Blogging Bayport Alameda

April 15, 2016


Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

First, Tax Day, but you actually have over the weekend to finish it, so your procrastination has paid off!

Also, fun fact, did you know that this blog officially turned 10 earlier this week?

Yeah, my first blog post was made on April 12, 2006.  I actually pushed three out on that day, I’m not sure why so many, probably overly excited.  At first the plan was just to have a strictly Bayport based blog that would simply appeal to my neighborhood, it sort of morphed from there.

You may be wondering why my next blog posts didn’t materialize until July 2006.  Well two days after the first Hello World, I ended up in the hospital giving birth to number 1 daughter who turned 10 yesterday.

So while the blog technically started in April, I didn’t really get the blog off the ground until July after I managed to keep a tiny human alive for three months.

In a brief trip down memory lane, apparently I was scolding Tony Daysog as far back as 2006.  Just for consistency sake.

But seriously, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for reading and participating in the blog.  Thank you.

Particularly those who have been around all ten years.  You all deserve a prize of some sort for longevity.




  1. Thank you for your excellent blog! Your coverage of local events, development, and civic life is outstanding and I’d be lost without it.

    Comment by Tom Wismar — April 15, 2016 @ 7:08 am

    • Ditto what Tom said. Thank you Lauren!

      Comment by Catherine Egelhoff — April 15, 2016 @ 8:53 pm

  2. Wow. I was just saying to someone this week, that this blog and Steve Benen (carpetbagger, Maddow blog,) were blogs that it seemed like I had been reading for a really long time. didn’t realize it was that long. Nice work! I learn something from you almost every week. Always impressed by your research

    Comment by librarycat — April 15, 2016 @ 7:08 am

  3. Happy Anniversary.

    Comment by Lurker — April 15, 2016 @ 7:17 am

  4. I remember the first blogs. Bayport was new and it seemed that most of the people in Alameda hated Bayport, and now they have come to accept it and a lot of them now hate the newer developments. Some people just don’t like change, so no matter what happens, they hate it. Now the trees and landscaping have grown up, the houses are starting to be painted differently, so the development is starting to take on a personality of a grown up instead of a new born.

    Comment by joelsf — April 15, 2016 @ 7:22 am

  5. Congrats! Keep it up. You and your participants have built something here to be proud of.

    Comment by MP — April 15, 2016 @ 7:42 am

  6. So for all of you who have waited to file your taxes this weekend you are not alone:

    Comment by Mike McMahon — April 15, 2016 @ 7:49 am

  7. Thank you, Lauren, for your excellent service to our community!

    Comment by Vicki Sedlack — April 15, 2016 @ 8:11 am

    • 2nd!!

      Comment by Robby — April 15, 2016 @ 8:23 am

  8. Congrats. I arrived in Alameda in 2010 but didn’t start reading this blog until around 2012. I said “Why do I care what happens on Bay Farm?” lol #DevelopmentNamesCanBeConfusing.

    Comment by BMac — April 15, 2016 @ 9:31 am

  9. Wow, Lauren a whole lot of water has flowed under this bridge. Thanks, John P.

    Comment by John P. — April 15, 2016 @ 10:34 am

  10. Thanks for being our devoted PR mouthpiece for all these years.

    Comment by [Someone who is not really the] Alameda Democratic Club — April 15, 2016 @ 11:00 am

  11. Yes, congratulations to you and your outstanding blog! Such a terrific community resource. I’ve also come to understand a whole array of issues much more deeply than I did before. Thank you for all of your work, and cheers to another 10!

    Comment by Dya — April 15, 2016 @ 11:21 am

  12. I have read the blog all along, and commented when I felt like I needed more information or had something to share. You do a great job with your reasonableness and great statistical backup. I really like your blog and kudos to you for doing it! Bureau for you.

