Well, this is a round-about path. Lorna Peterson (on faculty at UB) dropped me a note indicating that fix Buffalo had referred to me as the “dean of Buffalo blogging.” (Oh, and I do like that, by the way. I’d put it in my tag-line, if I weren’t a deserter.) All of this pointing to an article in the Buffalo News about community blogging.
I do think that the urban critique found among Buffalo bloggers is, if not unique, at least unusual. I hope that articles like this will drive more Buffalonians to follow these blogs, and ultimately to take action. It’s a nice indication of how blogs and local communities can be tied together, and how blogging can be used toward a project that spreads beyond just a few people. I think an interesting piece of this is how often photographs are used on these blogs as a clear tie to place. Anyway, it will be interesting to see whether this can add momentum to local blogging efforts. Would love to see local politicians embrace this grassroots effort.
The article includes information on Buffalo’s city ranking for blog density derived from Jia Lin’s dissertation, by the way.