Placeblogger.com is a recently launched searchable index of localized blogs. Searching or browsing Placeblogger will help you discover and subscribe to blogs that cover news and events for a particular neighborhood, city, town, or region.
Placeblogger consists of sites known as Placeblogs. Placeblogs are websites that pay “sustained attention to a particular place over time.” Placeblogs are also known as “hyperlocal sites”, because they focus on news, events, and information for a particular geographical area.
The current top 10 Placeblogs include:
1. Baristanet, Montclair, NJ
2. Edhat, Santa Barbara, CA
3. Fresno Famous, Fresno, CA
4. Westport Now, Westport, CT
5. ChiTown Daily News, Chicago, IL
6. New Haven Independent, New Haven, CT
7. Gotham Gazette, New York, NY
8. Philly Future, Philadelphia, PA
9. MNSpeak, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
10. Duke City Fix, Albuquerque, NM
This “citizen journalism” is sure to benefit smaller markets too. Many interesting places are too sparsely populated to attract any considerable media coverage and may benefit from their own Placeblog.
Placeblogs seem like a great way to really discover the true experience of a place. Travel websites tend to focus on the obvious and don’t let you in on the true “flavor” of a location. Using a Placeblog to research your travel destination will give you the inside information on where the locals go to eat and play.
Do you have your own placeblog? Gain some new readers and submit it to Placeblogger.com.