10.01.2008

Ok, That's Enough

Hello. Rusty here.

I tried e-mailing Liz to see what was up and I got no response. Which really was no surprise since she obviously gave up on this blog.

Just because I'm in a weird city like Columbus doesn't mean that I still don't hate DC. In fact, for some reason, mail being sent to me from the District isn't getting to my apartment in Columbus. And what kind of mail should I be getting from DC? Why security deposits and paychecks of course! It might not be DC's fault, but, come on, DC has always been a good scapegoat. Why stop now?

Well, as you probably have noticed, Liz didn't work out. It was my mistake to select a writer instead of a blogger. Writers are awesome, but don't necessarily want to write three times a week. We don't need writers. We need bloggers.

(Which is not to say I condone the way some people treated Liz. Some of you were total assholes. I liked her posts. I liked some of them an awful lot. The transition from writer to reader was almost seamless. I looked forward to her posts. Then they stopped.

Liz is going to check this site or try to post and see that she got her privs revoked and that probably isn't fair. But it's October 1st and her last post was September 13th. I had to do this.

Liz, I am sorry. You probably deserve better. I thought you were great until you disappeared.)

So, what to do? To be honest, I don't know. I am incredibly disappointed that this site is floundering. I very much want it to succeed. There is so much to complain about and my predecessor's work (James F, duh) is going to waste. He created a popular site and, according to SiteMeter anyway, I helped it grow. I want that growth to continue.

I get the feeling that I may not be very good at assigning successors. If you'd like to write here, send me an e-mail to the old address (whyihatedc@gmail.com) and state your case. Obviously, I would prefer it if you already have a blog. I need to know you can update more than twice a month. Design skills would also be appreciated since -- and I didn't think this was possible -- the site looks shittier now than it did under my watch.

Before I could offer potential bloggers a built-in audience. I don't know if that audience is still here. I hope it is. If you have faith, send me that e-mail.

71 comments:

  1. Here's one member of the audience still reading. A new blogger would be appreciated greatly.
    HRH King Friday XIII should make a go of it, even he decides he only wants to do it until a more permanent blogger is found. His comments were some of the best.
    With all the crap going on in this town over the past few weeks, how could this site not be updated constantly.

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  2. I was so excited to see this blog updated again, and what sad subject matter. Good luck with your search! (Definitely still reading, by the way.)

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  3. Maybe you should get a few different bloggers who can post? Also remember to do a backup of the site in case something happens.

    I vote for metroman wtfmetro.com

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  4. I am relieved to see the several hours have passed and most of those people who drove Liz away aren't here kissing your butt. Good luck on your search. I hate DC, but I just might hate people on the internet more. ;)

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  5. FUCK YOU RUSTY!

    (I've never written that before. Wow, It DOES feel good - even if I don't mean it.)

    Thanks for saving the day.

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  6. I've been wondering what was going on, I don't always read the comments but have always enjoyed this blog. I agree with some of the others, maybe having a small cadre of bloggers/posters would be better then just one. Afterall we DC types are so self-important we rarely have any time for these types of things. Right?

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  7. LIZ SUCKS GO TO HELL YOU FUCKING LOSER BITCH ASS NIGA

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  8. Ha ha ha, Liz got the ban hammer! YOU RULE, RUSTY!

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  9. I kinda liked Liz. The content and style was very different -- it was essentially a completely different blog that happened to have the same name -- but I enjoyed it. But I'm just an occasional reader anyway, so I can understand why the regulars were so put off by the radical shift.

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  10. still reading! bring on someone new!

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  11. While you're here, can you bring back the shoddy design I looked forward to seeing each visit?

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  12. Hey Rusty, instead of asking people to apply for a position and then giving them free reign, why not let people send you actual posts, and if you like them then you can put them up? Saves you from having to write but gives you complete control over content.

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  13. btw, if you do bring back the old design, is there some way you can make it so we still have access to the archives. james f was the shit.

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  14. But Rusty can't have too much work to do over here! Who would update the Lifetime blog? And if I haven't asked over there, please, please, cover the movie where Judith Light's asshole husband has a stroke and then her lover moves in with the two of them, and everyone thinks the husband is crazy for begging to be put in a facility.

    Also, still hate DC. Glad someone will be hating more regularly.

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  15. YAY RUSTY!!! Thanks for rescuing the blog.

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  16. Thank you, Rusty. But you are being far too diplomatic. She was horrible. She really was. Maybe she'll come back one day and explain why she hated this blog so much that she decided to try to kill it.

    In the meantime, thank you so much for doing this.

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  17. I thought Liz's writing was rambling and often incoherent (not quite as bad as OffSeventh...but nearly).

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  18. I didn't realize this was also an Art Davis fanclub.

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  19. Lets hear more about taxi cab driver rip off artists, nationals stadium deals and all of the convictions in the DC gov!

    No mention of child services giving kids and money to a mom who stores them in a freezer! come on thats easy stuff for someone who really hates DC!

