I'm sure a lot of you who read MoM are familiar with STUCK ON THE PALMETTO.
Heck, you probably came here from there, either through their blogroll, or following me back from some comment I've made over there. "What th-? Who the hell is THIS moron?"
Stuck on the Palmetto was usually my first stop of the day, and a place I checked in on during my breaks. Rick or Alex always managed to put up one more thing. Whether or not I agreed with their commentary, it was almost always topical and interesting.
Alas, it's no more.
A lot of blogs die. Most just peter out; the bloggers lose interest, or life takes them to some other endeavour. The posts start appearing less frequently, maybe monthly, then six months go by and they frantically slap up a post or two, and then....silence.
But SotP didn't wither. It was going full steam, with lots of commentary, and pointing out stories we might otherwise have missed. It was in full bloom, vigorous and fresh and full of promise.
I won't re-hash the events that killed it; if you followed Rick and Alex, you know what happened. I won't pin blame; there's enough to go around, that's for sure. But blame won't bring back the blog that New Times readers kept picking as Numero Uno in South Florida. We can hold our breaths until we all turn blue, and it will do no good. They've closed up shop, and not even the archives remain.
They signed off with Pat Metheny's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress." One last tune before they fade into memory.
But I'm sending them off with this one
So long, SotP. We hardly knew ye.