LA Downtown News on LA Observed

The Downtown News has a pretty lengthly profile of Kevin Roderick and his blog LA Observed which just turned 2 years old.

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.

6 Replies to “LA Downtown News on LA Observed”

  1. Again with the readers expressing some sort of ownership of blogs. Kevin states it very specifically in the first sentence of his blog description “It’s a website devoted to reporting, linkage and comment on aspects of Los Angeles and environs that interest me.” I’m not sure why Joseph thinks that Kevin is obligated to cover the Spanish-language press.

    Certainly someone could/should cover that, but why make someone who doesn’t have an interest in it do it?

  2. I don’t get Mailander’s criticisms of Roderick’s links to smaller, lesser-known blogs. First off, the whole quote seems internally inconsistant. Second, as a smaller, lesser-known blogger who enjoys a traffic spike when I get an L.A. Observed link, I say, link on Kevin.

  3. Kevin should cover the Spanish-language speaking element of Los Angeles, huh? How about the Korean speakers? Armenian? Portugese? French Canadian Ex-patriots? And what about those guys who go to the beach at Malibu, but only take pictures of surfers? I guess he should cover those guys too, right? And where’s his subsection devoted entirely to freeway signage along the 10 between La Cienega and 110? How dare he create a blog about Los Angeles, and not cover everything that I care about in explicit detail!

    If devoutly covering every Spanish-language element of Los Angeles is so goddamn important to Mailander, maybe he can take the energy he spends criticizing Kevin Roderick and put it into creating that blog, which he thinks is so painfully lacking in the Los Angeles blog-o-sphere.

    But when he saves Christmas by starting this blog, Mailander had better not link to any smaller, lesser-known Latino bloggers, because that’s generally not good for other bloggers these days.

  4. Mailander has a hair up his ass about Kevin not linking him enough. Or linking too much to Cathy Seipp. Or something. It all came out on Mailander’s site a few weeks ago. Kevin called him on it, and ever since Mailander has been bashing him as a Hahn tool and basically racist. Ridiculous and sleazy.

    The funny thing is that L.A. Observed runs more items about Latino media than any English language news blog in L.A. including Mailander’s.

  5. I don’t really expect non-Latino bloggers to focus on news from Spanish language media. I’m not sure if other Latino bloggers in LA feel the same way, but if I want to find out what’s going on with the Latino community in LA, I’m not going to such a blog. I’ll pick up a copy of La OpiniÛn instead or go over to Latino LA.

  6. I have to agree with CindyM, if I want spanish locale stuff there’s many other places that are not netcentric like printed media and even the arguably superior locale spanish news. (winners of several golden mikes and other such things)

    also uhm hello hasn’t he heard of the digital divide, it’s not like there are enough spanish speaking people with access to internet to generate an interest in spanish blogging.

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