Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Introducing: Newsbits

This is the first installment of what should become a regular feature here on Grand Forks Life. Some of you will probably recognize it as a blatant imitation of Tu-Uyen's "Quickies" from his City Beat blog. I like the idea of being able to post something about many different topics without having to say so much about each topic. In the past, I have skipped posting about a topic just because I thought the post would be too short. This way, I can group together a couple of different mini posts (maybe related, maybe very unrelated) into one bigger post. I also like having a section like this where I can put up links to some of the more interesting topics that other area bloggers are talking never hurts to do a little linking between blogs from time to time. I'm not 100% sure about the name "Newsbits"...any other ideas or is this decent? I thought of "GrandForksGuy's Briefs", but that just sounds naughty...funny though, huh?

So here goes...

•Tu-Uyen has put up a couple of interesting posts about the upcoming city elections in Grand Forks. Check out this post to see how the candidates score on the ever important conservative/liberal scale. Looks like we have a pretty conservative bunch of candidates. Most conservative: Peder Rice. Least conservative: Tom Potter. Tu-Uyen also has a poll going to see who people think will win in the two competitive wards. It will be fun to see if his results mirror the election results.

By the way, does anybody else get a kick out of the fact that Tom Potter's wife is "Weezie"? I always think of a "deluxe apartment in the sky" when I see that name. In my book, Potter should get props for being the candidate with the best spouse's name.

•Ward 2 candidate Peder Rice has his own blog. The lack of posts makes me think that Peder must be busy hitting the pavement campaigning instead of blogging. Anyways, it's interesting to see a candidate with his (or her) own blog. I would have been happy to see some of the other candidates follow suit. For that matter, it isn't too late...start blogging, candidates!


Tu-Uyen said...

Hey Guy,
Mac's got a Web site, too, though not a blog. It's at

Dave Miller said...

As someone who is getting into the business of working on campaign websites, its amazing how frightened candidates are of a blog on their site. The majority don't know how they work and that scares them. I think they feel the term blogger is a bad name. The think I'm trying to get across is that you don't have to call it a blog. The process is blogging but the website is constantly updated with new information... information from the horses mouth. And in my opinion that is gold.

Peder Rice said...

I finally got around to putting some design time into my website (and yes, it's 2:30 in the morning, I would love to get back on a regular schedule).

It's a bit rough around the edges (commenting, for instance, isn't in there, but I'm still learning Blogger's theming, so I'll have to tackle that tomorrow).

GrandForksGuy said...

Looking good, Peder. Can't wait to see some more posts from you as we inch closer to election day. By the way, I have allergies too and they always kick in when I mow the lawn. They can be a real bummer, huh?