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May 11, 2006

Weblogs Inc. Takes Ohio

Heather Green

I had missed this debut, but in talking with the folks at Weblogs Inc. yesterday they mentioned that they started launching local blogs....starting with OHIO. Big shout out to you folks in the middle of the country. Five bloggers cover all there is to know about Ohio. I admit it though, I forgot to ask the basic question, why Ohio....however, other states to follow, apparently.

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Shalom Heather,

Five bloggers cover all there is to know about Ohio?

Puhleeze!

You might be interested in this comment thread:

democracy guy: Weblogs Inc. shoe horns a shitty McBlog into Ohio:

http://www.brewedfreshdaily.com/2006/05/09/democracy-guy-weblogs-inc-shoe-horns-a-shitty-mcblog-into-ohio/

B'shalom,

Jeff Hess

Posted by: Jeff Hess at May 11, 2006 09:15 AM

Why Ohio? Most likely because Ohio has alot of blogs, not just political but personal as well.

Even in my little part of Northwestern Ohio blogging is taking off. Then if you look at the Northeastern Ohio? Blogging is pretty well established and will most certainly continue to grow.

From a technical standpoint, look at Toledo's ranking for wireless, as well as other Ohio cities.

Posted by: Lisa Renee at May 11, 2006 10:24 AM

Here is the blogroll for just Northeast Ohio. You'll find much better content if you look over that list.

Posted by: Adam Harvey at May 11, 2006 11:10 AM

This is great. Thanks for sending along these links, really fascinating. I didn't mean to imply that Ohio isn't a good place to start a blog, just that I wasn't sure why Weblogs started there. But these links are very interesting!

Posted by: Heather Green at May 11, 2006 11:13 AM

I'm married to an Buckeye and have lots of Ohio inlaws, and I think I can safely say that with the exception of Ohio State football, there is little common ground between Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, and most of the places in-between.

I just think that such a big and diverse state doesn't offer much of an organizing principal for blogs. Now New Jersey, that's another matter altogether...

Posted by: steve baker at May 11, 2006 11:33 AM

all fast-food junk is tested in ohio before the rest of the country. ... no offense.

Posted by: schadenfreudisch at May 11, 2006 01:10 PM

This is just plain lazy reporting. Ohio has the biggest blogosphere of any non-coastal state and its not being covered by "Blogging Ohio". The Ohio bloggers are intensely involved in Ohio politics, and I know, having worked with bloggers on two statewide campaigns myself. I certianly can not list all of the blogs here, but look at the blogrolls at http://www.buckeyestateblog.com/ OR http://blog.oh02.com/ for nearly full lists. Also check out the one-of-a-kind "Meet the Bloggers": http://www.meetthebloggers.net/.

Posted by: Todd Hoffman at May 11, 2006 01:16 PM

There are a lot of great Ohio blogs. The largest number are by far almost soley focused on politics, and most of them seem to have been created for that purpose, the one's I'm monitoring on my RSS feed reader have a broader focus than just political issues, but talk about life in Ohio, places to go/things to do.

I've been blogging since 1998, and every time I get involved in a neat adventure like this I've found some people get upset with their area getting 'tread on' but we're just trying to get this thing rolling and see where it goes. Most of the Ohio blogs I've seen are micro-focused on one area, so a general look at the state made a lot of sense, it was something I'd been discussing with some friends and even getting early code for, but abandoned. It was an easy 'yes' to accept working for www.bloggingohio.com :-)

The North East blogging community is particularly strong, I have 20-30 blogs I'm following, and Toledo is surprisingly vibrant. That was a cool surprise. Columbus and Cincy are areas that seem to have fewer blogs than I would have expected.

Posted by: tobias s buckell at May 12, 2006 02:53 AM

If you start searching Ohio blogs I think you will discover most of them are not political, they are personal in nature. An occasional jaunt into politics but the most part on family or other interests. Especially here in Toledo, where the personal blog far outnumbers the solely political blog. In my brief ventures in searching for blogs outside of Toledo? I've discovered the same. From knitting, to romance novels to jeeps to sports to cooking to children...Ohioans are blogging about it.

:-)

Posted by: Lisa Renee at May 15, 2006 08:02 PM

The bigger concern is whether those local Ohio bloggers will self organize into ad networks in response to Weblogs, Inc moving to a state or regional strategy.

National blogging has a reached a saturation point in many fields, where the chances of a new blogger without significant fame (someone like Guy Kawasaki) breaking through as an A-lister are about zero.

Local and Regional blogs are the future of blogging growth, seeing as they provide actual results in terms of ROI for business and tangible changes in terms of pressuring politicians.

Posted by: Jim Durbin at May 17, 2006 07:47 AM


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