August 8th, 2009 at 11:47am
It has been quite a week in the list of blogs I frequent. A week ago (I forgot to mention it at the time…I think I noticed after I had tripped on the stairs and just wanted to sleep away the pain) GrodsCorp shut down, with site owner Scott Bridges citing his plan to travel through India and the middle-east as the reason.
I’ll miss GrodsCorp. I almost always disagreed with them, especially of late, but it was a fun way to see what the other side of the political divide was up to, and I quite enjoyed reading the site. It’s unusual for me to regularly enjoy a site that I disagree with, so they (Scott and contributors) deserve credit for that.
I am also somewhat relieved. Back in the day when The Spin Starts Here was outranking this blog in Google searches for my name, it was great to have GrodsCorp in the top three results with their profile of me. These days, with this site having a great Google ranking, and The Spin Starts Here’s vitriol no longer online (yes, we’ve patched up our differences, but having some of that stuff being presented as fact to people who didn’t know better was not helpful) that is not so convenient as the profile is dated, and I have matured and grown significantly since then. I’ll also admit that my political views have moved, and my understanding grown, since my abortive run for the federal seat of Fraser in 2007. I’m leaving my copies of that stuff online for the fun and nostalgia of it, but it is nice to know that it’s not going to be one of the dominant things to appear when searching for me in the future.
Scott is continuing his online presence in the form of a personal blog, so he won’t be disappearing completely (unless he becomes the president of the combined nation of Indiastan during his trip, in which case an army of “journalists” can do his bidding for him), but I will still miss the GrodsCorp dynamic anyway.
Best wishes Scott. Enjoy your trip.