The Rapid City Journal has Mt. Blogmore. Recently it won prizes. Recently also, it lost Bill Harlan who headed off to a public information and education job for the new research labs, etc. at Homestake and Sanford Research.
Just in the last day or so, the maverick look of Mt. Blogmore has been converted to the rather bland corporate standard homogenized look. It is so homogenized all the cream and flavor disappeared. Notice the boring similarity in the images below.
And in other changes, apparently instead of the semi-balanced basic posts used to stimulate discussion at Mt. Blogmore, we will get some posts more like something Bile O'Lielly or Calvinist Thomas might write on a particularly slanted day.
I suspect Mt. Blogmore may remain one of the best blogs in the country (it was honored as such recently), but I won't be holding my breath. One change is better however. Posts you or I might make are now shown as "pending" which is perhaps better than clicking save or post and then having the pixels disappear without so much as an error message. If Mt. Blandmore..er blogmore is still in a stage of flux, the HTML mavens at the RCJ might want to look for some slightly less bland WordPress themes. There have to be some better ones around somewhere.
Of course, people living in a glass blogs, shouldn't be throwing stones...I guess...maybe..ah what the hell.
**Stay tuned even if corporate bland is your favorite non-colorful--- Doug Wiken