So I said last week that I’d post an update today on the status of my little blogging vacation, and I’ve decided that I will not be resuming posting on any kind of regular schedule until February. I’ll probably write something short from time to time, or maybe post lists of links I found interesting just to keep a fresh forum for people to have their own discussions, but for the most part, I’m going to continue enjoying my much needed break, and spend my evenings watching The Wire instead of Council meetings.
In other news, I’ve prepared a little treat for my readers. My all time favorite Oakland blog (no offense to any of the great bloggers out there now) was Dogtown Commons. Dogtown Commoner didn’t write exclusively, or even mostly about Oakland, but did so frequently enough that the site felt firmly grounded here in town. On topics ranging from language to transportation to the environment to the media, Dogtown Commoner’s insight and wit delighted me every time a new post popped up in my RSS reader.
Then, one day last year, the blog just stopped. I don’t know why Dogtown Commoner quit writing – if he or she just got tired of it or moved or started a new blog under some other name or what. I am sincerely regretful that I never got a chance to meet him or her. I used to check in with Dogtown Commons every so often, page through the archives and admire particularly good posts, hoping that maybe there’d be something new. And then one day, the blog was just gone.
The fine folks at the Internet Archive weren’t able to preserve all of Dogtown Commons, but maybe about half the posts are there. Since most of my readership showed up here after Dogtown Commons was gone, I’m guessing many of you never had the pleasure of reading that blog. So I’ve taken all the posts that were preserved and republished them here. You can find them all under the category “Dogtown Commons” from the “Other” dropdown menu, and I’ve posted a list of all the titles below. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did.
- The Word
- “That whole cult of convenience strikes me as a bit of brainwashing.”
- The economics of scavenging
- Newspaper advertising finally takes off (but not necessarily in a good sense)
- “When you walk into my house, you walk into my brain”
- Interbreeding among the cultural elite
- Was that Oakland’s new cathedral in a presidential debate?
- A portrait of the arts in a war zone
- Final Harry Potter Book Blasted For Containing Spoilers
- Breaking news from the Bylines Desk
- It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…
- Our sloppy press strikes again
- The press ain’t all bad
- Talk about a challenging role
- Will the Oakland Post keep publishing?
- Oakland Post website down?
- The Giving Tree
- “Bay Area on the Move”
- Lessons for California from the Virginia Tech report
- News Flash: Bay Bridge Closes, but World Does Not End
- Fire season
- First sports stadiums and bridges, and now the natural world?
- The branded world.
- What’s your score?
- Real choices versus trivial choices
- Oakland in a nutshell?
- “like winning the lottery”
- Trained by whom?
- Dimond Canyon
- A tale of two headlines
- Merging social justice and the environment
- Our indispensable press corps
- Smoke signals
- Where there’s smoke…
- Fake news
- Seeing the world anew
- A new concept: thinking ahead about energy
- “Watch what you eat” isn’t just dieting advice anymore
- Eating globally
- A new motto for Oakland: “Only some areas are extremely dangerous”
- Our national pastime
- Resisting a Siege Mentality
- The Oprah Bowl
- Some free advice
- Was there a funeral service too?
- “A Montclair home at a Hillcrest price”
- Bad news at the gas pump is good news for mass transit
- Wise men and fools
Since the blog remained online for a while after Dogtown Commoner stopped posting, and then just disappeared one day, roughly a year after the blog began, I’m assuming that what happened was just that the hosting for the site expired. If Dogtown Commoner is out there and intentionally removed the archives because he or she did not want them online any longer, I will be happy to delete them from this site upon request.