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  20. i agree that a group blog setup would be an idea worth trying. my friends and i started the same thing over at middayramble.wordpress.com

    about 8 or so of us contribute. hell, even a couple of our dogs get in on the action. and a few have moved away from dc since it started. so now we get reports from san fran, dallas, nyc, etc.

    it definitely keeps it interesting and the posts come pretty regularly.

    i say let the best 5 commenters take over. why just hate - when you can hate, hate, hate, hate, hate...hate, hate, hate?

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  21. RUSTY YOU ARE DA MAN.

    I'm still a little mad at you for Sarah Palin' us like you did. WTF man. You didn't think to vet your successor first??? Who the fuck does that. Oh wait.

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  22. It's already been said, but, yeah, Huzzah!

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  23. she was atrocious, good riddance

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  24. Wonk the PlankOctober 02, 2008

    Feed the trolls. Post liz's essay.

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  25. I vote the 2birds1blog.com girls. Their head writer/one who posts in red is also a designer. Just a thought. Still reading!

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  26. "Hey Rusty, instead of asking people to apply for a position and then giving them free reign, why not let people send you actual posts, and if you like them then you can put them up?"

    That won't work. It sounds suspiciously like all those poor iPhone developers who toil away on an app, only to have it capriciously rejected by Cupertino.

    I'd apply myself, if only I could successfully hector my doc into giving me the Adderall I've been asking about for the past several months. That, and I'm too busy killing my OWN blog.

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  27. Hey Rusty,

    Check out my attempt: dislikedc.blogspot.com.

    Thanks!

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  28. Rusty,

    Liz was not right for this blog.

    Apart from her infrequent and often unfocused posts, she made an effort to alienate a lot of the existing readership. She never explained anything about her background, why she was here, etc. We never got a feel for her reasons for hating DC. Instead of debating any of her points (as you used to), she told people to go fuck themselves if they didn't like what she wrote.

    Suggestion 1 - If and when you pick somebody to sweep up the pieces of this blog and glue them back together, make sure he or she willing to provide a small amount of personal insight, and to actually accept and interact with the posters.

    Suggestion 2 - Find somebody with design skills willing to help this blog out separately from the person who will write the content, at least initially. It's a god awful mess.

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  29. (Which is not to say I condone the way some people treated Liz. Some of you were total assholes. I liked her posts. I liked some of them an awful lot. The transition from writer to reader was almost seamless. I looked forward to her posts. Then they stopped.

    ...

    Liz, I am sorry. You probably deserve better. I thought you were great until you disappeared.)

    Amen, Rusty. You know I thought you were great (and JamesF before you), but I liked Liz, aside from the disappearing.
    And honestly? Can't blame her for leaving us.
    And I hope she's actually ok, for that matter.

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  30. I am greatly amused that some moron wants to pour through this blog's archives, for what reason I cannot surmise.

    I mean, with all there is to do in life and all of the great literature to read and people to meet and places to go, someone actually wants to reread this blog's archives? What kind of a loser do you even have to be?

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  31. I mean, go to the fucking B&N, man.

    And, btw, I'm not convinced that Liz had any sort of street cred as a "writer." If anything, she wrote more like a "blogger."

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  32. Please publish Liz's essay. At least maybe that will bring back the DC hatin' and start a conversation...

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  33. just checking in for the first time in a while, and i was STUNNED to see this had gone stagnant. save it rusty! and p.s. way to not turn over the admin credentials.

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  34. I'd like to make a plug for google reader. It saved me from checking this site for 2 weeks to see if there was a post...and immediately alerted me when there was. I'm now in Milwaukee, have been for over 3 years, and I still love to hate DC.

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  35. Uh, m@, you great literary critic, it's "pore through".

    http://www.dailywritingtips.com/poring-over-pore-and-pour/

    That being said, kudos over the past couple months (or however long Liz's tenure was) for being a critical but generally respectful commenter. Clearly a needed role.

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  36. This blog is probably over, in the fickle world of blogging readers find something disappointing and move on. I suspect the platform that Rusty built for Liz is completely destroyed now. It will take brilliant and frequent writing at the highest level to save this blog. Probably nobody out there can do it.

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  37. Way to recruit, Rusty. Publicly discard and humiliate an unpaid volunteer for failing to live up to your productivity standards. It's a blog, not the Washington Post. You're taking yourself way too seriously.

    If post quotas are an issue for you, you should have a stable of writers, rather than putting it all on one volunteer's shoulders. That's how I and many other employed people with relationships and responsibilities manage to keep our feet in the blogosphere.

    Liz, if you're reading this, you're still welcome at bobvis. We're about the good time over there, not the ego.

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  38. I'm sorry everyone, I found Liz in the process of undressing all of her brother's GI Joes and I had to punish her. AOL has a neat feature called "parental controls" and I used it to block Liz's internet time. I will restore it when she learns to behave like a lady.
    -Liz's Mom

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  39. Spungen, take your whining and go back to your pseudo-intellectual hen house. You're not wanted here either, so fuck off.

