Indian Metblogs get some love, why none for us?

New Indian Express on Metblogs

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The Indian Metroblogging cities have been getting a bit of press love over the last few days, including this nice spread in one of the English dalies. My question is why haven’t Vancouver’s city blogs gotten as much, or any, attention from the local media?

With great sites like Beyond Robson, Urban Vancouver, The Vancouverite and not to forget us. Our only press mention came out of Ontario about a year ago, and since then there’s been no mainstream media love. Unless I’ve missed something.

Are blogs just not cool in Vancouver anymore? I blame the Olympics.

Update: Just to clear up, I’m not asking why we’re not getting as much press as new technology or media forms like YouTube, or events in the real world, but Vancouver’s got a real vibrant web culture and the fact is that it’s getting more love from the national media than local media.

Having said that it’s been clear that The Province and Sun are totally clueless about the world online for awhile, as evident from their fairly terrible websites.

10 Comments so far

  1. Rebecca (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

    Aside from finding something in the Globe & Mail about ‘what is a weblog’ yeah, not much coverage.

    Oh um, I was in the Metro Vancouver in the summer… and I didn’t know it… and details were all wrong… but um, my url was right so that was kinda neat.

  2. Richard (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

    “With great sites like Beyond Robson, The Vancouverite and not to forget us.”

    Not to mention Urban Vancouver. You *have* missed the few articles that appeared in the Vancouver Sun over the last few years, but it’s true, coverage isn’t what it could be. But do newspapers spend a lot of time any other media anyway? Aren’t they more concerned with who’s shooting whom and who’s screwing whom?

    With Northern Voice coming up, I imagine there will be a little bit more coverage. It’s possible that there’s not yet someone here like Amber MacArthur in Toronto, i.e. someone who understands the culture and practice of blogging on the inside of “mainstream media” and can get coverage of things bloggers are talking about in on TV or in the paper.

  3. android (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

    People are more interested in myspace and youtube. You don’t expect them to “think” do you? As well, many people have busy lives and can’t really fit web culture into their daily activities. I’m following the community at the moment, and I’m not seeing a lot of content that interests me.

  4. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 3:08 pm

    Didn’t mean to slight Urban Vancouver, the grand daddy of us all. Apologies.


    I’m not talking about readers, we’ve actually got quite a few. Clearly we’re not as sexy as Lonely Girl 13 or anything, but the local Vancouver press hasn’t really noticed us. Even when we’ve broken stories like the fact that Vancouver was going to be under a boil water notice, which we reported nearly a full day before it hit TV, radio or print, we don’t get any notice.

    Any other cities it seems like the Metblog gets a lot of press love. I’d say we’re just not as interesting as say Metroblogging Chicago or the like, but none of the other local sites get the press they deserve from local sources.

  5. Luke (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 3:53 pm

    While its’ unfortunate that Metroblogging Vancouver and other notable Vancouver bloggers are not getting the fame as other bloggers in other locales are.

    Your last statement, “I blame the Olympics” is indicative and, arguably, representative of Vancouverites and their perception that the Olympic coverage and future presence within the city is detrimental to our growth and well-being. While there will inevitably be growing pains with any major capital expansions, the much needed exposure to Vancouver will in the end pay-off.

    No one will know how successful or not the Olympics in Vancouver will be. Nonetheless, the intimately local coverage that the Metroblogging Vancouver (& other Vancouver bloggers) provides will surely bring a new edge to the mainstream coverage. It will offer a new perspective that I’m sure will not go un-noticed in the print or otherwise online media.

  6. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

    The I blame the Olympics thing was more a joke. I’m actually one of the few people, at least the few who have internet access apparently, who are still looking forward to them.

  7. android (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

    I’m curious now. If it’s not increased readership that you hope to get from being mentioned in other local media, what is it?

  8. Condit (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 8:33 am

    Clearly, the lack of MSM coverage of the Vancouver blogging scene is due to the fact that the vast majority of our local blogs are sadly, quite lame.

    Of the three ‘top’ sites you mentioned, only Beyond Robson is ready for prime time.

    Reading Urban Vancouver, you get the sense that it’s written by nice, well-meaning little people, but let’s face it, they’re not that interesting (except for the old dude – sometimes).

    As for The Vancouverite, when they’re not being lazy, posting way too many YouTube videos or local newspaper headlines, what little original content they do produce isn’t very funny.

    Furthermore, what the hell kind of blog declares in a mission statement that its job is to provide “snarky news and opinion”. Isn’t that what bloggers are supposed to be doing anyway? And who the hell actually uses the word “snarky”, other than middle-aged suburbanites, like my mother?

    As for this site – I’m sorry folks, but you fall into the same category as Urban Vancouver. Nice people, but you publish way too much useless information and silly little brain farts.

    I don’t need to be told to bring an umbrella to work, when I can see for myself that it’s raining outside. I also don’t need your Canucks scores and commentary, when I can get that information in The Province.

    The best blog writers in other cities don’t bore their readers with the trivial details of their own meaningless lives – they go out and dig up dirt on things that the MSM isn’t covering.

    They tell you about interesting or obscure things that you haven’t heard about before, and they do it with sharp, clever writing. Go read some New York blogs, to see what I mean.

    The only excuse that Vancouver has for its weak blog scene is the fact that most blogs are still less than two years old.

    Thanks, I’m glad we had this little chat. It’s been a long time coming.

    -Gary Condit, faithful reader

  9. Pete Quily (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 11:12 am

    Minor point, but having your Vancouver related blogroll scrolling down all out in the open might help boost awareness of vancouver blogs instead of being hidden in a tab.

    some reason could be they’re not linking to local blogs cause

    1. they’re unaware of them.

    2. many of them are may be net illiterate or blog illiterate (ie the belief that there are just ranters and kitty bloggers out there and little more)

    3. possibility that their linking policies governed by technophobes at head office ie perhaps they have a policy of not linking out or rarely doing so. So often you see MSM writing about a website or blog without actually putting the URL in the article.

    4. the fact that the sun/province are in the dinosaur age with hiding most their content behind subscription walls instead of putting it all out on the web and monetizing it. That would allow local blogs to link to more content and they’d start seeing the referrers which might wake them up a bit to local Vancouver blogs.

    5 . there’s not many vancouver based blog aggregators out their other than the one hidden on the tyee’s website.

    It would be nice to have a more comprehensive useful Vancouver blog directory with categories and subcategories. Creating that would be great linkbait for your blog, hint, hint. don’t forget where you heard it first:)

  10. Rebecca (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

    I don’t wanna open a can ‘o worms but everyone has their reason for blogging and it’s not always to be the first on a story or to outdo mass media. It’s to have your own voice and own opinion and stories. Sure a big site like Metblogs has some guidelines and other group sites have theirs.

    You also might want to check out the Vancouver Sun today, where a local blogger is featured.

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