For those of you that have been lurking around on the local Internet for probably far too long, you know that where we are now versus where we started at are as diametrically opposed as are sound leadership and the stumbling of our Bumbler-in-Chief.
During the infancy years, sites posted by locals included a site about the "Strippens'," another site put up by a Wilkes-Barre resident who collected exotic motorcycles, and a site that explored our unique linguistic offerings. Ac-a-me, comes to mind. None of which predated my original offering, Wilkes-Barre Online, which first appeared on December 2, 2000.
Anyway, back on November 23, 2006, I posted a video on YouTube.com titled "All the Madmen (of Northeastern PA)." Actually, it was a slide show that was a capturing of a moment in time, a snapshot of the local blogging scene at that time, if you will.
What I noticed today after signing into YouTube for the first time in a dog's age is that in less than five years, the local blogging scene as we once knew it has radically changed. Actually, it's long, long gone.
Your assignment: Give the video a whirl, grab a pen and a scrap of paper, and while watching this ad-hoc muckity-muck of a thing, make a notation for every Web site that still exists. Trust me, you won't expend much ink.