Alan Lange announced on Monday that he will no longer be the primary face of Yall Politics:
All good things must come to an end. My tenure as the primary face of YallPolitics is one of those things. I am happy to announce that Frank Corder of the FireMcCoy blog will now be the face of YallPolitics.
There are a lot of reasons why I am making this change, but ultimately the biggest one is I just think it’s time.
The accomplishments of the site are staggering:
Over 40,000,000 page views
Almost 30,000 posts that now serve as a living breathing Mississippi political archive
Regularly named as one of the best state political blogs in the state/country
Mentions by the WSJ, LA Times, Forbes, WAPO, Overlawyered, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Reynolds, Pajamas, Politico, RedState, the Hill (I’m sure I’m forgetting a few) and just about every Mississippi political columnist and pundit around
And, of course, the book Kings of Tort that I co-authored as a result of our coverage of the Dickie Scruggs scandal.
Lange was an active blogger for 7 years.
He ran a blog for 7 years? Many blogs go dormant before they have 7 posts. Blogging for 7 years is about like playing running back in the NFL for 20 years. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to hang in there on this blog. But I bet it’s not 7 years.
Blogging is like shrimping. Hard. And sometimes you wonder why the hell you do it. Particularly when you piss people off. And if you have a decent political or legal blog, you are going to piss some people off.
Alan Lange is one of the founding fathers of Mississippi blogging. He built Yall Politics into a one-stop site for political information in Mississippi, including legal issues with mass public or political interest. In addition to reporting and commenting, Lange led a legal challenge a to secrecy orders in a court proceeding. In writing about that case I stated:
It’s an interesting indicator of the direction of the media that the challenge was made by a blog instead of a print newspaper. In the past, newspapers would have made this type of challenge. But with circulations down and news papers both struggling financially and controlled by large corporations, the days of newspapers being the conscience of the community appear over. That role appears to be shifting to bloggers. But in Mississippi at least, there are probably not enough bloggers yet to completely fill the void.
Lange and Yall Politics are a big reason why there are any bloggers to fill the void. We have some very good reporters in Mississippi. But we do not have enough of them. Blogs like Ya’ll Politics, Jackson Jambalaya and NMissCommentor play a huge role in keeping people informed. And they do it for free.
I doubt that this blog would exist if Yall Politics never existed. That probably applies to other current and future blogs that Mississippians rely on for information. It’s hard to overstate the impact that the site has had under Lange’s leadership. Lange will be in the inaugural class of the Mississippi Blogging Hall of Fame.