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May 30, 2005

Discussing blogging

There's an interesting discussion at SlantPoint, sparked by the use of yours truly as an example of how not to blog. At the root it seems Scott Sala, the blog's author, doesn't comprehend that while those of us who live in small towns, like living here, there's really not much going on to blog about like there is in places like NYC, where he lives. That was driven home a while back when my kids and I wondered what would happen if we got our local paper a day early like Gary Hobson on the series “Early Edition”. We skipped our own town and looked at the paper for neighboring Tulsa. Frankly, there would have been very little that we could have done, since there weren't that many serious local stories that were that timely. But Tulsa's a nice town anyway.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 30, 2005 10:34 AM

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What aggregator do you use, and can you email me your list of 70 to 80 blogs you monitor in it?

Posted by: Don Singleton at May 30, 2005 01:23 PM

Even if there isn't much going on in a small town, some things are going on, and there probably isn't a mainstream media outlet covering it. Just writing about a school board or planning commission meeting you attended or what you've heard about the new building going up on the outskirts of town would give readers more info about your town than they can find currently, and tools like Technorati tags will make it easier for them to find you.

Still, each of us have our own blog-calling. Your focus is on national and cultural issues. My emphasis has been and will continue to be on local issues, plus whatever else I choose to write about. Scott started out as a national blogger, but he saw an unfilled niche covering New York City politics, and he's doing a great job covering the mayoral race there.

Posted by: Michael Bates at May 30, 2005 09:13 PM

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