Just when you thought it was safe to surf the internet…
My much praised and maligned website Wrongmont is BACK for the upcoming 2009 Longmont municipal election!
For those unfamiliar with Wrongmont’s history: It’s a website I started back in 2002 and was instantly noticed by the Longmont Times-Call (even made the front page). I also was highlighted in Yellow Scene when they wrote, “By founding Wrongmont.com, Rodriguez became one of East (Boulder) County’s early independent publishers.” I also got my share of detractors along the way, more fuel for the fire.
I retired (temporarily, it turns out) Wrongmont on April Fools Day, 2008. Even people who agreed with the site didn’t like the name, too negative they said. And some fools in the area thought there was shame involved with that site and its name – nothing could be further from the truth. I still sign comments on the Times-Call website with the name Wrongmont. I’m proud of some of the things that site accomplished and take back nothing.
In the time since, I started a voter registration drive/get-out-the-vote project Vote! Longmont, I was the Longmont Examiner, the Denver Aviation Examiner, and had a podcast for about 8 months – all things that took a considerable amount of time, more time than I had to commit to them. Luckily, my wife has taken over the Longmont Examiner spot and most of the responsibility for Vote! Longmont, and I’ve added contributors to Longmont Advocate to spread the workload and get different viewpoints. Contrary to what some might think, it’s never been about me. I like to come up with ideas, get them off the ground, get others interested and motivated to get involved, and then leave it to others who may do a better job in the long run. Other than the Examiner spot I resigned from and the podcast which I terminated (which I can fire up again at any time) the other sites are getting better traffic than ever, in large part due to the people who have come on board.
Which gives me more time to be focused on what I like most, local Longmont politics.
So, I thought it was apropos to bring Wrongmont out of mothballs and use it as a news aggregator for all things related to the upcoming election. The original premise of the site was “what’s wrong with Longmont?” – not that “everything was wrong with Longmont” as some fairly dim people concluded. But what you will find on the site now is exactly what (in my always humble opinion) and more importantly who is wrong for Longmont.
There are articles that go back years about current council candidates, and more added all the time. Many were pulled right off Longmont Advocate, some from other news sources and authors. I want to make it as easy as possible for people to find information on these candidates, and as was always the underlying goal of Wrongmont and every other site I’ve edited/published – to get as many people interested and involved in local politics. That goal has never changed – whether it was public speaking, a blog, a podcast, or a voter registration drive.
So, sit back and sift through the years worth of material I’ve provided. Subscribe to the RSS feed, or check back regularly. At the very least, learn about what’s going on and who’s involved in your local government, maybe even write your own letters to the newspaper, speak at City Council, and ask tough questions. And of course, VOTE! Let’s see something better than the usual lowly -50% voter turnout.