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Welcome to the T-G blogs!

Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at 11:14 PM

Welcome to the newly-redesigned Times-Gazette web page and to our blogs, which will feature voices from both within and outside the T-G staff. In addition to my own postings, I'll try to use this space to call attention to interesting posts from some of our other bloggers. Today, I'll focus on our community bloggers, the ones from outside the T-G:

Michael Bell takes a faith-based approach:

I earnestly believe that time is short before the "second coming" of Jesus Christ and I don't want to see anybody perish without knowing Jesus.In my studies I have learned that true salvation is received by the "water and the spirit" we can do nothing to earn it it was a free gift, but I am amazed at all the ones who don't accept it. The reason might be that they look at us and they see no difference. We "christians," and I use that term loosely, can talk a big talk, but we don't always walk the walk, me included.

I'm hoping that Keeley Graves expands on this fascinating little tidbit:

We also have a dog named Sam. He has recently become an escape artist. We're really proud of him.....

Margaret Reed is assistant director of Argie Cooper Public Library, and reading will be a big part of her focus:

Being a librarian, I definitely want to make reading a part of my blog, so I'll be doing weekly book reviews and suggestions on "What's Hot in Reading".

Expect politics, but no political correctness, from Carl McClanahan:

I detest political correctness and will comment on issues such as politics, education, religion and civil rights in a manner that most pundits won't.

Experienced blogger Cheryl Richardson will bring the same focus on animals to her T-G blog that she brings to her personal blog, Richardson Zoo:

My goal is to keep the community informed of fun news for animal lovers, as well as information about local and national pet-friendly events. I also want to promote networking with the animal organizations in town.

Green Acres is the place to be, as the old theme song goes, and Betty Brown, who retired with her husband to his native Bedford County after years in the big city, will add her own insight to the topic:

I'm going to write about the differences I find between city and small-town living.

Tamera Jesch has mixed emotions about the end of summer:

I am so glad that the blogs are up and running and it could not have come at a better time! The summer is rounding down as I get ready to send 4 of my 5 kids to school. Not sure if I should be happy, scarred, over joyed or heart broken.

I think we're going to have some great conversations here. Please don't hesitate to get involved in the discussion by leaving your own comments on each of these blogs!

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How would one be considered to be a community blogger? Thanks.

-- Posted by nathan.evans on Thu, Aug 2, 2007, at 9:52 AM

See my response at http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entr... .

-- Posted by Jicarney on Thu, Aug 2, 2007, at 1:10 PM

Apparently you can't blog on here unless you want to push your "faith" on other people or want to write about how beautiful this place is....what a shame that people with different views aren't allowed to blog on here. But I will continue to come to the site and comment as necessary.

-- Posted by stolen25 on Fri, Aug 3, 2007, at 4:31 PM

I will do the same...

It's sad that they can't continue to add other people to a 'community blog' site... Just like Shelbyville, they don't like growth or new ideas!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sun, Aug 5, 2007, at 3:54 PM

You are completely mischaracterizing my position. I said that, numerically speaking, the bloggers we have (and a few more on the waiting list) were about as many as we want to be able to work with. There are practical limits to how many blogs we want to allow, especially here at first. According to our publisher, we've already got more bloggers than any of our sister newspapers in the chain who are adopting this same web page template. We've already discovered the problem that only seven blogs can be featured on the front page at any given time. If we had 37 different bloggers, using our current page design and software, it would make it a lot harder for people to keep up with them under our system.

I also wrote that if someone was really serious about it, they should e-mail me directly and ask to be included -- which neither of the most recent commenters here has done. I guess it wasn't as much fun as complaining.

It's not like it's difficult for anyone, regardless of their situation, to start a blog on their own.

If the problem was that we didn't like "growth or new ideas," we would never have begun community blogging in the first place, and we would have screened our initial group of bloggers a lot more closely than we did. We literally took pretty much anyone who responded to our original call for bloggers, without knowing much or anything about their particular flavor of politics or theology, until we had reached what I thought was a practical number to start out with. We have a few more people who contacted us after that point who are already in the pipeline or waiting for open slots. I suspect the critics will scoff at this, but I promise you it's true.

If we were interested in censoring people, or promoting particular viewpoints, it would be easy for me to delete people's accounts or their individual comments, especially ones that attack me and the newspaper. But we're hoping for an open dialogue. We're hoping for give and take. (And we're getting it; look around.)

I hope that both stolen25 and darrick_04 continue to comment here, as they indicate they intend to do. That's exactly why our new interactive features are here. But I wish that they would give us a little credit for what we're trying to accomplish here.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Sun, Aug 5, 2007, at 7:11 PM

I have given your site plenty of credit.... 'Look around'

You advertised for bloggers TWO months before your site launched. T-G wasn't a very interesting site to visit, UNTIL NOW.. and living in rural area, I did not read a newspaper regularly.

I am very thrilled with this blog idea. Though it should have been noted, in politically challenging times such as these, and a rapidly growing county, with a few local offices exchanging hands recently, that community feedback and topic starters would be in more demand.

I'd love to agree to disagree with most people, but in the other blogs, we asked a multitude of questions, none of which were really answered. Bloggers just quit discussing it, which for the sake of the community is not a good idea.

I am young, and motivated.. I have been taught more christian values than many preachers on this earth, but the fact that I think outside the box a bit just disturbs a few people...

I didn't personally email you, because the blogs are not the easiest to find. It would be a lot easier, if the most active and updated blogs were put at the top of the list (as most social sites do)...And I figured there were bitter feelings already, as has been proven.

I look forward to a mulititude of discussion, but it would be nice to not have to JOIN a conversation, instead start a few. Because "stolen25 and darrick_04" have a vast amount of positive things to say, but the blogs we respond to are essentially negative, and sensitive in this "bible belt"...

We don't ask for any special privileges nor do we expect them. And we appreciate this site, otherwise we wouldn't use it. We just need more forward thinking individuals with their OWN thoughts, instead of using a book that does not answer the questions we ask.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sun, Aug 5, 2007, at 9:05 PM

I personally enjoy the blogs and think what you are trying to accomplish is nice. Too bad a few rotten apples may make me quit coming to the site, I hear enough whining and griping at work, I don't want to come here and keep hearing the same whining over and over again. The man gave you several sites to start your own blog, so go and start one and post a link to it on here. Quit whining cause you didn't get a blog of your own.

-- Posted by James48 on Tue, Aug 7, 2007, at 8:34 AM

... I'm sorry. Where is your blog?

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Aug 7, 2007, at 11:20 AM

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