I’ll Be Back

By Loudoun Insider

The new Loudoun Indie is doing a story on Loudoun blogs that I was interviewed for. Some seem to think that the Loudoun blogosphere is dead, but it’s just in hibernation, in the calm before the storm. It’s summertime and the living is easy (or just very busy for me) and there isn’t too much going on right now in local politics. The local political machines will be in somewhat of a holding pattern while redistricting sorts itself out. Things will start to heat up in the fall and I’m sure I’ll have a lot more to say.


  • Leej says:

    I don’t know what happened to that paper since the merger, but they rarely update their website anymore. Perhaps only once week on fridays. Before the merger they had some very good in depth stories on the metro coming to Loudoun and Kincora etc. today their web site sucks big time. Hopefully they will get their act together soon or die to never be read again. They used to have some fun daily videos, much better then the paper they merged with Leesburg Today. The videos are also gone as well as the fun reporters. Leesburg Todays video reports have zero personality.

  • Agree with LeeJ – the current Indie website has articles on the main page that are several months old.

  • Leej says:

    I apologize I meant to say the merger with Loudoun Times Mirror not Leesburg today but the Leesburg paper needs more personality in their reporters videos like the old Independent had.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Look for it to be sorted by fall, I would expect.

    The in depth research articles will continue, as I understand it.

    The Independent staff just finished moving out of the Ashburn digs that had been occupied in some form by some of the same folks for twenty years, give or take.

    I think they’ll get it worked out.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Barbara is a regular columnist there now I see!

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Independent of what?

  • TruthseekerVA says:

    I was quite unimpressed with the first edition of the Indie, but will reserve judgement until I see a few future editions. Lets face it, PRINT IS DEAD!! They seem to have abandoned their website, which makes absolutely no sense since that is the future of journalism. They fired their best reporter for a cheap kid and their first edition was short on content. Not a good start! If I were them I would make the LTM a two time a week paper. Maybe one that comes out on Tuesday to cover whatever happened over the weekened and any upcoming issues followed by a Friday edition with updates and weekend events.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Yes, LI.

    What I wouldn’t give to have been a fly on the wall as tea and coffee spit with abandon when some opened their first issue!

    The way I understand it, both will keep their publication dates, with LTM focusing on news, and Indie doing the mulitpart deep research articles and features.

    We’ll see how it goes.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Truthseeker, that’s the way their sister publication the Fauquier Times Democrat does it.
    Barb, I’m sure there was plenty of coffee spewing! I think you’ll do well.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    LI, I don’t doubt it (the spitting).

    Thank you for the vote of confidence.

    I honestly appreciate it.

  • LI, seems as though you and Doorbell Queen were interviewed for the Indie article. Congrats.

    As for me, well, I’m just sitting here waiting for the phone to ring. 😉

    [insert cricket chirp here]

  • […] I see that noted Too Conservative contributor Loudoun Insider was also contacted. I’m curious to see the scope of this story, […]

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Sorry Lloyd, but as I told Geddie, I am the undisputed king of the Loudoun blogosphere!

  • John Geddie says:

    LI, Thanks for the mention and your time on the phone. The final article comes out Friday. It might be a little remedial for the blog experts, but hopefully will be a good introduction for those the uninitiated.

    Lloyd- You’re completely right about the website. We felt it was important to move to the new format for the Indie sooner rather than later and the redesigned content doesn’t always “fit” the new website. A redesign is on the way though and we’ll work to better balance the release of content in the meantime.

    Thanks for the feedback–always feel free to pass along any suggestions on format or content.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    So LI, did he interview Joe Budzinski?

  • The local papers are all in a world of hurt financially, so it is not surprising they would have periodic staffing problems such as being able to keep the Web site updated. There is just not the money anymore for full time reporting. It is like what happened with the Washington Times over the past few years.

