Metblogs -- the collection of local blogging sites that began in late 2003 as Blogging.la -- may be calling it quits.
With no funding source in the offing, Metblogs announced over the weekend that the sites would shut down on May 31:
Left with no other alternative we’re sadly forced to shut our doors at the end of the month. After 6 and a half years it’s been an awesome ride and we can’t thank the authors and captains enough that have made it possible. Seriously, you guys (and gals) completely rock and we’re humbled by all you’ve done to keep us going and making the sites so awesome. We’re not going to get into the nitty gritty of the finances but the rebound in online ad sales is taking it’s sweet ass time among other factors and has just put us too far personally into debt keeping the old girl afloat.
We want nothing more than to keep the sites online and going strong so if you’ve got some spare cash around and want to own the granddaddy of local news blogs drop us a line. We can be reached at sean or jason @metblogs.com. Barring a 4th quarter miracle the site will be going offline on May 31st.
It ain't over yet, though; Metblogs wrote via Twitter that "things are looking positive." Stay tuned.