Purgatory Online

Saturday, March 26, 2005

I originally compiled this on a whim as part of a longer entry, but it looks like it's something I might want to occasionally revisit, so I'm giving it it's own entry and updating it as warranted. Perm link here.

Most recent update: buried Purgatory Online, resurrected Bjoern's Baseball Blog.

Pre-history: Before the dawn of the Angels blogs, there was (and, I think, still is) an online journal of an Angels fan dating back into the 90's. I only saw it once and didn't save the hyperlink, so if anyone has it, let me know and I'll update. While not a blog, precisely, as it contained no links and didn't read as if it were written for the public, it was pretty well updated, mostly with game recaps.

May, 2002 - October, 2002: Purgatory Online, the beta version. Originally conceived as a general purpose blog that would talk a lot, but not exclusively, about baseball, I published a mixed-bag of stuff that I eventually wiped out when I decided to focus on the Angels.

October 10, 2002: First "real" Purgatory Online entry is posted.

January 27, 2003: "Halodan" begins publishing Halos Hardball. In what is probably a bad karmic decision, his first entry is about football.

April 12, 2003: Karma catches up. Halos Hardball ceases to be.

July 10, 2003: The late, lamented The Monkey's Paw publishes its first entry.

September 8, 2003: The late, lamented The Monkey's Paw publishes its last entry.

October 16, 2003: Halofan begins publishing at the Anaheim Angels Blog.

February 3, 2004: Rob's 6-4-2, doing double duty as an Angels/Dodgers blog, debuts.

February 15, 2004: Richard jumps into the mix with The Pearly Gates, a blend of five parts Angels blogging to one part right-leaning politics.

March 15, 2004: Chronicles of the Lads becomes the third Angels blog to start up in the space of 40 days. Chronicles will eventually find a niche as "the one who does actual statistical research."

March 25, 2004, 2:47 a.m.: ESPN correspondent Matt Allen moves from the Expos beat to the Angels beat, and converts his Expos blog to an Angels blog called Inside the Halo. ItH's focus is on analysis for fantasy baseball purposes.

March 25, 2004, 9:43 p.m.: Yet another new Angels blog, League of Angels, arrives on the scene. Technically, I suppose this was the first collaborative Angels blog, but the ratio of Jeff to Joe has been something like 9:1, so decide for yourself. Until Halofan's decampment, League of Angels was the sole Angels blog to be affiliated with a bloglomerate, in their case the Most Valuable Network.

June 7, 2004: Watching Jeff DaVanon becomes the first Angels blog to single out a particular player for worship. Inexplicably, that player is Jeff DaVanon, a servicable but unspectacular reserve outfielder.

September 11, 2004: Dawn of The Acerbic Alchemist.

October 6, 2004: As the ill-fated 2004 postseason begins, so too does the Haloblog.

December 29, 2004: The Halo Herald is born.

March 1, 2005: Stephen Smith, whose invaluable Future Angels site has been keeping track of Angels prospects for years, adds a blog.

March 17, 2005: The Acerbic Alchemist joins The Pearly Gates.

March 22, 2005: Halofan enfrocked, ensconces self in SportsBlogs.

March 26, 2005: The Halosphere gets its first international member, Bjoern's Baseball Blog.

April 24, 2005: L.A. Seitz of Chicago takes another stab. After abortive attempts at Angels blogging in January, April, and June, 2003 and February and July 2004, this one appears to stick.

August 5, 2005: Inside the Halo grinds to a halt.

August 19, 2005: Bjoern's Baseball Blog buys the farm.

November 26, 2005: Bjoern's Baseball Blog thrusts its mottled arm from its still-fresh grave and drags its lively corpse back into the sunlight. "Braaaaains," it croaks, re-entering the Halosphere. "Braaaaaains..."

December 27, 2005: Purgatory Online blows out the candles, turns out the lamps, and lights its pyre with its trading stamps.