Boy it sure looks like Wall Street Journal cover boy and San Francisco District 5 Diarist Rob Anderson has taken to answering comments that he himself writes. It’s either that or somebody’s putting him on, pulling his leg.
But first things first, RA complains other bloggers in the 415 ignore him “as much as possible,” which doesn’t make a whole bunch of sense. That’d be like saying lovely Vélib Bike-riding Dark Angel Jessica Alba…
Rob Anderson’s nightmare – shouldn’t she be in a car? Click to expand:
…ignores SFCitizen as much as possible, as if she makes calendar entries like “Ignore SFCitizen.com” to remind her to do so on a regular basis. It’s a piece of cake for her to ignore the masses, just as it’s not hard for the average bay area blogger to ignore District Five Diary. There’s no conscious effort to ignore D5D, one of the millions of web logs in the world, right? Moving on…
Bob’s latest missive concerns the following, ostensibly written to RA by “Anonymous”
Just discovered your blog and I have to say it’s a breath of fresh air. I enjoy reading about SF and its various development projects, but feel blogs like sfist, curbed, sfcitizen don’t really present much of a balanced view. While I don’t agree with everything I’ve read here either, I’m glad there’s someone like you on the intertubes and I look forward to becoming a regular reader.
Got that? “Anonymous” just happens to cite two veritable online communities, two large, custom-built, paid-editor blogs that probably attract well over 10,000 people each every day (feel free to check out any website you want over at Alexa.com) and conflates them with SFCitizen, a tiny bone stock WordPress effort that gets about 2000 unique visitors a day. Who else in the world would do that but Rob Anderson?
You see, this little blog looms large in Bob’s cerebral cortex due to it labeling (labeling, not libeling, oh no) him “Crazy” Rob Anderson and/or “Don’t call him crazy” Rob Anderson. Perhaps Bob would like to shoot the messenger, but that’s how he’s referred to by people around town and even on his own blog - “Crazy Rob Anderson.” (That’s what the quote marks are for.) Sorry. (Some people are irritated by RA’s Bike Plan victory in Superior Court so that’s what they call him.)
The other clue is that “Anonymous” feels that SFCitizen writes about “various development projects” like the Market/Octavia Plan or the UC extension. This blog never comments about those kinds of development projects - why would “Anonymous” think that? Why would “Anonymous” think that nonexistent presentations about development projects here aren’t presented in a balanced fashion? Mmmmm…
So, check out this bad-ass, slightly modified Wall Street Journal stipple drawing of RA and then read his response to “Anonymous” below.
Welcome aboard, Anon. I bet you didn’t learn about this blog from other bloggers in the city, since they ignore me as much as possible. It’s good that you mention development, since I often write about subjects other than the bike fantasy. You’ll notice that I get a lot of comments from people on my bike posts but rarely get any on my posts about, say, the Market/Octavia Plan or UC’s ripoff of the old extension property, two big projects that will completely remake the heart of the city for the worse. Back when I was a young radical, we grappled with some serious issues, like the war in Vietnam and civil rights. Here in the political theme park I call Progressive Land the young rads mostly get excited about relatively trivial issues, like graffiti, bicycles and defending their right to misbehave in public during the Bay to Breakers race.
You see? RA was a “radical” in his younger days. But don’t quote him on that, ’cause if you quote something from his blog, like the fact that he’s a self-confessed JFK conspiracy “crank,” he gets cranky. Oh well.
So there you have it. Tempest, get in your teacup.