By Darryl Mason
Andrew Bolt on Twitter actually breaks a story of great importance :
The blog that made my friend Tim Blair cry and phone his lawyers (http://www.grods.com/) is gone.It's true. Grods is gone. "Teh End", as editor in chief Scott Bridges puts it, in this final, poignant, fleshlight-free Grods post.
If you don't know what Grods is, or was, it's too late now. It's over. Gone.
Well, not completely gone. Grods has been archived with the National Library of Australia. Here's the NLA's description of Grods :
Grods Corp is a blog with many contributors from around Australia and the world. It comments on all aspects of Australian and international culture, including political, media, environmental and societal issues.No mention of fleshlights.
But to get a heaped dinner plate full-flavoured idea of what Grods was, and what it achieved in its five years online, it's best to turn to these actual testimonials from readers, which were proudly displayed on the now disappeared site :
- Tim Blair
“Your kind of blog makes my stomach churn. Why am I reading it then? I don’t know…"
– Iain Hall
“You’ve been pretty boring for weeks, and I use you as my principal source of leftist-oriented entertainment.”
“Mindless, fascist-driven drivel”
“some internet dump”
– Tim Blair twice!
“Wow. What a post. Most (sic) be a new low… even for this site.”
“sad flaccid amoeba”
“Your website is a disgrace, a bunch of ego inflated wannabe’s casting judgement on situations you know nothing about”
“Brendan Nelson tragic in denial”
– Club Troppo
“…brought the scribbling on public toilet walls into the computer age”
– J.F. Beck “
"This blog post is the worst I’ve ever seen. It’s badness creates a vortex.”
“[GrodsCorp] is 100% abuse and mostly fiction”
– Dr (sic) John “TingTong”
“bastion of immaturity and sex fetishes”
– Private Tom
[Scott is a] modern-day totalitarian socialist vegetarian"
[GrodsCorp] is 100% abuse and mostly fiction”Grods was all of the above, and more :
– Dr (sic) John “TingTong” Ray
“This post, and its comment thread, exemplifies the problem with this whole blog: an inability to move beyond the politics of the playground.”
– daddy dave
“left-wing hate site”
– J.F. Beck
“Why don’t you GrodsCorp or rather GrotsCreeps, FREAKS get a life. You lefty retarded commo zombies belong in a zoo… Do everyone a favour and go jump in an active volcano or stay in the sewers where you belong!”
– Paul Johansenn
“No wonder you guys have no cred, you’re all assholes. You treat people with contempt. Good luck getting your opinions heard, fucktards.”
- Top Country Boy
Death By Wanking
This is an example, from the BloggingCatGate Scandal of earlier this year, of the usual quality of comments to be found at Grods :
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Club Wah pays tribute.
As does The Bastard Son.
The former editor in chief of Grods, Scott Bridges, is now writing for New Matilda and Crikey and has a great writing career ahead of him. The Orstrahyun wishes this socialist, totalitarian vegetarian, and internet elitist, the best of all luck, and safe travels.
I miss Grods already. I'm sure Brendan Nelson feels the same way.
The Australian blogstream just got a whole lot more boring.