Ten years is a heckuva long time in blog years.
Which is just another way of saying that I am one of the true dinosaurs in the local bloggodome.
And way back when there were very, very few of us that focused specifically on Lotuslandian politics.
Truth be told, looking back on it, one of my proudest moments was helping to convince my then just online friend Mary, who I first noticed kicking up a fuss over on the Tyee comment threads, to start up her own blog that concentrated on all things Railgate.
Which is just a way of saying that, back then, it kind of seemed like you really were just screaming out into the void.
Or, as I often described it...Yelling at the radio and TeeVee by typing.
That has all changed now.
Because there is a fine cadre of folks following #bcpoli from all angles.
And, more often than not, they bang the proMedia like a gong.
A case in point was a post this week from Merv Adey in which he based his conclusions about what really went down with the VSB firings on facts rather than rumours and innuendo (which was the stock and trade of a number of proMedia commentators' accounts of the thing).
But it's more than that.
Because I also see the 'alternative' quasi-proMedia in ascendancy as well.
Examples abound, but, again - looking just at the VSB thing for the moment, it was Roundhouse radio that did more than stenography and actually got the goods on what the privacy commissioner told the Education Minister about the Milburn report. And then there was the Observer's publishing of former trustee Patti Bacchus' timeline yesterday.
The latter may, or may not, stand up to concerted challenge, but the point is that it is out there now as part of the public record, which I do not think would have happened 10 long years ago.
Perhaps the veil really is lifting 'round here....
Why was I waxing nostalgic for blog days gone by this week?....Well, birthdays can do that to an old guy....OK?
And, later, Mary became a good friend in the real world also.