Today on Tommy T’s obsession with the Freeperati – “Hello, I must be going” edition

Good morning, everyone.
14 years! Damn.

In the early 2000s I got hooked on First Draft founder and blogmistress Athenae’s “Obsession with the Freeperati” posts. I would occasionally venture into the pit of stupidity myself, and find dumb shit she hadn’t mentioned. So – I would occasionally send her emails with links to the things I thought she would enjoy. Then, on August 1st of 2008 I got this :


I was gobsmacked, and quickly accepted. Athenae gave me the keys to the kingdom, assured me that I could say “fuck”, and I was off to the races.

And now, 14 years later, it’s time to call it a day. Besides, I doubt I’ll ever top this 5.4K hits day :

All good things must come to an end, and this has been a great thing. Of course, you’ll still be able to read all of my contributions HERE , if you wish, but you’ll be in very good hands with Adrastos, Cassandra, Jamie O, and Shapiro. It’s been a helluva ride, and I thank you all for reading and commenting.

I’ll let Groucho play me out :


22 thoughts on “Today on Tommy T’s obsession with the Freeperati – “Hello, I must be going” edition

  1. Best wishes always. Monday mornings will never be the same. The Freepers are gone from this site / They’ll not be back again.

  2. I’ve always liked your takes on the strangeness you would step into. Your humor helped to make it bearable despite it being disgusting for you at times. Thanks for your visits and editing. It kept me out of the morass.

    1. Wel, in the First Draft world, I was always just the comic relief, but sometimes you need a laugh in the worst way, and I always provided the worst way!

  3. Maybe in a few years, when I retire, I’ll consider reporting on the Freeperati if they’re still around. I’ve been following these silly people for so long just to see how they can get current events wrong 99.9% of the time that I almost already write a weekly column in my head already. Good luck, and thanks for reading so we don’t have to. It’s been fun!

    1. Actually, I was thinking you might be a great successor, as you were always giving me tips and Freeperville thread links I’d missed.
      Talk to Adrastos about it if you like.

      1. I’m very honored you would think of me. That’s a high compliment! Thanks.

  4. Happy trails Tommy! I have been a regular reader for years now. You work and humor will be missed.

  5. I can understand burning out on the Freepers. I hope, though, that Tommy pops in with an occasional post about his life in the music biz. The more gossipy or “can-you-believe-this-stuff” the better.

  6. That sucks. First Freeper Madness stops updating, and now this! I hope I can find another blog that is as clever as you and Ozymandias are.

    1. I liked Ozymandias, too. But there’s plenty of great posting and opinion pieces here at First Draft. Adrastos chose the contributors well.
      Thank you for the kind words, and feel free to hook up with me in the Book of Faces.

  7. I have referred to your intrepid weekly column as the virtual bargepole that provided a safe means by which the inmates could be inspected.

    I would have neither you stomach nor resilience, Tommy! [Prog] Rock on, m’boy!

    1. Many thanks, Amadan! And an excellent analogy! And I was listening to U. K. this morning, so the prog is up and running.

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