Local Blogs Aggregate

    January 3, 2007

There seem to be countless numbers of local blogs around the country covering local news and events. The one down fall is that there has not been a place to see all the local blogs in one place until now. Lisa Williams a local news blogger from Watertown, MA realized the problem and did something about it.

She launched Placeblogger on New Year’s Day with a planned directory of 700 local blogs and growing. Placeblogs according to the site are,” Placeblogs are sometimes called “hyperlocal sites” because some of them focus on news events and items that cover a particular neighborhood in great detail — and in particular, places that might be too physically small or sparsely populated to attract much traditional media coverage.”

Williams says the goal of Placeblogger is not to bring in visitors and keep them there but to help them find the local blogs they may be searching for. She also writes,”placeblogs represent the lived experience of a place; newspapers reflect the tiny slice of that experience that is news.”

Williams also hopes the site will bring opportunities to both local bloggers and marketers wanting to reach a target audience.

Williams believes that the role of Placeblog will be not to compete with local newspapers but to go beyond what local papers would be willing to cover. “The bread and butter placeblog item goes something like this: “I used to go to X for pizza, but since it changed hands the crust is soggy. Now I go to Y. Where are you going in the wake of the Great Pizza Downturn?”
Now, let’s phrase that in newspaperese: “Disgusted With Crust, Man Changes Pizza Choice.”
Sounds stupid, doesn’t it? Yeah. ”

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