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CalStuff Not Dead, Just Vegging Out

Posted By Christine Borden On Jun 20, 2007 @ 2:35 pm In News | Comments Disabled

On Monday, Ben Narodick officially announced that “CalStuff isn’t dead” but that Monday’s post would be his last post.With no writers to keep CalStuff going, the great UC Berkeley blog is no more. But it’s not dead.

“CalStuff is alive – just alive in the Terri Schiavo sense of the word,” Narodick wrote.

So … it’s brain dead?

OK, all joking aside, it really is quite unfortunate what’s happened to CalStuff. It paved the way for the rest of us and made Berkeley blogging a more serious endeavor for all us: the Daily Cal, the Clog, bloggers and students alike.

We’re pouring this one out for our homie over at CalStuff.

So far, it’s hard to say what’s going to happen to the Berkeley blogosphere. The Cal Patriot Blog noted Narodick’s goodbye, but will it have any great effect?

CalStuff, besides its characteristic commenters, was inactive for a while—more than four months to be precise.

But in its heyday, CalStuff was a recognized news source, respected citizen/student journalism and the foundation for the Berkeley blogosphere today. It was both a rival and complement to the Daily Cal. Even UC Berkeley’s NewsCenter featured the team of bloggers in a “best of” story [1]:

bq. The four students who run the blog “CalStuff,” for example, see themselves as a filter for Berkeley-related news and happenings — and view their blog as a supplement to the Daily Cal, not a replacement for it. “We all recognize that the Daily Cal is the No. 1 source for students and we’ll never have the manpower to come close,” says Andy Ratto, a third-year political science major and one of four regular bloggers for CalStuff (profiled below). “That’s not what we’re trying to do. There are certain things that a blog can do differently and better than a print newspaper …”

Where would we be without CalStuff?

We think CalStuff has reached its end, but blogging in general is thriving in our society. More and more people create their own blogs and more and more newspapers add blogs to their websites.

Still, finding bloggers to take on the enterprise is a difficult situation. And, like CalStuff, we’re still looking for writers [2] too.

Image Source: CalStuff.com
Take It Out Back, Tie It To A Tree [CalStuff]
We need blogs [Cal Patriot Blog]


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[1] team of bloggers in a “best of” story: http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2004/10/04_blogs.shtml

[2] looking for writers: http://clog.dailycal.org/501/get-paid-to-write-for-the-clog

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