. This popular blog started in 2004 within a week of my own under the name of melbourne lefty. The author was forced to give up the blog, but the author was soon back with a new name, Mr Lefty. His blog was now known as Anonymous Lefty. Soon after this his blog was actually stolen and Mr Left’s real identity revealed. But luckily Jeremy got his blog back with the name An Onymous Lefty as he is now almost completely onymous. Jeremy receives more comments than the rest of the blogs is here altogether and he should really be proud of the community that has formed on his blog.
A Western Heart A formerly popular right wing blog it seems to lean further and further to the right with every blog post. If you can manage to get the writers and visitors to this blog to have an honest conversation about politics they can sometimes be considered reasonably ok people. However, the numerous examples of death threats (in jest of course) against left wingers make this site rarely visited by myself. Unlike the politics admired by the authors of AWH, this blog is still very much alive.
Mike Jericho This was the blog of a former contributor to AWH. Mike is probably the most human, friendly and reasonable of the AWH crew this might be the reason why he maintained his own blog. Mike became a friend of mine and this is probably why I initially refused to take his now dead blog off my blog roll – it’s gone now.
After Grog Blog This well named blog is a feature of almost every blog roll in Ozblogostan. This very funny blog is sometimes considered unintelligible by those who lack an Australian upbringing. If you have an interest in cricket or just wish to populise the phrase, “Get a dog up ya!”, this site is for you.
Darpism Darpism, was once one of the most popular left wing blogs in Australia. His favourite target was the home of the hypocrite- the Hillsong church. He gained infamy among the right wing religious establishment when he set off stink bombs in the middle of a sermon at the Hillsong church. Unfortunately, just like an olympic athlete who wins 8 gold medals, there was only one way this ball shaving blogger could go after this – that was down. Darpism was struggling for life and now has now finally died.
Troppo Armadillo This is a mainly politically centrist blog. Troppo Armadillo was started by Ken Parish, but has many other high profile contributors. It has changed homes many times and is now known as Club Troppo. This blog provides very in depth political and economic Commentary. This is very much the thinking person’s blog and if you wish to learn something new visit here often. Troppo is also well-known for their Missing Link. This is a rundown of all the blog posts from Ozblogostan in that week that the guys at Troppo think are worthy of greater attention.
The Inflatable Voodoo Dolls This is the blog of the band The Inflatable Voodoo Dolls. This is a mutant cameleon blog I am not certen what it will become next. At the moment it on Livejournal.com and continues to live quite happily. Joe the guy who, I believe, runs this blog was a popular visitor to my site and when he left a comment it was always a pissa.
A Yobbo’s View The name says it all. This blog came close to dying when its author contracted a terrible disease – World of Warcraft addiction. He does post every now and then. I do believe this blog will be back stronger than ever when Yobbo recovers from his addiction.
Reasons You Will Hate Me (Ms Fits) I believe this blog is run by Marieke Hardy. She is one of the most foulmouthed and funny bloggers I’ve come across. She has a particular skill in offending those of the right wing political persuasion. It was her that set off the famous panda gate blog war – which she won in convincing fashion.
DREADNOUGHT (John Heard) A gay cathloc is the blog. Much of what he writes infureates me. He is a right-wing religious conservative, but he loves posting pictures of hot naked men – did I mention this guy is a cathloc? This maze of contradictions puzzles me greatly I no longer visit this blog in case I turn gay.
Hecho En Mexico This hardy beast is the spawn of a public transport obsessed young male human. This blog is way too cool for me so I seldom visit it. If you wear sunglasses in dim nightclubs this may be the place for you.
The Road to Surfdom (Tim Dunlop) Tim Dunlop is very popular Australian blogger who has has been around the Internet’s inception. The centre-left political blog is still alive.
Guru Ann I don’t know much about this blog as I never visit it. But it is still ticking along. Its author is a Hume city councillor who is very active in her community belonging to many committees: Vice President of Sunbury Jnr Footy Club, Vice President of Sunbury ALP, Vice President of Sunbury Downs College Council, Member of Empowering Sunbury Committee, Member of Sunbury Festival Committee, Member of Calder Action Group, Board Member of Sunbury Cemetery Trust and Member of VLGA. She must be very busy woman and that is probably why her blog hasn’t been updated recently.
Sterne (Tim) The author of this blog is a genuine comic genius. This blog features some of the greatest piss takes I’ve ever seen. If there is only one blog you visit this lifetime make it this one.
Right Wing Death Bogan (Nilknarf) Well the name says it all really, except she isn’t really a bogan she is just a little bit too politically aware to be a true ugboot wearing bogan. If you are a lefty and want a good argument this blog is for you.
Lightning Struck Itself (Clem) This was the blog of Clem Bastow a funny female music journalist writer and blogger with a penchant for the word cunt! Unfortunately, Clem has moved onto greener pastures and her blog has now starved to death.
No Talent Time (Martie) The name here is misleading, but says something about the quality of the author. This humourous blog mainly follows the life and times of Martie sometimes psychologically challenged Brain.
I hope I’ve given you a small glimpse into the blogs that live in my small corner of the blogosphere.
This post was a real strain to write as there were so many blogs on my blog roll most of whom were dead. I defined dead by not having posted for six months or more. There was a lot a research mostly searching through my own buggy memory. Many of the blogs I couldn’t remember, I never visited or didn’t have a clue how they ended up on my blog roll. If you know of a blog or have a blog that you think I should know about tell me about it in the comments.