Happy Blogiversary – WSJ.com

It’s been 10 years since the blog was born. Love them or hate them, they’ve roiled presidential campaigns and given everyman a global soapbox. Twelve commentators — including Tom Wolfe, Newt Gingrich, the SEC’s Christopher Cox and actress-turned-blogger Mia Farrow — on what blogs mean to them. WSJ

I only wish there were names and niches for web logs and web loggers who make no pretense to be journalists in the “political opinion” definition of the term. Punditry seems to have become identical in the minds of the media with the medium of blogging, while the realm is much richer than that.

But some have thrown the baby out with the bath water. And until we develop a taxonomy of blogs into family, class and order, if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. They’re black. They’re white.

When in fact, there’s a rainbow of variation out there, and while not all bloggers are journalists, many are writers, photographers, anthropologists of the hyperlocal and generally interesting folks whose pages are worth reading.

At least I’d like to think so. What do you think? Are blogs just so much hot air, just another fad and bubble gum for the typing fingers and egos of EveryMan (and Woman)?

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. i don’t think blogs are going anywhere any time soon. i, personally, am uplifted and inspired on a regular basis from my “regular” stopovers. not one of them include political bloggers. the ones i enjoy the most are the everyday folks writing about their communities and their lives.