    Just three years ago we used to have three local newspapers delivered to our house each week – the Independent, the Easterner and the Times-Mirror – with the Herndon Compass a few times each year. On top of them, the Connection, the Observer and Leesburg Today were available at the Safeway in Sterling Park or the library in Cascades. Now, we have the Independent at the house, and nothing else available anywhere. Quite a shift in a short time.

  • BlackOut says:

    Who told them Door Bell Queen was a major blogger in this area? I wouldn’t even call her website a blog it’s more like a journal. It’s convoluted, closed, and has ridiculous navigation. It’s the only site that keeps the current TC site from being the worst architecture in the area.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Colleague, Mrs. Miller does three blogs, apparently primarily by linking to other blogs in posts she posts to two or all of the three.

    She’s doing her bit, and it will all probably look great when she files to run for something, like her famous husband.

    She may not be a “major blogger” in terms of content or gravitas, but she’s a major person in that she’s a political wife, on the Board of Virginia NARAL, and looks a lot like a future candidate.

  • FedUp says:

    Hail to the King!

  • FedUp says:

    TruthseekerVA, who did they fire?

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Thanks, FedUp, you know its true!
    If they talked to Doorbell Queen and not to Joe B. then it isn’t a real article. I agree with Barb, she wouldn’t be anyone’s radar screen as a blogger without being a Sup’s wife. I try to read that site once in a while, but as with Air America, liberal media is boooooorrrrring.
    I also agree with BO about the “new” TC look – still hate it, but it isn’t my call.

  • TruthseekerVA says:

    They let Jason Jacks go. He was probably one of the best reporters in Loudoun. And no, I am not his mother!!

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Please, Jason Jacks was never a great reporter! Neither was Liz Coe, who simply regurgitated Wade Byard press releases.
    I just let a John Geddie comment out of moderation, it’s about halfway back in comments here.

  • TruthseekerVA says:

    LI, I said he was the best reporter IN LOUDOUN and never said he was great. There are very few reporters in the county anymore who have the time nor the enthusiasm to dig for a story anymore. I am not sure what the future holds for news in Loudoun County but I don’t think the Indie is it. I have my own ideas about what would work if anyone is willing to li$ten.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Erika Jacobsen Moore is the best reporter in Loudoun County these days – super thorough.

  • The Indie just arrived on the doorstep. The focus of the “blogosphere” report centers on Loudoun Insider’s work at Too Conservative, and deservedly so. Nobody has done what Loudoun Insider has done locally covering the critical governmental issues and we should all tip our hats to that wonderful man – or woman – who brought blog discussion from cat fighting and rumor mongering to almost the level of professional reporting..

    /sarcasm off

    Actually, as you all know, LI has done work far beyond the “professional journalists” and this Web site is more valuable than any local news outlet. Good to see you get the recognition, LI, and honestly they should have hired you. You are the man Or woman.

  • TruthseekerVA says:

    Erica does a good job. But like most Loudoun reporters she is spread too thin and is covering too many major aspects of the county.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Haven’t seen it yet, but Joe, you are the first guy to really get Loudoun-oriented blogging off the ground – you deserve recognition as well. I’ve had inquiries from various media outlets to blog for them, but I value my independence too much!

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    I just read it–also interviews Joe, Ric James, and Mrs. Miller, with some Tammi Marcoulier and the Suburban Fizz lady too.

    Wish they had gotten the Op to speak for the record–har har har! lol

    Mrs. Miller reads you, LI, but not the comments, because they are beyond her comfort zone.

  • Yeah I value my free weekends and ability to wear my hair any length I want, so I will remain a hobbyist.

  • Dean Settle says:

    The Operative Word is now residing in Washington State. Both of those contributors moved on to new challenges for elected officials out there and have long forgotten Loudoun County.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Well at least Miller still controls one opposition blog!

  • Todd Ackerman says:

    It appears that the “Indie” has gone out of business. Nobody answers the telephone, the website isn’t being updated and the paper isn’t being delivered, at least not in my Ashburn neighborhood.

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