Declining exuberance?

I won’t have much to add to what Cone and Roch have have already said about today’s N&R article entitled Bloggers’ Exuberance Declines Considerably” except to say I agree with both of them and disagree with Marta Hummel’s depiction of the local blogosphere. 

Marta didn’t use much of the material she got from me either except for the fact that my blog was down at the time of the interview.  If it had fit her premises, readers would have heard me say that the local blogosphere was simply in a lull at the time of the interview, bloggers will come and bloggers will go – but the overall vitality of the local ‘sphere remains as high as it has ever been, and its not at all about the money.

But at least we bloggers are able to dispute the tone and substance of Hummel’s article and provide people with context and unpublished portions of our interviews that didn’t fit the ‘woe is blogging’ headline.  You really have to feel sorry for any non-blogging entity who is convinced they weren’t given a fair shake in a similarly misleading screed.


Update: John Nagy edited Marta’s story and he defends the product over at the N&R’s Bizz Buzz blog.

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  1. By Hogg’s Blog » Local logs alive and clicking on July 19, 2006 at 6:07 am

    [...] You just aren’t getting all of the news that is news if you aren’t reading local blogs.   Back in February, an article in this very paper reported that Greensboro’s nation-leading ‘blogosphere’ might just be losing some of its “exuberanceâ€?.  But apparently, local bloggers never got the memo.  Take this past week, for instance.   You probably read on these pages that Guilford County GOP chairman Marcus Kindley made a statement linking homosexuality to pedophilia, but the actual deed occurred on his weblog: “The Chairman’s Cornerâ€?.    Although Kindley now insists his statement was “taken out of contextâ€?, you’d be able to make your own judgment on his backtracking if you’d been keeping up with local blogs.   Even though that story has long faded from what bloggers fondly refer to as the MSM (mainstream media), Kindley’s apologists and detractors  continue to re-hash the issue and take the conversation to places you would never expect (such as multiple uses for various body parts).  Yes, blogging exuberance still abounds.   Then there was last week’s rally by Guilford County’s black leadership in support of the “Declaration Against Intolerable Racismâ€?.  Sure, the local MSM made obligatory mentions of the event the following day, but for the wider story and pure stick-to-it-ness, there’s nothing to match blogs, where you would have read how one African-American Greensboro blogger responded to the declaration and rally on the courthouse steps.  “…Stop marching & having rallies & actually DO SOMETHINGâ€?, wrote Ken B., proprietor of The House of Xanadu.   Others took a more conciliatory and cautious stance about the leadership group’s call to action to stamp out racism.  Pastor Joel Gillespie opined on his blog that he knows that racism still exists, but he doesn’t think it is “hiding behind every treeâ€?.  Nor does he think very many racist trees are still standing hereabouts.“   “The tendency here (to) pull out the racism card, and to hype racism as the source of so many evils, does not contribute to the decline of racismâ€?, he writes, “nor does it solve the problems of real racism.  Indeed it polarizes and possibly even creates and promotes racism.â€?   But local blogs not only expand on widely reported current events.  Real local news occurs on them as well.   This past Saturday, Ed Cone linked to a statement by state Rep. Pricey Harrison, one of a group of legislators who recently took a taxpayer-funded boat ride near Beaufort.   Harrison stated on her blog, “…many of you have heard about legislators celebrating the Tall Ships event on a state-owned ferry. Regrettably, I was one of those legislators. I made a mistake and I have reimbursed the state for all expenses incurred on my behalf.â€?   Readers who comment on blogs are bloggers, too, and Harrison’s announcement elicited a range of responses.  Comments below the blog posts ran the gamut from the warm and fuzzy over at Harrison’s blog (“Kudos! You’re a class act and I’m glad you’re representing my districtâ€?); to some sniping over at Cone’s place: (“Give her a break. She made a mistake like when she voted “yes” on the lottery, then had to change her vote to no after it passed with a margin greater than one vote. These things happen.â€? (Comment by Gate City)   No. The “exuberanceâ€? level of Greensboro’s famed blogosphere has hardly subsided.  To the contrary, as new voices are added, the conversation continues unabated.  Drop by and join in. -dhoggard no comments trackback this article comment on this article [...]