Tag Archive: Blogging

Emergency Programming Note

I was going to announce this after my appearance on #Murder tonight, however, a story broke that forces my hand.

I’ve broken off all the stories about craigslist, Backpage and the like into a new site called Crime Classified. The site isn’t quite ready for primetime, but an issue has forced my hand.

So from now on, stories about classifieds sites and apps will be over there.

If you follow me on social media, you don’t have to do a thing. However, if you follow me either on RSS feed or through the mailing list, you will have to subscribe to the new site as well.

And for further spoilers, I’m going to be doing the same for my social media posts as well in the near future.

New Exclusive Post for Patreon Patrons: She who shall not be named

New Exclusive Post for Patreon Patrons:  She who shall not be named

If you’re not one of my patrons on Patreon, now may be a good time to sign up as I just posted an exclusive blog post about someone I swore I would never blog about again.

For as little as $1/mo, or more if you’re so inclined, you could have access to these exclusive posts. Your patronage helps keep the site not only running, but virtually ad free as well.

15 years of fame

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It was 15 years ago today that I put forth my very first website and man was it a load of crap. It was hosted a crappy hosts like Tripod and Geocities. It had long ugly URLs and even the dreaded dripping blood animated gif. Little did I know where that mess of HTML banged out on an archaic device known as a WebTV would take me.

It would start out with something that I wrote being splashed across the front page of the Washington Post in inflammatory tones. That would lead to me being interviewed my Canadian media after it was discovered that a Montreal murderer visited my site before he killed. Then I would be recognized by national media outlets like TIME and Rolling Stone for trying to keep social networks safer. Then finally being on CNN and CBS News being warning the country about the inherent dangers of online classifieds. It sounds more impressive than it really is.

I’ve been fortunate and grateful to have such wonderful opportunities to be recognized on a large stage in a small way. I couldn’t have done any of it without my readers of course, some of whom have become friends in the real world.

Where will it go from here? Who knows. But even after 15 years I still feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of what I’d like to accomplish.

Cease and desist THIS!

Justice for some

Justice for some

So I received my latest cease and desist letter from some lawyer today. Basically on one of my blogs I called his client into question who may or may have not been a child predator. One of the requests the shyster made was for me to remove the post. Fine.

I’m not opposed to removing the occasional post. If it’s what I call a filler post and is just there to take up space and is not a major story I’ll consider removing it that is if the parties involve ask politely. If the man in question had just asked nicely I probably would have removed the post with no problem. But no, this tool needs to go get a lawyer and send me a C&D. It will be framed with the rest of them. It makes me feel like I’m doing my job. Anyway, long story short (too late) I removed the post because I really don’t feel like being sued whether or not the suit has no merit.

However one of the other requests that was made was that I offer an apology to the man in question and leave it posted on the site for 30 days. I’ll be damned if I post an apology to a man whom I believe to be a serial child predator even though he’s never been jailed. You can make me remove a  blog post but it will be the coldest day in hell when I apologize to an ‘alleged’ pedophile.

Charlotte Wordcamp

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I had the opportunity and pleasure yesterday to attend Charlotte Wordcamp. Basically it was a meeting of bloggers to discuss ideas and network. You can read an article about it here.

If you’re a blogger and you have a chance to attend a Wordcamp do it. If you do go I strongly urge you to take at least two things, a notebook (like an actual notebook that you write on), and business cards. If you don’t have business cards get them printed up before you go. I lost count how many people asked me for a card and I felt like a total dweeb not having them.

It was great to meet a lot of area bloggers and connect with them. I wish I could have remembered everyone’s name. Unfortunately I have a mind like a wiffle ball. My Asus EEE PC, aka The Stealth Computer, was a real conversation starter too. It was weird having people ask me questions about my blogs only because I’m not used to wearing my blogger pants in public.

The highlight of Wordcamp for me was Mark Jaquith. Not only did he give us an in-depth preview of WordPress 2.7 but the best part was that he knew who I was. Granted we both do work for b5media but still it was immensely cool.

There was an afterparty at Ri-Ra but of about 120 participants at Wordcamp only 6 went to the afterparty.

Today.com

I saw an ad not too long ago that Today.com was hiring bloggers for just about any subject. I almost applied until I clicked a link to one of their posts and saw the following as an ad on their site…

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I’ll do almost anything to get paid to blog, except take porn money. Believe it or not I do have some standards.

On page 42 of the Rolling Stone

Yes it’s true. If you haven’t heard by now yours truly was interviewed by Sean Woods of Rolling Stone magazine and the interview is in the current issue with Borat on the cover. It tells the story of how I got started doing this and of my brush with Kimveer Gill. It really is an interesting read and I’m not saying that just because I’m the subject. Mr. Woods also gives a list of what he calls the best crime blogs on the net including MyCrimeSpace, Steve Huff’s CrimeBlog.us, Mark Gribben’s The Malefactor’s Register, and Kim Cooper’s, Larry Harnisch’s, and Nathan Marsak’s 1947project.

Steve Huff also gave mention to some of his favorite crime blogs that he felt deserved attention. I’m going to add some more to both of those lists…

T.O. Crime

We here in the states are pretty much ignorant to the crime going on in other countries and we’ve kind of gotten the impression that our friendly neighbors to the north are virtually crime free. Not so says our good friend Harding who focuses and writes very eloquently about crime in Toronto.

Crime in Charlotte

This blog is about the crime happenings in my own town of Charlotte, North Carolina. It is written by a woman who was the victim of crime herself and who is very frustrated about the revolving door policy of the local courts. The Recent Arrests feature, complete with mugshots and arrest records, is my favorite.

Parents Behaving Badly

By one of the masters of blogging himself Jay Allen. This blog focuses on some of the stupid and sometimes downright evil acts parents can perpetrate on their children.

Bonnie’s Blog of Crime

Bonnie is a virtual packrat when it comes to crime news. When a crime story breaks that piques her interest you can bet that she’ll have all the links you’ll need for that crime.

Now this isn’t to say that any of the other blogs on the blogroll are any better or worse. As a matter of fact all the blogs on the true crime blogroll are worth reading.

Here are some other mentions about the article:

1947project

Media Bistro

The Rap Sheet.