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Psych!

OK, well it seems that the demise of Metblogs was greatly exaggerated.

One day I get an email saying that Metblogs is no longer, and a few days later, another email saying that there are plans to spin some sites off into their own domains, as blogging.la has done.

Now, is Orange County on the list of spinoffs?

I have no idea.

Until then, I guess I will keep on posting here until notified otherwise.

Sorry for the back and forth, I can only relay the news as I hear it.  As you can tell, there is quite a bit of behind the scenes fomenting that has been occurring and I’m fortunately not privy to all of that. 

So, let’s see if perhaps we can get back on track somehow?

Let’s start by begging Jon if he will come back.  I don’t know about you, but I think that Jon is one of the bestest writers ever on the OC Metblogs.

Hey, they say flattery will get you everywhere.

Orange Street Fair and the State of OC Metblogs

How’s that for a combination, eh?

If you don’t already know, the Orange Street Fair is happening at the Circle, and as always, it’s hotter than hell so I refuse to go.  The OC Register has the lowdown on some of the food stands.

I like the idea of the fair a LOT, but my big beef is that there are not enough places to sit.  I am someone who enjoys sitting and noshing on my food, not standing up.   It’s been a few years since I’ve gone, so maybe they’ve addressed that issue, but I doubt it.

As for the ole OC Metblogs, I ask myself, what to do?

I’m sure if you are a subscriber or loyal reader, you’ve noticed a steep and ugly decline in the amount of posts on here lately.  We were going strong there for a while, but it seems that everyone has lost their steam.  I haven’t exactly lost mine, but my ten month old is a hell of a lot of work, and I find myself with little to no time to blog here, as I have other (read:paying) blog obligations elsewhere.  So obviously, the stuff I do for free is going to suffer.

The whole “are we or aren’t we going to even survive” thing doesn’t help either, to be sure.  Try recruiting writers to write for free for a publication that may or may not be around in a few months. For that matter, try mustering up the enthusiasm to write for a publication that may or may not be around in a few months.  It’s a bit hard, to be sure.  The LA Metblogs is going strong, but they’ve always had mucho participation, and I’ve noticed they moved to a different URL so that they can keep going if Metblogs fails.

Not exactly reassuring. Or a vote of confidence.  Commuinication from HQ has been spotty at best, so I’m guessing the end might be nigh.

So, I don’t know exactly what’s happening, but as the captain of this ship, dammit if I’m not going to go down with it.  Despite there not even being a crew to mutiny against me or anything.

Posts will probably be few and far between, but I hope you’ll stick with me as long as it lasts.

Join Our Blogroll!

As part of the new and fabtabulous changes we’ve got going on here at Metblogs, you might have noticed that we again feature a blogroll on our sidebar.

Wanna be a part of it?

If you’ve got an Orange County-based blog, you’re in!  But sorry, ones that are purely business promotions don’t qualify, so don’t bother.  I’ll send you right back to the spam folder where you belong.

If you’d like to do a linky thingy, leave your URL in the comments and we’ll try to add you on.

We’ve Got a New Look

Have you noticed our newly tweaked streamlined interface? Slick isn’t it? One major improvement is you no longer have to register with Metblogs to post a comment! So do us a favor and leave us some comments and tell us what you think of the new interface. If your comments are constructive we’ll pass them along to the powers that be!

OC Metbloggers In Trouble?!?!!???11?1!

Hardly.

In the past we’ve had posts, like Gina’s, proving to us that the OC Register writers can’t blog very well. In fact, they reported less on facts and more on how they felt about it. I mean….who does that?? (looks to camera) :-| Well, rather than make their reporters do their job properly, the Register decided to capitalize on the youth in the area, and make them do the real work for the paper. Chapman University journalism students will now be reporting on the hard hitting news around Orange.

In teams the students will focus on different neighborhood areas: Kelly Egan and Thomas Beigle will cover North Orange; David Hall and Jenna Chandler, West Orange; Rachelle Yeung and Ivan Contreras, Old Towne; and Amber Gonzales and Jennifer Gish, East Orange.

