Obligatory Obituary ????

July 10, 2009 at 12:17 am 20 comments

underconlogo LOGO for the WOM BLOG- Scott Bakalar.

Or the BLUE MAN group of the blogosphere has pulled the plug.

by Loraine Ritchey thatwb@yahoo.com

Someone has to write the Obituary so I might as well draw the short straw.

As this morning dawned and I accessed what apparently was the last post on the infamous WOM Blog which actually had me laughing..( not sure that was the reaction intended) little did I realize they would be going out on a laugh ( well in my world anyway ) .

So since Scott started “wordofmouthblogspot” back in 2005/6 ( won’t bother to link as only “invited readers are eligible to access” ) and asked me on November 4th of 2005 for my permission to publish one of my articles-
Dear Ms. Ritchey,

I am writing to ask your permission to cross-post your article “Bill of Blights” (along with the next installment when completed) on my blog “word of mouth” .
I can assure you that your thoughts and words will be presented in the most positive light possible.
Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.


Scott Bakalar

I feel I have had some ownership into all the words that were written, that now apparently are lost in cyberspace- erased from our computers – the research done – the hours spent- the time -the will – the drive -gone in the click of a mouse from our collective view- just as if they never were.

Maybe that is what is wanted- no blame for opinions espoused- no rhetoric to come back to haunt the writers- no “cyber trail to the past 4 years”. Easy that eh what – wouldn’t it be nice to do that in real life?

Who knows why really the BLUE MAN was killed – there is talk of “too hot to stay in the kitchen”- ” saving ones sanity and mental health”- and spinning of wheels or maybe since the little dunlopillow man video ( sorry can’t link to that either) of this morning once again pronounced Lorain dead maybe the writers of WoM felt all was lost so why bother to continue.

I don’t really know the reasoning – I could speculate – that may even be fitting as speculation lately was front page on WoM a great deal in recent months – but let us just leave it as –it is what it is!

An Obituary should mention the life of the subject so here goes:

Born Wordofmouthblogspot– out of frustration with a flooding basement , this young blog soon grew . The writing ability of the founder struck a chord in more ways than one, he found a following and a family of fellow contributors and enjoyed great success and accolades- people rallied and differences were made.

The middle years found a new look and “wordofmouthblogspot” became “The Wom Blog” – There were articles galore and writers contributed fast and furious -in some cases too fast and too furious- dissention among the family – a differing of how to proceed- with success came some arrogance ( in this writers opinion)- there was a divorce and a split among the family members.

“We had joy we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song like the seasons
Have all gone. “

The last years found the WoM finding a different niche- far from the “source reporting ” of its youth it became basically “op ed” and “editorial opinion” based.
As it progressed there was a negative passion setting in .( I would like to link to those pieces for you to substantiate my opinion but they are lost in “cyber world”.)

So this incarnation of WoM is no more- the articles are no more- all the thoughts and rhetoric are no more- done and dusted!

There is a certain sadness as I write this for what might have been but is no more. and for what has been lost!



ED Note the “last words of a dying blog……

Entry filed under: Blogging, blogs, Brit take, commentary.

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20 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mark  |  July 10, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Maybe that is what is wanted- no blame for opinions espoused- no rhetoric to come back to haunt the writers- no “cyber trail to the past 4 years”.

    Should that be the case, it definitely flies in the face of “honesty, openness, and transparency.”

    But those of us pruned will probably never know the real details of the behind the scenes.

    As I recently told someone, had the original group been maintained, we would probably be reaching for higher heights still. Taken down by a slip of the “prick”, it is too bad.

