City Neighborhood Blogging

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The Seattle P-I, along with City Club, hosted a panel tonight on neighborhood blogging. Panelists included Tracy Record of West Seattle Blog, Cory Bergman of MyBallard, Amber Campbell of Rainier Valley Post, Scott Schaefer of B-Town Blog, and Heather McLeland-Wieser with the Seattle Public Library’s Shelftalk.

Moderator Monica Guzman of the The Big Blog asked the panelists a number of questions involving how they generated readership, moderated comments, used advertising, worked with the local media, and how local blogs have been able to cover local neighborhood issues in ways that traditional media is unable to cover.

Many of the panelists shared different stories about how their blogs are engaging their community. Campbell mentioned that Rainier Valley Post was recently able to contribute to a fund for the funeral of a local child that was killed in their neighborhood through PayPal donations, and Record shared her passion for the pets section of West Seattle Blog. The amount of information available through these local (and sometimes hyperlocal) blogs is amazing, and many of the bloggers, like Record, Bergman and Campbell have devoted a lot of hours and lost sleep to their neighborhoods.

As Record mentioned, neighborhood or place-blogging has become a kind of ‘calling’ for some Seattleites. If you’re out and about on the Internet, be sure to check out your local blogs- a lot of them are doing some really amazing things in their communities, and if there’s not one in your neighborhood, there probably will be soon (or hey, you could start one yourself- many panelists stayed afterwards to lead a workshop on creating your own blog). Happy reading- and be sure to mention any neighborhood blogs you think are worth reading in our comments- the more, the merrier!

4 Comments so far

  1. ravennarebecca on September 5th, 2008 @ 9:20 am

    Oh, why, WHY is there no preview function?!

    *pounds head against keyboard*

    Here’s what I meant to say:

    Okay, then, in the spirit of mentioning new neighborhood blogs, I’ve started one about Ravenna (at, appropriately enough).

    It all began when the Husband and I noticed that the playground behind the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center was all torn up. There wasn’t neighborhood blog around (that we could find) that could tell us why, so we thought we’d try to fill the gap.

    Well, that, and all the cool kids are doing it.

    I wouldn’t say the blog is doing "really amazing things" or "worth reading" yet, by any stretch, but it’s a start!

    Now, let me get into my time machine so I can attend that blogging workshop. :/

  2. Beth (sea_beth2) on September 5th, 2008 @ 9:30 am

    No worries- I can delete your earlier comment if you desire. Thanks for letting us know about the Ravenna blog! I’m so glad someone’s covering that neighborhood- I go up there a lot for volleyball games and it’s definitely in our short list of places to look at when we decide to buy a house. Can’t wait to check out the blog! :)

  3. ravennarebecca on September 5th, 2008 @ 10:09 am

    Oh, yes, please. Delete away.

    I put in the link but no text for the link to be attached to. The second post minus the first three lines is what I meant to say.

    Thank you!

  4. Beth (sea_beth2) on September 5th, 2008 @ 10:32 am

    Sadly, I can’t edit comments (wish I could do that for my own sometimes!), but happy to help out :)

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