What kind of hard hitting stories are we talking about? How about “Shuttered Business Site Worries Neighbors!” or “No Hula Dancers In Fair Crowd“! OK. In fairness, my post on Bike Path Patrol was hardly news worthy. In fact, it was based entirely on speculation because I saw a cop car parked on the bike path. And I’m sure, since they’ve actually had training, their writing skills far surpass mine. But then again……..I don’t write for a (national?) newspaper!

I realize this is an excellent opportunity for these students, and hopefully the “guidance” of the Register doesn’t screw up an already well written story. Maybe these kids can replace the crap writing staff the Register already has!

On a slightly personal note, the paper asked readers to contact their local reporter to tell them about interesting people and events in their area. I ask that you contact your local OC MetBlogger first, cause we’re much more betterer than they are.

Introducing The Hub

hub.metblogs

If Metblogs is a city, hub.metblogs is the playground. We kept hearing from people that one of their favorite parts of Metblogs was meeting and interacting with readers and writers from other parts of the world, as well as getting requests for more ways that readers could be involved besides just posting comments. We thought about this for a while and decided that with a network like this, a giant community area where folks from all over the world could hang out, post photos and videos, talk with each other, form groups, play games, send messages, and do about a million other things was probably a pretty fun idea. The Hub is that.

If you have any tech ideas or suggestions join this group and speak up. See you on hub.metblogs!

New Authors, Great Posts, and Feeds, Oh My!

If you haven’t already noticed, we have some fabulous new authors joining us here on the Orange County Metroblog.  And high time it was, since for a while it seemed like poor Jon was the only one holding down the fort.

Haven’t yet checked them out?

Maria has the scoop on the screening of a classic 80′s movie.  Chimp not included.

Fejsez tells you how to make your “Carectomy” in Orange County as painless as possible.  You might still need a couple of Advil, though.

Dave fills you in about an Old Towne Orange eatery.  But I still want to call it the Circle, dammit!

With such a great first week from these authors, this looks like it’s gonna be a fun ride!

And, check out our sidebar on the right.  See that little box?  We now have a feed for the LA Metblog, so feel free to click on over if you see something interesting.  I recommend the very cool picture of a dragonfly taken by Will.i.am Campbell, which he has nicknamed Alfalfa. 

So, lots of new things to see and do here.  We hope you enjoy them, and keep your eyes peeled for those OC Metblog Twitters!

OC Metblogs on Twitter

For you Twitter users, we are following the lead of LA Metblogs and have created a OC Metblogs account on Twitter. Follow along if you would like.
Don’t worry, We do not plan on spamming and have some neat ideas planned for incorporating Twitter with selected articles and special announcements form OC Metblogs.

Come Blog With Us

Looking for more variety here? Yeah me too.

Gina (one of our fearless Co-Captains) is out of town and has asked me to write a teeny tiny post inviting you all to come join our ranks and help us make this best damn blog on the network.

1. Leave a message in the comments. Make sure your message includes a link to a blog, homepage or a way for someone to get a hold of you.

2. If you don’t have a blog, gather and be prepared to submit (upon request) a few writing samples so our captains can take a look at them.

3. Hurry up and wait. This may take a little while but rest assured you have not been forgotten.

4. Smile with satisfaction that you have been able to follow a simple set of instructions, which is part of the criteria for throwing your hat in the ring.

There are some other requirments which we can handle adhoc but this should get us started. Got it? Good. We hope to blog with you soon!

The Hidden Features…

Much like looking for the hidden mickeys at Disneyland, our new redesign has some wicked awesome features (and I don’t always use those terms in my vocabulary)! For those of you who have an iPhone you’re in for a treat! When you visit the OC Metroblog (and this goes for all of the cities in the Metroblog Network) you’ll get a site that is formatted specifically for the iPhone. (more…)

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