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Community bloggers

Posted Thursday, August 2, 2007, at 1:06 PM

We had a question from one of my earlier posts about how one becomes a community blogger. We put out a call a couple of months ago for community bloggers, mentioning it both in the print newspaper and on our web site, and got a huge number of responses. Our commenter must have missed the original announcement.

We're not looking for too many more right now -- we actually have a few people on the waiting list who will be added over time. But feel free to e-mail me, jcarney (at) t-g.com, if you want to be considered.

Of course, it's easy for anyone to set up their own blog -- you can go to free services like http://www.blogger.com or (my recommendation) http://www.wordpress.com and be up and running within minutes. If you do that, and want me to mention you here, drop me a line about that as well.

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Personally I like the blogs..but then again I could argue with a fence post :>)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Aug 3, 2007, at 5:29 PM

We did not screen our bloggers based on religion or what we thought their opinions would be. And the site is literally two days old; some of our bloggers haven't even posted yet, or have only posted their initial introductory message. You might want to withhold judgment before declaring that we should shut the program down.

Also, as we've seen at Michael Bell's blog, his strong opinions on one side of an issue have given an opportunity for people with other viewpoints to comment and respond. Isn't that what you claim you want -- dialogue?

-- Posted by Jicarney on Fri, Aug 3, 2007, at 4:38 PM

If you are going to open up a community blog then shouldn't ANYONE in the community be able to blog and not just a select few...shouldn't all of us with opinions be able to blog about their surroundings and what is going on. While I think that the Blog thing is a good idea, I would much rather post a blog about my county and my opinions about my county on the local blog instead of on myspace. You shouldn't pick and choose whose opinion I should read, you should open it up to the public or close it down and let everyone go to the sites you recommended.

-- Posted by stolen25 on Fri, Aug 3, 2007, at 4:29 PM

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