Additions to

While I’ll not pretend to know what goes on down at the N&R’s Department of Blogs, I do now know that someone is coordinating something somehow.  It smells like Lex.

For the longest time only about a third of their extensive line-up of blogs have been listed on Greensboro’s premier weblog aggregator, but a couple of days ago… wham… they’re all there: Schlosser’s excellent AA&A, Michael Fuch’s money saver, Jarboe’s Biz Buzz, Taft Wireback’s traffic reports, North High Point parental-steam-valve The Chalkboard, the always lively religion oriented Front Pew, Doug Clark’s opinion blog, two sporting news blogs The Spotter (NASCAR) and Sports Extra, and, finally, Allen Johnson’s Thinking Out Loud.

It was high time for someone down there to finally pull the switch and add these voices to the mainstream conversation.  I am a sporadic reader of many N&R blogs in large part because my jumping-on place is Greensboro101 and a special effort is required to check what non-listed blogs are covering.

In addition to the N&R’s, other new blogs are popping up on 101.  Some are good, but others, in my opinion, are unneccesarily redundant.

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  1. John Robinson
    Posted July 23, 2006 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    I’m not sure that being added to Greensboro101 means that you’re part of “the mainstream conversation,” David. Anyway, credit Michael Grossman, who is the Secretary of the Department of Blogs.

  2. Posted July 23, 2006 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Yeah, you’re right John… but you know what I meant.

    Anyway… good on Michael.

  3. Posted July 23, 2006 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Right now the PRIDE! Blog really doesn’t have much to offer. It is summer time, classes are out and the group isn’t holding any events, meetings or activities. Once school starts back up PRIDE! starts holding some events (add in of course commentary on campus politics and such) the PRIDE! Blog will have more to offer. I think some more PRIDE! officers will also become contributors.

  4. Posted July 23, 2006 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Oh… and I should add that while we definitely want the local community to keep up with what PRIDE! is doing and our events and activities, the PRIDE! blog and the PRIDE! website are mainly geared to/has a target audience of UNCG PRIDE! members & supporters, UNCG students, faculty and staff and the local LGBT/straight allied community. In comparison, other blogs (such as the N&R blogs) probably have a lot more to offer to a greater number of people because they have a bigger target audience.

  5. Posted July 23, 2006 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Good use of capitalization, MATT.

    I guess it is because I just got wind of PRIDE! via 101 – but most of it read was you, repackaged. I’ll check back from time-to-time.

  6. Posted July 23, 2006 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    John, I think I’ll have to agree with David on this one. As far as blogging goes in Greensboro, Greensboro101 is about as mainstream as it comes. When it comes to Newspapers,and news, you’ve got that market cornered.

  7. Posted July 23, 2006 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Yeah… some of the posts are…. But don’t give up on us yet! August 14 (classes start back up) isn’t too far away. :)

  8. John Robinson
    Posted July 23, 2006 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Yes, I know what you meant, David. My only question was the idea that to be part of the mainstream conversation you have to be at Greensboro101. That sense of being “the only place” to be is one of the things that the mainstream media has been criticized for in the past (and in the present.)

  9. Posted July 23, 2006 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    OMG. 101 is “mainstream?” When innaheck did *that* happen?

  10. Posted July 23, 2006 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    now if roch would only give us an rss feed to *our* blogs… roch?

  11. Posted July 23, 2006 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    GateCity Blog remains independent. Nothing wrong with going mainstream (we check 101 a couple times a week), but we are happy being alt media. If you write decently and somewhat entertaining, people will find you and keep coming back.

    Hogg, our offer to pimp your blog in exchange for a sign is still open. We will vote for you for best blog again at the N&R (repeat voting like last year) as well.

  12. Posted July 23, 2006 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    It’s a done deal, Gate. I haven’t ordered the t-shirts, yet, but cue up the shameless promotion.

  13. Posted July 23, 2006 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Mainstream? Cool.

    I’m glad to have the N&R blogs. Their addition, along with the six other new blogs added this week (and removal of a few that have gone dark) brings the total to 108. I
    I’m glad too for the advice of the Greensboro101 advisory board. The Bargain Blog is the first of its kind on Greensboro101 in that it is completely commercial in nature. This raised the question of how we want to handle blogs with commercial messages. Can we draw a line between a blog like the Bargain Blog and the eventual possibility of a merchant whose blog is also solely commercial and wants to be included on Greensboro101 to promote his or her product? The concern being over clogging up the news and information of the people of Greensboro with commercial messages. Patrick Eakes offered what seems to me an appropriate distinction: The Bargain Blog, while providing commercial messages, does so for the broader consumer interest. A merchant promoting his or her business would be primarily self-interested so, perhaps we will come to not allow blogs devoted solely to commercial self-promotion. Some disagreed and didn’t want to see any purely commercial blogs on Greensboro101 at all. We’ll take it up at our next meeting and the Bargain Blog remains for now.

    I also asked the board to advise on whether or not to include the RSS feed for the N&R Letters to the Editor. There are several factors that make the LTE different from blogs including a limit on the number of words, no regular author or cast of authors (Tony Moschetti, excepted), titles written by someone other than the author of the “post,” and infrequent engagement by the authors in subsequent online discussion. We were of the unanimous opinion that the LTE feed not be included, but a subsequent conversation with Ed Cone has led me to want to revisit the decision at the next board meeting.

    Several advisory board members suggested that with the addition of the entire N&R blogging core, Greensboro101 ask for reciprocal links from each blog and even a regular mention in the paper that the N&R blogs can be found on Greensboro101. Seems fair to me, but since we don’t demand reciprocal links for other listed blogs, demanding reciprocity from the N&R wouldn’t be even-handed. Some of the N&R blogs do kindly link to Greensboro101, maybe the others will too now.

    Sean, I’ll soon be adding an RSS feed for the excerpts of local blogs added to the newswire and features sections of Greensboro101.

  14. Posted July 23, 2006 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Look for for some of that shameless promotion soon. Our hundreds of readers will get a kick out of it.

  15. John Robinson
    Posted July 23, 2006 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    I appreciate the distinction you make, Roch. My blog links to people who don’t link to me. I suppose some link to me and I don’t link to them. Not sure why anyone would expect all of our blogs to link to 101 just because, as with the other 90-plus bloggers linked to 101, we signed up.

  16. Posted July 24, 2006 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    awesome, roch! my blogsboro folder in bloglines was becoming unmanageable. thanks.

  17. Posted July 24, 2006 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    I must belatedly plead not guilty, David, as JR has pointed out above in identifying the true culprit. I think I suggested it months ago, but since then I’ve been spending more time reporting and less time blogging (let alone dealing with any bigger issues for our site).

    JR also touched on the subject of which blogs N&R blogs link to. So far, that has been left up to the individual bloggers. Many of them had a certain set imposed on them simply via copying of a pre-existing back when their blogs were created and would have no idea how to add/edit/delete their outgoing links. I’ve told them I’ll be happy to help them if they want to make changes, but so far no one has taken me up on that. ‘Course, it’s probably been more than a year since I’ve messed with my own.