Australia’s big purple poliblog will no longer be publishing new posts. The archives will remain, and that goodbye post is filling up with nostalgic comments.
Back in 2005-2007, LP was my first stop shop for ozblog reading because amidst the passion for ideas and action there was an endearing sense of the ridiculous which was a shared aspect of the commentariat, even (or most especially?) during extended stoushes. Over the years that sense of fun it had back then has faded, as many of the more eloquent snarkers decamped for Twitter with their witty observations rather than confining them to a single comments thread on a single blog. A number of core bloggers from the early years also found that career and/or family demands, or other changes, left them without the inclination to post there any more, perhaps partly as blogging moved from the cultural fringes to a more central social awareness alongside the convenient rise of less time-consuming social media. This shift also produced greater numbers of tendentiously stoushbaiting driveby arsehats rather than the amusingly perspicacious gadflies to which we had been more accustomed, and blogging generally, but on a blog which was a political target particularly, became rather more of a chore.
I’m very grateful to Mark Bahnisch for inviting me to join the LP-collective back in 2006,which meant that I met with many interesting and charming people around the ozblogosphere (sometimes in person, which was even better). The many and various other members of the “Lefty Rodeo” hivemind have been fine collaborators over the years. It’s been a grand ride, mostly. I will miss it, mostly.