Goddess of Pomona returns (permanently?)

The Goddess of Pomona blog is back. After shutting down in early June and putting her page off-limits behind a wall, G of P removed the wall (did someone proclaim “Ms. Goddess, tear down this wall”?) after the Pomona fire near her neighborhood.

Although she initially described her return as her “possible comeback,” she’s posted seven times since then. Guess it’s safe to welcome her back.

In the meantime, the go-to source for Pomona news and commentary online has become M-M-M-My Pomona. It presents a Lincoln Park-centric view of the city, understandable since that’s where its bloggers live, but it did good work on the fires and often has reports and chatter about council meetings.

(Pomona has a real blogging community with something like a dozen blogs, most of which link to each other. Claremont has a couple. If our other cities have local blogs, they’re keeping quiet about it.)

Wish I could be as positive about the Foothill Cities Blog, which attempted to cover the area from Pasadena to Claremont. After a good push, the blog sputtered, crashed, returned on a limited basis with contributions almost entirely from Monrovia (and, hmm, with Pomona and Claremont reversed in its west-to-east lineup of cities) and now hasn’t been updated since June 9.

It can’t be easy to stay motivated to produce a blog when you’re volunteering. Which is too bad, in my opinion; I like the competition and the alternative voices.

Granted, the utility of city-centered blogs as news sources is limited. Unlike newspapers, bloggers rarely phone anyone, show up at City Hall, request documents or pound the pavement. They just write about whatever crosses their field of vision. That’s fine, especially since most blogs are a hobby, but the result is no replacement for a newspaper.

Some bloggers come across like people writing in their underpants in darkened rooms, griping because all their questions about the world can’t be answered by the Internet. (“Mr. President, tear down this cave!”)

Still, the difficulty in keeping a local blog up and functioning in the long term ought to give pause, and perhaps already has, to those who were quick to proclaim the faults of the so-called mainstream media and the supposed superiority of the blogosphere, which would rise to take our place as local news sources. Maybe someday, but not quite yet, obviously.

Flawed we most certainly are, but hey, at least we’re still at it every day.

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  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime Frank Girardot

    Glad to see the goddess back. Too bad about thefcblog. In the months before its demise it became quite petty and inconsequential.

    You are right to point out just how hard it is to maintain a local blog and those who are able to do so regularly should be admired!

    [Frank, who's metro editor of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, also produces the popular, not to mention excellent, Crime Scene Blog. -- DA]

  • ren

    I guess Pomona T.V. News and Images of Pomona is just chopped liver right Dave?

    [No way. Your blog is more like pastrami or corned beef. -- DA]

  • http://diversitown.blogspot.com meg

    Actually, not all of M-M-M-My Pomona’s authors live in the LP! But you’re right that the blog is LP-centric, much as I would like it otherwise.

    As you know, I’ve been thinking about the issue of newspapers and blogs for some time; I was even on a League of Women Voters panel on the subject back in the spring. From my perspective, most of the anxiety about the relationship seems to be on the part of the professional journalists. I don’t know any bloggers (do I?) who think that their work, however good, is a replacement for paid journalism. Mind you, I don’t blame the journos. It’s a profession that is under attack from all sides, and with very little justification (*ahem*, Judith Miller).

    [Meg is the lead writer of M-M-My Pomona, if that wasn't clear, and a friend. -- DA]

  • B.R. Uno

    well it’s no BrunOpinions. BrunOpinions forever!

  • http://anduhrew.blogspot.com Anduhrew

    Ren, I would say your blog is more like Filet Mignon.

    My blog has been slow lately since the fires. It’s tough to keep up when I’m not being stimulated in school. At least I’m working so I can pay my bills.

    [And paying bills is more important than blogging, without a doubt! -- DA]

  • Allan

    Felt like quoting Emily Dickinson…

    I’m nobody! Who are you?
    Are you nobody, too?
    Then there’s a pair of us — don’t tell!
    They’d banish us, you know.

    How dreary to be somebody!
    How public, like a frog
    To tell your name the livelong day
    To an admiring b[l]og!

    [Har! And come to think of it, Emily Dickinson could've been a blogger. Didn't she publish her work anonymously? -- DA]