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November 05, 2007

The 5 Bloggers You Miss The Most

Since it's the season for navel-gazing blog lists (see here, here, etc), let's add this question: Which blogs, or bloggers, do you miss the most? There's been a fair amount of churn in the past few years, and some pretty remarkable talents have bowed out, wandering off towards other jobs or more free time. So with that in mind, who are the five whose absence you find most intolerable?

My List:

1) Jesse Taylor; my old co-blogger at Pandagon. He was a scholar and a gentleman. Also, very, very funny.

2) The Mighty Mighty Reason Man. There really isn't anyone around writing things like this anymore: "Anyone who has actually heard Limbaugh speak for more than 10 minutes knows that causing Limbaugh to go deaf (or dumb..preferrably dumb) should be, priority wise, somewhere between balancing the budget and defending the country against terrorist attacks. Yes, it's that important." And remember the world's greatest Corner parody?

3) Fafblog. The only blog that's ever really mattered. Remember when they interviewed the Democratic Party?

4) Nick Confessore. Used to write for Tapped. The reason you know what the "K Street Project" is. My first boss in journalism. Was swallowed by the New York Times, and so now does real reporting. It's sad.

5) Spencer Ackerman. Now doing excellent muck raking at TPM, I miss Iraq'd, the blog where Spencer would helpfully tell me exactly what to think about the Iraq War. Thinking on my own is surprisingly taxing.

Other 5) Max Sawicky. A great economist, a beautiful writer, and an actual leftist. Not a Democrat, or a liberal, or someone who hated Bush, but a leftist. We have too few of those around.

Okay kiddies, your turn.

November 5, 2007 in Gaze at my Navel! | Permalink


well, after fafblog, it's really billmon.
he was a path-breaker.

Posted by: kid bitzer | Nov 5, 2007 12:34:00 AM

Billmon, Steve Gilliard, Berube. Also, The Editors have been mostly absent working on a book, aside from the occasional Tom Brady man-crush post.

Posted by: SP | Nov 5, 2007 12:35:12 AM

also: however good the mighty mighty reason man was, he did *not* pen the world's greatest corner parody.
that was the creation of the editors, at the poorman.

Posted by: kid bitzer | Nov 5, 2007 12:35:42 AM

ah, gilliard. damn.
yeah, that's a whole 'nother level of sad.
at least berube is out there, chipping in a post at crooked timber now and then.
damn. miss you, steve. you were another path-breaker.

Posted by: kid bitzer | Nov 5, 2007 12:37:07 AM

Did the author of the "Media Whores Online" ever become public? I used to read his site all the time.

Gilliard, of course.

Posted by: Misplaced Patriot | Nov 5, 2007 12:39:37 AM

Lots of people with super mad writing talent who a) don't have it in them to try to make writing a career the normal way and b) don't have the stamina to try to make it as a blogger over the long run.

Still blogging allows such people to at least briefly shine until they burn out and move on.

Posted by: Atrios | Nov 5, 2007 12:39:53 AM

Also, Stephen Den Beste probably prevented a lot of wingnuts from posting their own rantings since they'd spend hours reading each of his posts. The end of his blog directly led to a significant increase in right-wing blog production.

Posted by: SP | Nov 5, 2007 12:40:53 AM

billmon most of all and of course Steve Gilliard

Posted by: Softail | Nov 5, 2007 12:41:11 AM

Can't say Fafblog enough. Inspired madness with a delicious candy shell.

Posted by: Fnor | Nov 5, 2007 12:49:11 AM

He combined insight with elegance, I miss his work most of all.

Posted by: patrick | Nov 5, 2007 12:56:24 AM

Eschaton. Can't figure out what happened to him, but after rebuilding my Windows PC in 2003, I noticed that eschaton.blogspot.com was no longer working.

Also, DaleyKos. Weird stuff.

Posted by: anon | Nov 5, 2007 1:05:36 AM

I'm late to the post, but I add another vote for Billmon. His epic sprawling take downs always made my day. Even his "dueling quotes" series were amazing.

