Kinda like the KISS Army

I don’t want to sound preachy here, but I’ve been thinking lately about how much I’d like to see more local people start writing more blogs.

Sure, sure. There are the PennLive blogs (yawn) – but where’s the meat and potatoes?

Ever since Justina went Hoffa on us, the PennLive blog section has taken a major nosedive, in my opinion.

Sure, there are some intelligent writers in there- I do enjoy Phil Dodd and, all personal differences aside, Fred Otteson writes an easy to read and relatively classy blog. Brett Lieberman has an interesting take on Pennsylvania Politics.

But aside from them, I could really do without reading how some college chick doesn’t care about the primaries (what?! is she serious?!) or how another mid forties woman has become single and is now using the internet as her own personal therapist.

Surely there must be more talent in our local gene pool.

Christian Ruzich covers everything from Major League Baseball to National Politics to The Hold Steady.

Harrisburg Nightlife covers….you guessed it! Harrisburg Nightlife (with class and diligence, unlike some other sites that claim to cover Central PA entertainment)

Floor9.com runs the gamut as well- one day it’s about intelligent lighting at Dragonfly and another day is how the apocolypse shall be constructed by the hand of Ron Kamionka.

Josh Karns has a nice, easy to read site hitting a lot of bases- rock climbing to Patriot bashing- there’s something in there for everyone.

And when talking about local bloggers, we certainly can’t leave out the lovely Sara. Covering the Harrisburg hotspots and words from the hoi polloi, the girl keeps one leg straddled on each side of the proverbial fence- by day writing a column in the paper- and by night hitting the web with updates on some of the areas best kept secrets.

Recently, a new guy has popped up- calling himself “Grandpa Moses” and titling the blog “The PennLive Censorship Blog“, this is certainly one of the more thoughtfully written blogs concerning local politics. My only criticism is the anonymity. He’s got great points to make- but it’s obvious that this person works somewhere in the local or regional political arena. (and doesn’t want his identity to be known)

[edit: it looks like Grandpa Moses left as soon as he began to arrive. oh well, we've still got the Central PA Gazelle]

But lets see some more, dammit!

I’d love to read a Randy King blog. Or a Linda Thompson blog. Or a Fred Clark blog. How about a Mayor Reed blog? (Does he know how to use the internet?)

Even a bartenders blog. Or a state-workers-lament blog.

Harrisburg City Police blog?

Life and times of a local musician blog?

C’mon people. The tools are at your fingertips. If you’re taking the time to read this ghastly site, there are certainly some of you who know you can do better.

Seriously, if you’ve got the ability to compose an email or maintain a MySpace or Facebook page, you too can write your own blog.

And contrary to what the relics believe by hanging on to the notion that print media may have some sort of ninth inning rally and come back as some hip, new and relevant source for current and noteworthy news, the bloggers ARE the new media. Opinions and the status quo are shifting away from dinosaurs like print newspapers, FM radio and the eleven o’clock news.

It’s sort of like taking the power back. How long do we have to listen to dictated, scripted and marketed bullshit before we collectively agree that “enough is enough”?

If you’re even remotely knowledgeable on any subject or have anything close to an opinion and can construct full, grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs, you should write.

It doesn’t take long. Hell, you don’t even need to write every day. If you’ve occasionally got something on your mind that you’d like to share with more than just the people at the water cooler or the bar, go get an account with WordPress or Blogger- they’re free and virtually idiot-proof.

And the local hub for all of these blogs?

BlogHarrisburg.com

Right now, it’s syndicating about eight local blogs- this one included.

I’d love to see that number increase. ‘Cause I know there’s more of you with some great observations to make- and great things to say.

Don’t wait for The Patriot News to get things done. Print media continues to show it’s age time and again.

It’s time for the students to again become the teachers.

4 comments

  1. Amen, brother! There’s an urgent need for more bloggers in the area for the very reasons you outlined. You just KNOW the talent is out there! Even if they could only bang out a paragraph once or twice a week, some of those ideas would be spectacular. If anyone wants to start blogging and needs a helping hand, I too am always glad to help get them off the ground — and get some traffic as well.

  2. Sara says:

    Aww, Jersey, you’re much too kind.
    Nice post. I definitely want to see more local blogs, but I think it’s important for something well-written and relevant. I tire easily of overblown rants. Anyone who posts regularly though, is appreciated (though I can’t be too critical – I go on my own mini-hiatuses and don’t post nearly as often as I’d like). I’d like to read a blog from someone learning something new in the area, or a retail blog that isn’t purely customer vents – or something about activities in the area (I know we have biking blogs, but in addition to those).

  3. [...] And I’m not the only one complaining about the lack of bloggers/social media users in the area — two of the few we have, Brian Polensky and Jersey Mike — beat me to it. [...]

  4. Hey, great post. I live near Harrisburg, and yes, I am a blogger. I blog about technology and my life over at http://www.brianpolensky.com and http://www.polenskyfamily.com. I guess it doesn’t normally pertain to Harrisburg but I am looking to change that. Actually, I am trying to start a Social/New Media fan group in the area. I did start a FaceBook group, but if you want to know more, email me at socialmediaHBG@gmail.com. I would like to get some harrisburg New Media people together and see if we can’t make this grow in the area.