I was very happy to get a note from the BuffaloPundit, not only because it represents a great local blog, but because his blogroll points to a bunch of other local bloggers. I had been periodically watching for local Buffalo blogs, but to be honest, most of these were not what I have called “public bloggers.” In other words, to a greater or lesser degree you needed to know the person and their posse to understand (or care about) what they were writing about.
I’ll also encourage you to visit the Elmwood Strip community. I’ll let it describe itself:
Elmwoodstrip.orgis a free community dataspace based in the elmwood strip community of Buffalo, NY. This digital public space brings buffalonians together by allowing them to digitally share and embed their local experience within the data structures of the site. Users can embed text, sound, animation, and video without having any web programming experience and without the use of any expensive commercial software. After the user finishes click-publishing their media, the embedded data becomes immediately available to the public via the elmwoodstrip.com interface. By lowering the learning curve for publication to the web, and tying the publication in with a dedicated local readership, we hope to open up this digital documentation process to a segment of the population that typically does not produce their own media or record their own historical experience.
The system itself was developed by Paul Visco, an MFA student here at UB. It’s interesting in that it was designed from the outset to help foster community, and many of the issues educators using blogs have recently faced, he treated at an early stage. It has a couple hundred users, all within a fairly limited community running along Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.