Roderick has been the one-man force behind L.A. Observed since its launch. He has posted thousands of items to la-observed.com, mostly short observations or comments that include links to local publications (among them Los Angeles Downtown News). Along the way, he has uncovered and posted leaked memos from newspapers (often the Los Angeles Times) and written copiously about the mayor’s race.
The fact that he has been at it for two years makes L.A. Observed stand out in a field of mostly abandoned blogs. Roderick, 52, is the first to admit he never thought it would last this long. “I’ve been figuring it out as I go along,” he says. “I never had a model.”
“Mostly Abandoned”? Anyway.. It’s got a lot on how rad the site is, but also has some snipes from Joseph Mailander:
“But Mailander criticizes some of what Roderick posts on his site, especially entries from smaller, lesser-known bloggers. “He may be providing a good service for print journos, linking everywhere to nearly everything, but I think he is generally not good for other bloggers these days,” he said. Mailander has also been critical on Martini Republic about what he contends is a lack of Spanish language or Latino-centered media outlets in L.A. Observed.
“I think any blog that calls itself L.A.-anything… should try to cover all of L.A., and that means the 2 million Spanish speakers here as well as the 2 million English speakers,” Mailander said.”
I agree with Kevin that one person can’t be expected to cover everything comprehensively, and as has been covered here there seems to be a noticeable shortage of Latino bloggers in LA (especially Spanish posting ones) – I don’t think that’s Kevin’s fault.