Well maybe more would do the trick but I’m talking about more diversity.
We have several group blogs in this city. Metroblogging, that is a part of a 50-city worldwide network, Beyond Robson, that is a part of the Fresh Daily/BlogTO family, and Urban Vancouver is the aggregator and Vancouver forum on which anyone can post content.
In light of the recent emotionally-charged comments and posts in regards to either Metroblogging or Beyond Robson I just have to share this story that was sent to me by Richard. Its author, Joey deVilla is reflecting on the state of Toronto’s current group blogs with ex-Vancouverite, Will Pate, and is calling out for more diversity in Toronto blogs.
He feels “although the BlogTO and Torontoist served their demographic very well, their demographic was only a slice of the larger pie that is Toronto.”
Joey continues on with something that just made me laugh out loud like Homer Simpson saying “it’s funny cause it’s true” while wiping a tear from my eye.
Excerpt from: We Need More Toronto Blogs making a point about the ‘typical authors’ of certain city group blogs –
They can reply “Yeah, that’s me” to seven or more of the following statements:
1. You graduated from a liberal arts school whose football team hasn’t won a game since Mulroney was Prime Minister.
2. You frequently use the term “post-modern” (or its commonly used variation “PoMo”) as an adjective, noun, and verb.
3. You carry a shoulder-strap messenger bag and have at one time or another worn a pair of horn-rimmed or Elvis Costello-style glasses.
4. You have one Conservative friend who you always describe as being your “one Conservative friend.” [optional]
5. Your hair looks best unwashed and you position your head on your pillow at night in a way that will really maximize your cowlicks.
6. You own records put out by Matador, DFA, Definitive Jux, Dischord, Warp, Thrill Jockey, Smells Like Records, Drag City, Mint and Nettwerk.
7. You bought your dishes and a checkered tablecloth at a thrift shop to be kitschy and often throw vegetarian dinner parties.
8. You frequently complain about gentrification even though you are responsible for it yourself.
9. You have refined tastes and consider yourself exceptionally cultured, but have one pop vice (Laguna Beach, either Idol show and and anything on Slice are popular ones) that helps to define you as well-rounded.
10. You spend much of your leisure time in bars and/or restaurants with monosyllabic names like Plant, Bound or Shine.
11. You have kissed someone of the same gender and often bring this up in casual conversation.
(If these look familiar, it’s because I took ’em from 11 Clues You are a Hipster from The Hipster Handbook).
As I’m still giggling quietly to myself and wiping that tear from my eye, Joey goes on the say something that I can relate to.
Now don’t get me wrong: I’ve got nothin’ against twenty-somethings who like hanging out in charming local dives, listening to indie rock and buying things at thrift shops. If you’re a reader of this blog, there’s a good chance that you are (or were) one of them yourself. I just think that there’s room for other “What’s going on?” blogs.
So here’s the thing, Vancouver… are you happy with your blog reads? Do you even read/subscribe to Vancouver group blogs? What would you like to see in a Vancouver group/multi-author blog that would make you happy, make you think, and make you want to check back in, daily?