Blogistan, Blogtopia, the Blogosphere: No matter what you call it the rise of Internet weblogs has to be the most talked about Web-based phenomenon since the invention of the Internet. Although they may not be as well known as Wonkette, Instapundit, or the Daily Kos, Memphis has its own stable of online diarists who scribble about everything from music and sports to politics and the weather. Last Thursday, several bloggers met at the Barbecue Shop on Madison for an event called the Bloggers’ Bash. Local blogs represented included Dark Bilious Vapors, Webraw, Scenestars, Adventures with Lady Cutie Troublemaker, Pulp Faction, Rachel and the City, and Cherry Blossom Special.
Flyer: What do you blog better than anybody else?
E.J. Friedman of Scenestars: For Scenestars, you get me breaking the rules on purpose in order to set the trend in motion. Because I frequently get the music way ahead of every other major music-reporting source (and most other MP3 Blogs), I don’t treat my readers like second-class citizens. You get to hear what I’m talking about right away instead of just having to read about it and wait.
Blogs redefine communities, taking geography out of the picture. Why should Memphians read local blogs?
Rachel Hurley of Rachel and the City: Memphis blogs enable people to keep up with local politics, music, the arts, food, and such in a way that is not covered by other types of media. My blog and others similar to it have been a great way to keep the indie yuppies connected to the subculture. I have people that I see at shows or out-and-about all the time who tell me that they enjoy living vicariously through reading my blog, because they have 9 to 5 jobs or kids now and can’t go out every night.
Do you have a favorite post?
Len Cleavlin of Dark Bilious Vapors: I have two favorite posts. I wrote both on August 19, 2004. August 19th happens to be the anniversary of two significant dates. The first [post] was about the death of Julius Henry Groucho Marx on August 19, 1977. The other post marked the 53rd anniversary of what was probably the most outrageous promotional stunt in major-league baseball history. [In] 1951, St. Louis Browns owner/general manager Bill Veeck signed Eddie Gaedel to a player contract. Veeck noted the significance of this signing in his memoir: Eddie gave the Browns their only distinction. He was, by golly, the best darn midget who ever played big-league ball. He was also the only one.
Why do you blog?
Abby Troublemaker of Adventures with Lady Cutie Troublemaker: I started my blog when I was moving away from a place I had lived for seven years. A blog seemed like a good way to keep in touch with all the friends I was leaving behind, as well as other friends I have all over the place. That’s the simple answer, but the truth is that I was born to blog. I talk. A lot. I always have a lot to say, and honestly, I like the idea of having a place I can put all that chatter, then people can either read it or not. It’s a sort of catchall location for things I have to say, whether anyone is interested in listening or not.