Dave Bakke’s column about local blogging is in this morning’s SJ-R. It's a good one but they need to give him more column inches! Good on Bakke for doing the occasional blog column. I’ll probably have more to say about the column later but two things quickly come to mind:
1. I’m not sure anonymous blogging is really the threat alluded to in the column. Blogs, to be taken seriously, need to establish their own credibility. Most anonymous bloggers are anonymous to protect their own interests not to cowardly launch attacks at others. Anonymity in blogging greatly offends some people for reasons I don’t understand, but that’s just too bad. Don’t read the blog if you don’t like it. And here’s the funny thing, if I were blogging as Dave Smith, no one would think I was blogging anonymously. Smith, of course, is not my real name but who would know? (I want to see Dan Naumovich’s ID!)
2. I understand space considerations but it would be nice to include the URL’s of the blogs mentioned in a story or column. I mean, if the paper were writing about a physical place, they would include the street address for those interested. I submitted a comment in the online version of the coulmn that contains the addresses of the referenced blogs.
Update: Oops, link was bad, now good.