    Comment by Kate Quick — April 15, 2016 @ 12:09 pm

  13. Happy blog anniversary! You’ve done a lot to fight the voices of reaction on our little scepter’d isle.

    Comment by BC — April 15, 2016 @ 1:26 pm

  14. Congratulations on your 10th anniversary! Thank you for keeping us honest with the facts, and to some extent, our own bias and hypocrisy. When city councilmembers refer to and comments on your blog, it’s having an impact citywide. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Cindy — April 15, 2016 @ 3:46 pm

  15. Kudos, not bureaus.

    Comment by Kate Quick — April 15, 2016 @ 3:54 pm

  16. Alameda is lucky to have you. Your blog changed this town significantly fit the better, finally providing voice to the majority of Alameda residents at a time when change was on the cusp of happening and community narratives controlled by a very small number of people. You’ve provided a space that allows all voices done of which have maintained throughout the years and others that come and go with the issues. We all owe you a sincere debt if gratitude. Thank you.

    Comment by jkw — April 15, 2016 @ 6:38 pm

    • Majority of Alameda residents?

      Which majority would that be? The majority that voted for Suncal? The majority that Marie G got? The majority that wants longer commutes?

      The majority of your facebook friends is NOT the same things as a majority of Alamedians. Get over yourself.

      Comment by Mark Valentine — April 18, 2016 @ 2:23 pm

      • jkw? You got a ghost writer or sumtin?

        fit the better
        allows all voices done of which
        debt if gratitude

        Comment by jack — April 18, 2016 @ 4:50 pm

        • Yep, my phone likes to guess what I’m trying to tight. We work as a dysfunctional teem.

          Comment by jkw — April 18, 2016 @ 5:23 pm

      • Mark, I have to agree with jkw. When we only had Alameda Daily News, if you disagreed with Don Roberts…he wouldn’t post you comment, it was a jaded one sided “blog”. The majority of Alameda is represented here whether you agree with a post or not.

        Comment by joelsf — April 19, 2016 @ 8:28 am

        • I wonder how BBA’s viewing stats have changed over the past 10 years. Are there more readers/day now than 5 years ago? Than 10 years ago?

          This blog proves that democracy works: you can let people write whatever they want and still be worth a daily read.

          Comment by vigi — April 19, 2016 @ 3:06 pm

  17. Beyond the well researched material consistently presented here, the space for unfiltered dialogue has been the greatest community resource. As a former elected official the opportunity to read the diverse points of view helped me better understand the how our governmental institutions impact the quality of life in Alameda. As a result, I felt I was better prepared when faced with tough decisions that inevitably came our way.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — April 15, 2016 @ 9:42 pm

  18. Congratulations Lauren on 10 years of providing excellent content and discussion about our city and neighborhoods! I first encountered your blog with the theater renovation controversy and enjoyed re reading this post from July 2006

    Comment by Kevis Brownson — April 16, 2016 @ 11:49 am

  19. Thank you, Lauren.

    What the internet looked like 20-ish years ago is not much different.

    When we spend $30 million to renovate housing that no one will ever live in, we can’t afford nice things.

    Comment by Gerard L. — April 16, 2016 @ 4:12 pm

  20. Congratulations Lauren on your 10 year anniversary! I first heard about your blog from a friend that told me you were responding to some comments that I made on the Alameda Daily News. It was the year you launched your blog in 2006, and back then the only blog I knew about was the Alameda Daily News – so I was pleasantly surprised to find your blog.

    It’s nice to be able to look back on your blog and see the pressing issues we faced over time, and the discussions we had on what to do about them. It’s like having a library and a reference – a look back on where we’ve been.

    You’ve been brave enough to cover some very difficult subjects and I must commend you for that – it’s never easy in a city with so many different points of views. When we can have civil discussions and debates about the issues and everyone feels like they can be heard, we can perhaps learn something from each other in the process, I know I have.

    Thanks Lauren!

    Comment by Karen Bey — April 17, 2016 @ 7:48 am

  21. Many thanks for the thought and research you put into your blog. I discovered it about two years ago, upon the recommendation of a friend. I must confess I was a little confused initially as to why it was called Blogging Bayport, when it addressed issues of much wider significance. The research that you do, and forum you provide, is a valuable part of what I’m coming to love about the community that is Alameda

    Comment by KSD — April 17, 2016 @ 6:35 pm

  22. Happy tenth anniversary to Lauren and all those who have contributed posts and comments over the years. What a ride!

    Comment by Jon Spangler — April 17, 2016 @ 10:35 pm

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