Posted by: br | Nov 5, 2007 1:11:32 AM

Fafblog. :(

Posted by: lux | Nov 5, 2007 1:12:33 AM

Yup, you youngin's may not remember, but MediaWhoresOnline.com was absolutely the greatest blog ever. It led the way.

Here's a typical day (courtesy of the Wayback Machine).

It brings tears to my eyes -- the Flashing Ambulance Light! the Flashing Ambulance Light! Oh the Humanity!

Posted by: leo | Nov 5, 2007 1:15:21 AM

I miss fafblog above all. Some of the things there were pure genius. Billmon was good too. I used to get in interesting discussions with jedmunds (of Pandagon, at the end) and dadahead where I was optimistic about the Democrats and they were pessimistic. I wish I could've seen them post after the 2006 elections.

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Nov 5, 2007 1:15:47 AM

I miss Billmon.

I would have really missed Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan, had the Edwards thing worked out for them. I feel a little guilty knowing the reason I am still able to enjoy their writing is because of the manufactured outrage of Bill Donohue.

Posted by: Dillon | Nov 5, 2007 1:28:11 AM

I miss Fafblog, especially Friday Pie Blogging. And of course, from the interview of the Democrats:

BIDEN: Just like I told George Bush all along! I told him in the Oval Office, "You're gonna go in without enough troops and you're not gonna plan for the occupation and it's gonna be the biggest mistake of your presidency and I'm gonna vote for it!"

FB: Wow, that all seems so prescient.

BIDEN: And then Batman jumped in through the window and said "Senator, the Justice League needs you right away!" and I said "Shut up and move, rich boy, we've got a moon to save!"

It's funny because if it wasn't, it would make me sob.

Posted by: Jeff Fecke | Nov 5, 2007 1:42:27 AM

If we vote Billmon enough maybe he will come back? Please?

Posted by: casey | Nov 5, 2007 1:53:16 AM

I second pretty much all of the ones mentioned so far (though I don't know that Spencer Ackerman counts since he's still around): Billmon, Fafblog, Steve Gilliard, Very Very Happy, Michael Berube... BusyBusyBusy also seems to be down to about four or five posts a year, which is really a shame.

Posted by: Antid Oto | Nov 5, 2007 2:04:47 AM

I miss "Tapped" -- you know, back when the collective blogging mind of TAP all published under the one pseudonym. And especially the original Chris Mooney era Tapped, not that other Tapped eras weren't also great.

Posted by: Galen | Nov 5, 2007 2:17:13 AM

Respectful of Otters
Body and Soul
Max Speak You Listen

Posted by: joel hanes | Nov 5, 2007 2:22:08 AM

Billmon was good, really good but damn I miss Steve Gilliard. Was just thinking about him this morning. He was a good guy and such a gifted writer. He knew more military history than seemed possible for a guy that young.

Posted by: beowulf | Nov 5, 2007 2:55:09 AM

Another vote for Billmon. Nobody like him.

Posted by: JC | Nov 5, 2007 3:32:19 AM

Yup, Billmon was great! Miss him, too. But my #1 is the late, great Steve Gilliard. His blog entries about lessons from history and their relevance for our times were fantastic. Some of his fans try to keep the spirit alive at the groupnewsblog.net, but it isn't the same without Steve. RIP, Steve, and "fuck the fucking Yankees"!

As for other bloggers I miss, there's Presstitutes.com, a kind of MediaMatters enterprise with a more fun oriented approach, and Troy Gilbert at gulfsails.blogspot.com, who did some great first hand reporting from NO during Katrina, but left blogging to do consulting for sailing teams.

Oh, and not really a blogger, but a fantastic writer who also published online at The Free Press and Alternet: Molly Ivins, not forgotten!

Posted by: Gray | Nov 5, 2007 4:38:12 AM

Like @2, I've been missing the Editors at the Poor Man Institute.

Posted by: Gabriel | Nov 5, 2007 5:12:57 AM

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