Buffalo blogosphere

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.

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2 Comments

  1. Kara
    Posted 2/28/2006 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    You missed a Geek Meet in town, sponsored by the Artvoice. I think you would have felt at home.

  2. Posted 3/3/2006 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    Hi there, Alex!

    That’s quite a title, “Dean of Blogging.” Congrats! I wish I had been a blogger when I lived in Buffalo. Nice to see you mentioned over at Sandhill Trek:
    http://sandhill.typepad.com/sandhill_trek/2006/03/howdy_doody_buf.html
    one of my favorite bloggers … not a Buffalonian though.

2 Trackbacks

  1. […] Alex Halavais The “dean of Buffalo blogging” always offers insightful commentary and research on the trend-making disruptions of the online (and sometimes offline) world. Frankly speaking, he’s the reason why a lot of graduate students I know come to Buffalo. Still, I’m glad to see him move onto newer opportunities. […]

  2. […] Professor Alex Halavais, who actually teaches about this stuff, weighs in on the Buffalo blogosphere and our recent attention in Steve Watson’s Buffalo News article. 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. […]

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