I think the consensus among local bloggers in regards to the Dave Bakke piece in the SJ-R today is that we are not to be taken too seriously (see ThirtyWhat’s and John’s comments). Mostly we are here to have fun and occasionally vent. Ok, I vent more than occasionally but I have fun doing it.
Most bloggers don’t have a background in journalism and really don’t care to be viewed as journalists. I do have some background in news and believe me, that makes me all the more wary of trying to break news on my blog. I fully understand that I don’t have the time to do any serious reporting.
What I like to do is seek out stories that appear in other news outlets or blogs and pass them on to the few people who come here. I’m sharing things I find interesting and providing some added comments of my own. After all, everyone is entitled to my opinion!
Someday, Springfield may get a local version of Rich Miler and his Capitol Fax Blog. That would be interesting but it would have to be done by someone dedicated to the idea purely out of interest in doing such a project since there would be little money in it (as it is, I don’t think even Rich Miller is getting fabulously wealthy off his blog).
Still, we all like to blog about what we see and experience in our daily lives. Someday that experience might include something newsworthy. Stay tuned…