  • 2. thatwoman  |  July 10, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Mark, I think what disappoints me most is that ,as you and others were aware , at the time of “leaving ” the owner of the blog – Scott – assured us that he would (even if he stopped blogging) the work we and others had done, the writings and research would be available always on line.…. ( I have that somewhere in my files) It is disappointing to me that those that espoused such high standards ( higher than my own , I thought) have turned out to be what he disliked the most about politicians , and gutless wonders……

    Am I bitter you bet – I took Mr. Bakalar’s word and now links used in MY articles are no longer viable. Oh !I can get my own writings, as I have requested a CD of all the writing that I did for all of the incarnations of WoM but links to the things you and Kelly and Paula links to article written on WoM that others researched etc have disappeared. or only open to “invited guests”

    It brings up another question…….are the print media right about bloggers…after all even if like the PD their articles disappear from on line ( as since you know there is a time limit people can at the time of publication on line download them knowing they might need them for reference later) and of course they are availlable in print and archives…

    but bloggers like those at WoM who have now pulled all the material out of cyber space really don’t have to face any more consequences. ( must be nice if you are now applying for a board seat , a job , running for political office to have a “clean sheet” and have what maybe controversial writings and opinions disappear ….. ..they can literally take their ball and go home. no harm no foul ….. so are the print media right about bloggers not being “accountable” seems WoM has proved their point.

    Disappointing to say the least – from some of the latest contributors I expected no less ( especially after some articles as you know had been changed.. ) but I did expect more from the owner of the blog – guess we live and learn….

  • 3. Mediamogul  |  July 10, 2009 at 11:31 am

    This is why “blogs” will never replace “real journalism”. The blueman didn’t die, he committed suicide. So much for mental health!

  • 4. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 10, 2009 at 11:53 am

    What can I say MM – WoM has made your point for you –

  • 5. MCT  |  July 10, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Sorry to see the WOM gone. I always felt it was a good place to exchange ideas, thoughts and aid in the fee flow of information. Whether you agreed or disagreed with an article/report/opinion, it was a place to share, interact, contribute on some level.

  • 6. MCT  |  July 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    that was free flow in information. Sorry for the speedy fingers.

  • 7. thatwoman  |  July 10, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Whether you agreed or disagreed with an article/report/opinion, it was a place to share, interact, contribute on some level.

    I too am sorry – sorry that all those opinions are now not worth the cyber space they were written upon…..accountability , openess and transparency and honesty …so much flotsam blowing in the cyber wind – “the man in the mirror” has a cracked reflection……

    no apologies needed for flying fingers – if I held typos accountable – I would too be a hypocrit 🙂 – in fact when I commented on WoM even though I was able to change any typos made in my comments ( when I was a contributor)….. I didn’t … as I felt that would be editing and changing….. Oh fool that I am- giving myslef a good swift kick 🙂

  • 8. muley  |  July 10, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    ……it was fun while it lasted for most of us. But I think we all will survive without it. Especially in it’s most recent (Rom) format.

  • 9. thatwoman  |  July 10, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I agree but there is still a sense of loss…….

  • 10. kalin  |  July 10, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I just wanted to address one thing, the comment: “…running for political office to have a “clean sheet” and have what maybe controversial writings and opinions disappear”

    I am running for council-at -large. If I felt that my writings were a detriment, then I would have simply walked away. I had no say, nor was I even asked, about the articles disappearing forever.

    It was not a political move when it comes to my campaign. No matter where I write on the web, I have never hid behind a fake name. For years, I have always stated who I am when making comments.

    There is more I could write about theWoM, but I wanted to make the one point that I have.

    -Sean Kalin Stipe

  • 11. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 10, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Kalin there is , I believe ,more than one of the contributors of the “WoM that Was” running for office …Ladalang – Joyce Early – and forgive me for being critical but some of her “writings and thoughts’ well especially the “taxing issues” …bit ironic that eh? 😉

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  • 13. Brian Hazelett  |  July 11, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    I thought you would be doing the “HAPPY DANCE”!

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    You would be wrong once again!

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  • 16. tw  |  July 13, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I truly enjoyed Scott’s blog for a long time. Then, slowly, the tenor of the site changed. Instead of focusing of issues of local (Lorain) interest, it was turned over to contributors with their own agendas. Some of these writers had no current ties to Lorain, and used the site as their personal political sounding board. These discussions invariably devolved into grade-school rhetoric, debasing the remaining local content.
    Maybe Scott should start again, just one man and a keyboard.

  • 17. thatwoman  |  July 13, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I so admired Scott and his talent and his writing and was truly envious of his “turn of a phrase” – his sense of humour and wit… even when he was taking a pop you found it hard to be angry – he was so very clever- I truly admire the man’s ability and I agree I hope his creativity isn’t all lost to us.

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