I started The Truth About Cars (TTAC) to publish no-holds-barred car reviews. I gradually added blog posts on car news. When I created the GM Death Watch, the series caught the attention of the autoblogosphere and then the mainstream media, taking the site to the next level. I followed the story for years. And then GM went bankrupt. And . . . what? TTAC had become something of a one-trick pony. I was in the process of reinventing the site when I was reinvented out the door. Thanks to its relentless focus on the ATF Gunwalker scandal, sipseystreetirregulars.com faces the same branding problem. On Friday, Sipsey Streeter Mike Vanderboegh asked his readers if one of his commentators was correct when he wrote . . .
As bad as this scandal is, [Gunwalker] has taken over your blog. You used to inspire us, but you have lost your balance over this rather minor trip of tyranny that is but a blip in the over-all loss of our freedom.
Can you say straw dog? Or, as my smallest Schnauzer says (in her own Schnauzer way), love me, love me!
Which, of course, we do. Ninety-two comments later, our man Mike has pledged to follow the Gunwalker story to the bitter end, come hell or high water. My bet is high water. The scandal’s floodgates open on June 13, when Congressional hearings on Gunwalker begin.
As for focusing too much on any one thing, I learned that lesson the hard way. While no one’s pushing Mike out the door, perhaps he will also see the benefits of a little bread and circus.