Quang Pham opts to depart the Orange Juice

A few weeks ago we invited Quang X. Pham to join our blog team – and he did so spendidly. However, not much later he began to write for our friends over at the OC Blog as well. My blog team had a problem with that.

We are trying to do something different here at the Orange Juice. OC Blog does what it does, and does it well, but their posters are, for the most part, GOP insiders, and they are anonymous. Our posters, by comparison, are Democrats, Republicans and Independents – and I don’t allow anyone on my team to use pseudonyms. Moreover, while some of us are quite experienced in politics, none of us are part of any political “machine.” Most of us are in fact political rebels.

I asked Pham to decide which blog he wanted to be a part of, and he said he wanted to post to both blogs. That didn’t work for our blog team. And so Pham is no longer part of our team.

We wish Pham well in his future endeavors. On a personal level I hope he learns eventually that you cannot serve two masters, as the saying goes. As my co-blogger Claudio Gallegos pointed out yesterday, our site is doing quite well – yesterday we had over 500 visits to our site, and we are averaging over 400 visits per day, since our inception. That’s not bad! If it is not enough of a platform for Pham, well I can only hope that he will find more visibility elsewhere. It just won’t be happening here.

While we are on the subject of platforms, I just received the following press release regarding Pham (who apparently doesn’t need the blogosphere after all):

A UCLA Alumni Association Event

Meet author, entrepreneur, veteran and UCLA alumnus Quang X. Pham

Thursday, August 24, 7 p.m.

The DUCK CLUB, 3512 Michelson Drive, Irvine, Calif.

Contact June Kim at JuneKim@UCLAlumni.net or call (949) 551-1380.


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