A Week in the Life of Gustavo

"Seems to think that if he fails to write, la migra will find him."--OC Weekly More merriment available at ronmaydon@yahoo.com

terça-feira, abril 19, 2005


Bom dia o noite,

First, a bit of history. I started this blog just after 9/11, before I was a journalist and still in grad school. I stopped it last year, content with its slow devolution to little more than Today in Rotten History postings.
But as blogging exploded in the national conscience, one thing kept bugging me: the blogosphere blows. If its denizens aren't bloviating about the MSM (mainstream media, for ustedes non-bloggers) or perceived leftist or conservative conspiracies, then they're whining about some hussy or himbo that broke their heart (see my posts from 2001-last year for that aspect!). Or practitioners link up to bloggers that link to each other and post the same comments on the same stories, creating the most dementedly repetitive faux reality since Groundhog Day.

The blogosphere needs diversity--and I'm not even talking about diversity in the ethnic sense (although the only Latino blogs I know that post regularly are La Bloga and Latino Pundit--and I won't read the latter until he nixes his pretentious and misspelled "born out of underreprentation" cut-line). The blogosphere needs randomness: soccer fascism mixed with theological debates and a good dose of multiple Simpsons references with a Mongolian death worm story thrown in for reflection. It needs trenchant food commentary with shameless self-promotion. It needs a sense of provinciality (that's why my favorite blogs remain LA Observed and OC Blog) but also an awareness of political history. It needs dick jokes--but you won't find that here; I specialize in Mexican-Spanish cursing.

Frankly, the blogosphere needs more Weeklings. And so, I blog anew. It won't be a personal blog, although I won't remove my previous postings to your right because evil Google ensures they will live on forever so why bother denying the past? Nor will I break stories--you can read that part of my brain in the OC Weekly. But I will comment about my beloved Orange County. I will comment on whatever the hell I want to comment on. And more asbestos and more asbestos and more asbestos.

And a special note to all Orange County-based bloggers: I started blogging before all of you--except for Pablo, and he abandoned us for Zion. So pay respect to your elders, cabrones, and do listen often to your web-grandfather's rambles, will ya? Ca mun!


  • At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Jaime Olivares said…

    (although the only Latino blogs I know that post regularly are La Bloga and Latino Pundit--and I won't read the latter until he nixes his pretentious and misspelled "born out of underreprentation" cut-line).

    Gustavo, estás invitado a visitar Noti Los Angeles (www.notilosangeles.blog-city.com) un blog de política en español que quizás no conozcas todavía.

  • At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Gustavo said…

    Gracias por la invitacion. Voy a incluir a ustedes en mi "blog roll."

  • At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Gustavo said…

    Gracias por la invitacion. Voy a incluir a ustedes en mi "blog roll."

  • At 10:54 PM, Anonymous LatinoPUndit said…

    Pretentious? Yes. Misspelled. Fixed.

  • At 11:04 PM, Anonymous Latino Pundit said…

    wait a minute...is this the same Gustavo who writes or wrote for some OC publications. AND who is Catholic???

  • At 8:39 AM, Blogger HispaniCon said…

    If you think the only Hispanic blogs that publish regularly are La Bloga and Latino Pundit, you need to get out more.

  • At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Gustavo said…

    To Latino Pundit: Yep, this is the same Gustavo, the loudmouth de la naranja.

    To Hispanicon: I'll tell you the same thing I told my mom last night: Latinos aren't good with sarcasm.

  • At 8:18 PM, Blogger Daily Texican said…

    oye chief, i'm with you. i wish there were more raza (and more diversity), but i have to agree with HC, there are a decent number of us out here.

  • At 12:32 PM, Blogger petit bourgeois said…

    La Raza? Isn't that a tad bit racist? Perhaps you should elaborate upon this concept? I'm assuming it would involve Jose Vasconcelos, aesthetics, and the national ideology of a "chosen people." Can't get any more racist than that!

    Welcome back, Gustavo. The reason conservative bloggers dominate the OC blogosphere is because there is an enterprise in the pursuit of the truth, not money. I know the ad revenue for all of those prostitutes subsidizes the fish wrapper you work for. As long as lefties dominate print media, us right-wingers are going to whittle away your circulation numbers by using the truth against you and that evil rag you write for. Don't get me wrong, you write good stuff; but some of your colleagues are just plain insane (Shoenkopf comes to mind, almost as a caricature of what a rabid, illogical, anti-intellectual leftist-journalist should be).

    I hope your comments section doesn't become some racist beacon of "brown power." That would suck.

  • At 9:55 PM, Anonymous Adelina said…

    And here I was thinking that privileged few of OCL were dead on this thing. Welcome back! Don't think my nickname applies anymore so my name will suffice.

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