    Take yourself seriously? All about the good time, not egos? Hahahahahahahahahahahhahaha

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  40. Looking forward to getting this blog back on track.

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  41. There should be a whyihateliz blog ... PLEASE. Post her personal information, she'll have to move out of DC!

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  42. You know, I don't actually hate DC. It's the fucking people. You all come here swarming like locusts, roiling in the liquefied manure that is this particular flavor of cesspool, fermenting in your own exhaust.

    I've been to enough major metro areas in the US to sort of get the feel for them. NYC is this melting pot where hopes of all walks of life come to die. LA is Hollywood vanity. SF is a blend of geeks, dweebs and fags, all juiced together in an ever-undescending kumbaya moment.

    DC is a magnet for ego-infused filth. These aren't even people anymore, just stacks of elevator pitch CV drivel, networking for the sake of networking, accumulating and comparing credentials, where everything and everyone pretends to be globally significant and universally relevant.

    It's the one city where I've taken painstaking care to avoid people lest catch the plague while I'm forced in this penalty box.

    There isn't even theatre here that hasn't been polluted, breathing in the scum fumes.

    Fuck you all. And up yours, too.

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  43. Can I suggest that the next blogger be able to post a suitably witty and thorough response to this:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/03/AR2008100301970.html?hpid%3Dopinionsbox1&sub=AR

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  44. I actually love DC, but understand the hate and love this blog. So--poor Liz, and I'll continue to check back and hope for more hate.

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  45. I hear yah "anonymous said... October 6, 2008".
    Amen.
    And blog on!

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  46. WOW!
    the hate is strong with anonymous october 6.
    please give them the blog.
    if they can deliver that kind of hate even for a couple of weeks, it would all be worth it!
    this blog is about a place where people that hate liz and dc can come and talk about how much they hate liz and dc.
    my hatered for dc is only oveshadowed by how much i hate liz.
    dc deserves liz and liz deserves dc.

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  47. Rusty sux. James should fire his ass for repossessing this blog and then not doing anything with it for a week and a half.

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  48. oh, Lau, you got me. Normally, I'm the one correcting people's spelling. Kudos to you. You little Strunken White, you.

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  49. And, thanks, Lau. We could use you as a freelance copy editor. The pay is $12 an hour.

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  50. And it doesn't take a great literary critic to say that Liz was a "pore" writer. ;)

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  51. Hey guys, what if Liz actually died? 5:1 She bled to death from an unfortunately placed papercut c/o this month's issue of Street Sense. This type of death is also known as a "bleeding wrist liberal".

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  52. Rusty, it's been almost two weeks since this post - any updates?

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  53. Now, now, m@, no need to comment on my race. What can I say? Homonyms are a serious source of distress for me.

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  54. zzzzzzzzzzz...........

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  55. SRSLY!!! WTF is going on!!!

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  56. Rusty....stop banging Liz and pick a replacement. We need our hate.

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  57. I had stopped reading for a while, and then I got really confused when I came back. Now it all makes sense.

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  58. I agree with Jorge. And, Lau, don't stop being so precious. You're a national treasure.

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  59. R.I.P whyihatedc

    You will be missed.

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  60. I offered myself, but I was sadly rejected.

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  61. zzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.....

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  62. Hey Rusty, its been 3 weeks since you kicked Liz out, how about letting someone else hate on DC.

    I'd love to write you a piece on the shitbags who insist on dragging their luggage or laptops around the metro during rush hour so that the crowds can trip on them.

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  63. Dead End,

    I was just going to comment on how the last time I had sex w/ Liz she came three times, but that's a terrific idea!

    Carry your shit on your back or shoulder. What's really annoying are the smaller bags that folks insist on dragging rather than carrying.

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  64. this sucks. i prefer liz's rare posts to none at all.

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  65. According to this site: http://www.business-opportunities.biz/projects/how-much-is-your-blog-worth/

    this blog was worth $200k a few months ago. It is now worth $40k. Good luck finding a buyer, but still - way to waste $160k. That's like going to law school.

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  66. M@, Its like a rolling cut block in the middle of rush hour. I can't stand when perfectly able boddied people insist on dragging a trip line, in the middle of a mass of people getting off the metro at rush hour. I get it, when your dragging a 49 lbs suitcase though the airport, but pick up your fucking laptop in the metro.

    I also can't stand the tool bags who insist on carrying a backpack that takes up 30 cubic feet behind them and still have the never to shoot you a dirty look for brushing against the backpack when you try and squeeze past them.

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  67. I refer to them in my head as "backpack nerds."

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  68. I constantly fight the urge to push them on the tracks. Extreme...potentially. But don't lie, I would be all of your heroes

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  69. And the 12 yr old in me just laughed...my last comment....#69. BOOYAH

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  70. Die Rusty Die

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