I'm referring to a blog about Posterous, not a blog by Posterous, created in response to Posterous' continuing insistence on trying to steer the direction of conversation on the Posterous Spaces announcement post away from the sensible conclusion that Posterous Spaces was a disaster, by blocking many of the comments that weren't supportive of the spin that Rich Pearson wanted to put on events, and by trying to get those who were open about the bad experiences they had to take those experiences to private e-mail, while leaving the the fanboys to kvell mindlessly about the latest non-accomplishment. Since only one view - far and away the minority view - would be heard in public, the illusion of a supportive consensus would thus be reached.
I am deeply disappointed in Posterous for employing somebody who would stoop to that. The new blog, which I've named Posterous Watch, and hosted over on what I'm sure must be one of Posterous' favorite platforms, is a potential group blog. If Posterous starts performing and behaving better, getting its rogue or not really rogue employees under control, and nobody ever feels the need to post there after this, that's fine. I'd rather post about interesting or pleasant things than about somebody's low ethics or unprofessional behavior, and I'm sure I (and anybody else posting) can find other things - posterous related things, in fact, to post about on the new blog. How about the bookmarking and discussion of interesting posts on Posterous?
But if the sleaze we've already seen is a sign of things to come, then Pearson, et al. need to learn that they're not going to get to control their press. In that case, the blog will continue to be what it has started out being about - equal time for those who'd like to talk about Posterous' failings, both technical and ethical. Given that my non-Posterous sites do see several hundred thousand hits per year, and I intend to link to the new blog extensively, I suspect that it will be read. As I explain in "What is this blog about?, I am looking for co-writers who are willing to honor the purpose of the blog (shills and fanboys need not apply), so this might be a chance to get a little extra traffic for your blog.
We can talk about that. No contact options, yet, but that will change soon.