Orble.com, a large community of bloggers, disappeared overnight taking with it years of work and sweat of thousands of writers.
What I find strange is that I couldn’t find anything explaining what happened. No chat over the internet, no emails advising it would happen.
It is so disrespectful to the writers. I know it was a free community but there is responsibility even if the currency wasn’t money. We have offered the community our most precious gift, our talents, passions in words. Even a post-the-fact announcement would have been better than nothing.
In my last statistics report, from the 27th August, 2015, one of my blogs “Aussie Folly” stated:
Rank for www.orble.com (Aussie Folly): 477 out of 21910
21,910 blog sites gone…
I am fortunate to have had all my writings backed-up offline but it still makes one sad to see the history, the work I have done, simply vanished. I noticed things were going badly once the special domains went offline and I managed to copy the main blog here.
In the end this has made me move to WordPress and learn how to make the best of it. It gave me incentive for the change and developing new blogging skills and knowledge.
If you have been an Orble blogger and knows anything of what have happened please post a comment. Just knowing more about it would help with the feeling of loss not only mine but of all the community members.
20 thoughts on “What Happened to Orble.com?”
No, no other news. Thanks for your post. If you could go to Sydney, Australia perhaps you could track them down. I can’t even remember the leaders’ names. Johnathan Deutch, or something? Cibbuano?
Would you have the address? I live in Sydney but it is a huge city, I might make an attempt!
I have to do more research to track them down. I just remember that their HQ was in Sydney. It’s good that you are in Sydney. Perhaps you can send me some screen shots…howardgis1 at verizon dot net. I’m good at tracking things down. Need for leads…
Here is the info: the parent company of Orble. com is On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN: 113479226. Aus Business Number. Locality: 2122 NSW (New South Wales). Postcode for Eastwood and Marsfield, NSW, 14 km from Sydney AUS. per http://www.ftb-companies-au.com
On Topic Media PTY LTD, 1 Coronation Avenue, Eastwood NSW 2122. Telephone 04-1675-5614. Revenue of $2.78 million. 4 employees. Founded in 2005. Aus Propropriety Company.
They still exist. They run the website http://www.weekendnotes.com which is still up!
also see https://weekendnotesgame.wordpress.com
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also see http://www.ontopicmedia.com.au/
Jon Deutscher is Orble. com is On Topic Media PTY LTD of Eastwood NSW 2122.
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Jon Deutscher is orble.com is On Topic Media PTY LTD of NSW 2122. Eastwood NSW 2122.
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it is possible that Jon Deutscher also runs Deutscher-Menzies Art gallery? http://live-new-south-wales4.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/202/879_deutscher_menzies_fine_art_auctioneers_and_valuers.html it’s on Toddman Ave by Brompton Road in Sydney near Moore Park and the M1 highway ( I saw the map)
Deutscher-Menzies Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers – 12 …
Deutscher-Menzies Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers – 12 Todman Ave … 65 MARKET ST SYDNEY … 133 Rowe St Eastwood NSW 2122 … Maynard John
I’d likewise be interested in finding out more about this. I had a blog there for close to five years. Luckily, I created everything off line and have copies of my work, but I’m still annoyed about this.
I thought I read some time ago that Jon Deutscher had left Orble and that was when they started having problems (“problems,” like the complete abandonment of any administration of the site — no response to emails, inability of anybody to post on the Authors’ Forum, etc.)
Jason King of Salty Popcorn, the movie review blog, had some comments about all this recently on Facebook, so you may want to check in with him, either on FB or his own site.
great to know…. lost my blog of 7 yers.
Reblogged this on News From the Bronx and commented:
yes orble plugged the plug on me…. realcrash.com was an orble blog from 2006 on.
For anybody who’s looking for their old posts — I’ve had some success finding what still exists on The Wayback Machine. Go to
into the search field. You should see a calendar with various dates circled. The last date is July 8, 2015. Click on a circled date and Orble appears. You can navigate around pretty much like you used to be able to do. You can even extract PDFs and take screenshots if you want to have something to prove these are your posts.
For anyone who’s looking for their old posts — I’ve had some success locating them on the Wayback Machine at
Go there and put
into the search field. A calendar appears with various dates circled. Click on one of those dates and Orble appears. You can navigate pretty much like you used to be able to do. You can even extract PDFs in case you want to be able to show your posts or to prove that you’re the one who wrote them.
It’s been two years since I put the address of my orble blog on my fb group. I thought it would be nice as it has many followers. However, when I just browsed the address there was only game app named orble. Here you have made me sure that it’s really gone. Thanks for your information sir! Thanks also to orble, for used to giving me the chance to bear my feeling through the unspoken words.
I had the ORBLE blog Chatterpillar. The one with the big bright cartoon Chatterpillar logo. For more see 14 May 2021 post in Facebook Alan Carroll, Dargaville NZ. I recall ORBLE started as an Internet punt by Fairfax Media Group.