Remember the snarky days of 2009 when this blogger and the writers of the Tampa Bay Times’ Bay Buzz blog would swap paint. In April of that year, I calculated that more than 10% of the posts and comments on the Bay Buzz blog somehow involved me. Going back and forth with editor Heather Uriquedes and reporters Cristina Silva and Aaron Sharockman actually helped make this log what it is today.
What is SPB today? Well, it’s mostly what Bay Buzz blog bills itself as: “Bay Buzz is your source for Tampa Bay politics news and discussion. Tampa Bay Times writers offer the latest in Tampa Bay politics and government news from Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County and Hernando County.”
SPB doesn’t cover local government news like it once did, but it certainly owns the Tampa Bay political beat, at least more so than the Bay Buzz does.
Case in point is what happened Election Day.
The blog which says it is the “source” for Tampa Bay politics did not publish a single blog post about Election Day in Tampa Bay. Of course, the Times offered election results and wrap-ups on TampaBay.com, but not a buzz from the Bay Buzz.
No one even casually involved in local politics expects much from the Baby Buzz. It long ago went on life support, despite the occasional effort to revive. But why even have it if Times editors aren’t going to have their reports post to it? Why not just pull the plug on the Bay Buzz.
Probably because they don’t want to read the post mortem blog post that would go up immediately on SaintPetersBlog. The headline would simply read: “Rest In Peace, Buzz Blog.”