Local blogs alive and clicking

It has been an interesting couple of weeks in the local blogosphere so I thought a few others ought to know about it.  My bi-weekly N&R column touches on just a few of the issues that local bloggers have been covering.

If you are new to keeping up with Greensboro’s considerably exuberant line up of weblogs, a good jumping-on place would be Greensboro101.com.  There you will find not only the day’s featured postings, but also an up-to-the-minute page that aggregates participating blogs and provides snippets of what each is writing about.

If you want to know what bloggers have to say about items that appear in the N&R, they have a new feature called ‘Blogging the News’ with links to some of that commentary.

If you are new to blogs, be careful, they are addictive as Sodoku.  If you aren’t new here, get on with your daily fix.

Anyway… here’s today’s column.

By David HoggardN&R mast_1_27.jpg

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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 “exuberance�.  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 Corner�. 

Although Kindley now insists his statement was “taken out of context�, 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 Racism�.  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 SOMETHING�, 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 tree�.  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 racism�, he writes, “nor does it solve the problems of real racism.  Indeed it polarizes and possibly even creates and promotes racism.� 

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.�

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 exuberance 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.

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3 Comments

  1. Mike K.
    Posted July 19, 2006 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyed your column today David and I’m glad to know that I can get honorary “blogging” status without having an official blog of my own. That’s downright neighborly of you.

  2. Posted July 19, 2006 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    And it costs me nothing, Mike.

    To me commenters are bloggers without the software. Many times the comments are infinitely more interesting and well written than the post that originally elicited the response.

    My posts, of course, are the exception to that rule.

  3. Mike K.
    Posted July 20, 2006 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    I do what I can and agree whole heartedly with your “exception to the rule” :)