‘City blogs’ are putting the cities on the map and in common parlance

Now that the blogsphere is attracting the kind of attention it should, different niche segments have now emerged to engage the attention of readers. Like the city blogs.

An interesting article to read on the subject is by Kendra Locke of the Associated Press. Locke looked behind the bloggers running those "metro" blogs and found that most of them are not full time bloggers. They work for a day job but collaborate to compile events, reflections, recommendations, news and complaints about their city. The blogs are "emerging to put a number of big cities in intimate, street-level relief".

The 'metro' bloggers are garnering the attention because they are helping the time strapped denizen 'to get up to speed as to what's hip and what's going on …' in the city. The intention is not be definitive but to trusted on the opinion and voices relayed to the reader. The interesting part is that individual voices are shared offering 'a level of authenticity missing' in the official version of things.

Personally I have been a regular reader of Gapersblock.com , a blog calling itself ' a Chicago-centric web publication providing information on news and events around town.' What I like about the blog is its professional look and a perspective which makes the distant city of '

Chicago ' feel like home. I am also a reader of Gothamist.com and some others mentioned in the heading 'City Blogs' on this blog. These blogs are interesting, individual and pointed voices devoid of the usual coverage which is normally available in mainstream publications.

An attempt by our homegrown publication, the Outlook Group was made to bring out a Delhi Centric Publication called 'Outlook City Limit'. This magazine format publication was, according to me, different, hued and pointed. Though not a very personal account of events in the city, it was lovable. The mag came out, I was a regular buyer, but seriously doubted the longevity of the publication. As it turned out, I was true. The mag was continued but as a supplement to the 'Outlook magazine'.

There is no surprise that there are no stand alone city blogs in

India . The 'metro' blogs mentioned above may not be commercial enterprises but they are able to finance their hosting and other expenses, even though the writers are doing a free job. They are striving for full financial freedom soon. Their Indian brothers have no such luck at present. They are happy to be part of groups like the 'delhibloggers' group on Yahoo. But it is not long before that city based blogs are going to be part of Indian blogsphere soon.


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