Did I say we speculated as to who the Blog Watch Man is?

I figured it out.

At the Bipartisan Blogging Summit luncheon today in Pierre, Todd Epp and I briefly talked about who the Blog Watch Man might be. And, it really piqued my curiosity. Sibby has an APB out on it, others have speculated. Basically, everybody is wondering who SD Blogdom's favorite classroom monitor is. And I think I got it.

I may be a failure in many things - becoming a millionare, my city commission race, birth control, etc. But if there's one thing I'm really good at, I'm a crack researcher. I've prided myself on being able to dig out minor details and build upon the research.

For example, there was someone who beat me out for a job I recently applied for. Just because I had no idea who this person was, I did some internet research on them - guess what? It took me about 5 minutes to note that it appears he has a criminal conviction. (Bet he didn't disclose that one at the job interview). The information serves no purpose at this point, but since the job is fairly political, it's just something to file in my head. I'm sure this guy will run for something. Someday..

In a campaign, your research ability can determine the strength of your offense and defense. Nowadays, much of the research can be conducted over the internet. But to get to the really good stuff, you're going to have to go offline.

Newspaper indexes are a great tool. Want to know what property they own? go to the County Register of Deeds. Voter registrations from the County Auditor can tell you when they registered to vote and in what elections they voted. And if they switched parties at some point. And nothing is better than the clerk of courts. Civil judgements, criminal actions. Either one might spell doom to a campaign.

I could go on, but you get the hint. You have to be a good information hunter who wants to delve into minutia.

I know people who can recite congressional election vote totals and statistics back for over a decade. Really, who gives a crap? I can find that on the Secretary of State's website. Give me an investigator who knows how to find the last ten places a person has lived. THAT person has value, because those skills aren't as easily taught. If you find that person, snatch them up, because they can be gold.

Speaking of the SDBWM, unlike Sibby, it took me about 10 minutes on the computer tonight to figure out who he was (and sorry Steve, you're way off). And for keeping this information secret..... I demand a shrubbery!

Actually, if he wants to disclose his identity, that's up to him. I think his blog is one of the best ones out there, and I don't want it to go away like others have. And I won't ransom his identity for a Monty Python joke. Although, I may consider asking for some of that cheese he wrote about. (That's the only clue I'm going to divulge. )

Ahhh, never underestimate the power of cheese.


*APOLOGY* Sorry, This is the second time I've use that cheese tagline. But it fit so darn well with the clue.

Comments

Corey Vilhauer said…
WHAT??? I've been clicking his damned Google links every day in an effort to gain an invite to his Crow Bar party (and covertly discover his true identity), but you've figured it out using the INTERNET?

I'm so jealous.

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