Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Grand Forks Blogosphere

I was thinking today about how fast the local "Grand Forks Blogosphere" - as I like to call it - has grown in the past six months or so. If I'm not mistaken, Dakota Huseby's Voice of Dakota was the first blog that covered local news, but several other pretty popular blogs have joined Dakota in the past few months. Based on the amount of readers and commenters on my site alone, it looks like there are plenty of people out there who are interested in blogs about Grand Forks.

When I consider the emergence of so many Grand Forks blogs, it makes me wonder where the "Fargo-Moorhead Blogosphere" is. Aside from a couple of blogs at the Fargo Forum's Area Voices website, there don't seem to be many blogs that primarily cover Fargo-Moorhead issues. I guess it's just another area where we have Fargo beat, huh? :)

Actually, I would like to see even more GF blogging. I would love to see some of our elected officials (Mayor Brown, City Council members, etc.) start their own blogs. Also, when is someone at WDAZ going to start blogging? I suppose I could count Terry Dullum's The Dullum File blog as a WDAZ blog, but it doesn't seem to have too much to do with Grand Forks. Milo? Cassie? Won't someone at 'DAZ follow in the example of your counterparts at the Herald and start a blog? Let's make the Grand Forks Blogosphere bigger...bigger is better.


Mark said...

Nice work, GFG. Dakota may have started first, but you deserve the lions share of the credit for spurring local weblog activity. Your site is popular because you have high quality content, good information and well written posts.

I'd second the thought that there is an appetite for locally-focused online discussions; in its best months, vastlane.org was doing 80-100,000 pageviews/month.

Coffee Guy said...

You asked for it. I haven't written anything in a few weeks, but if I know people will read it I'll add to it.