17 December 2016

A disappearance

Does anyone know what happened to Squatlo Rant?

7 Comments:

Blogger One Fly said...

nope

17 December, 2016 10:44  
Blogger Pinku-Sensei said...

I recall a blogger making comments about fearing for his safety and freedom after Trump was elected as he was "pseudonymous not anonymous" so Trump's supporters and the government could go after him for his writings. It might have been Squatlo. If so, I suspect some Trumpanzee Red Hat made a threat he found credible and scared him into deleting his blog. That's a shame.

The other blogger I recall making similar comments was Badtux, but 1) I couldn't find "pseudonymous" when I searched his blog and 2) he's still around.

As for me, I'm not getting hostile comments at my blog (Facebook is another matter, but most of the conservatives from there have known me a long time, so they aren't as nasty as strangers would be). However, someone did scratch my car, which is a Prius with a Hillary bumper sticker. That combination makes it an easy target.

17 December, 2016 10:57  
Anonymous Connie from Denver said...

A couple of weeks ago I read that Squatlo was tired of blogging. Several commenters asked if he was serious and he replied yep, and he wanted to delete it all.

I checked in the rest of the week to find the spot missing. Then Squatlo returned for a day or two and then poof, it was gone again.

I hope all is well. In my experience a person who is just bored doesn't destroy their work unless something else is providing motivation.

17 December, 2016 11:21  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Dang, that's bad news. He posted a lot of interesting stuff, and I know the site made him a little money too, from his photography. I can understand the concern about threats, though.

17 December, 2016 13:12  
Anonymous Burr Deming said...

It is a loss.
Squatlo's longest explanation came in a comment to a December post:

Actually, I'm hoping to disconnect from the web completely. I've found this to be profoundly detrimental to my health and mental stability. I might come back someday under a nom de plume with a completely unrelated website or blog, but doubt it.

Wonder if they need photographers in the Yucatan Peninsula?

December 3, 2016 at 9:13 AM


He elaborated about a week later

Done thunk it. Bored with blogging, and don't see that it does anything other than preach to a choir that sings the same tunes.

then

Vonnegut ended every scene in Slaughterhouse Five that resulted in a death with "So it goes..."

Even if it was a bottle of champagne going flat.

December 11, 2016 at 3:38 PM


17 December, 2016 16:31  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thanks for the additional information. It sounds like he wasn't being threatened, at least. I'm glad of that.

19 December, 2016 06:12  
Blogger baquist said...

Thank you for this. I've been searching for a while to find out why the blog disappeared. Bummer. I will miss him.

24 February, 2017 13:05  

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