So new readers to this blog might be wondering why I do a Saturday recap of the great photos and stories from my personal blogroll.
Let me recap for you.
Years ago, this blog was part of a collection of community-written blogs that were featured in the Albany Times Union’s blog portal. The portal featured TU staff writers who blogged alongside the community writers. And every day, the print edition of the TU would feature some of the bloggers, whether they were community or staff, for showcasing. It was a nice touch.
Then, the TU dropped the print feature entirely, focusing instead on one staff blogger’s writings exclusively. The community blogs were treated like chaff. In defiance, I took one day a week out of my personal blog – at that time, it was Thursday – and showcased ten community bloggers. Eventually, that effort got the TU to reinstate the print feature, and it ran off and on for a few years.
I left the TU in 2017, but I continued the blog showcase, now featuring seven bloggers from the community, as well as seven bloggers from other portals and areas. The TU’s treatment of the community bloggers was so piss-pour at the time, that one of the community bloggers – David Kalish – actually copied my blog recaps (with my permission) for his blog .
At around that time, the wonderful local blog All Over Albany – which featured a Wednesday recap on their portal – announced they were shutting down. I immediately went through AOA’s blog listings, pulled as many of their showcase blogs into my portal, and moved my blog recap to Saturdays. The “What’s Up in the Neighborhood” blog title actually matches the old AOA blog recap.
Eventually, however, the TU just gave up on the blog portal. A series of double-standard, heavy-handed suspensions against several community bloggers brought the TU so much bad press, that they shut down the portal completely. Meanwhile, I continued to add to my blogroll, adding several writers and photographers, dropping a few who went inactive for too long a time … and here we are today.
Got all that? Fantastic. There’s a test tomorrow, bring a #2 pencil and a bag of chips.
Okay, enough exposition, time to showcase the blogs. And they include this week:
- BLOGS FOR HISTORY
- The Albany history blog “Hoxsie!”, “Albany Bicentennial Tablet No. 16 – Old Elm Tree Corner.“
- The Friends of Albany history blog, “The Remarkable African American Suffragists of Albany NY.“
- Roger Green’s “Ramblin’ with Roger,” “The research trip: Les Green, Agatha Walker, Raymond Cone.“
- BLOGS FOR THE SCREEN
- Crimson Stone in the Superhero Rundown YouTube channel, “No Time to Die Vlog.“
- Jacob Gilbert’s “The Land of Whatever,” “On the Air: Legends of the Hidden Temple (2021).“
- The B&S About Movies blog, “Slasher Month: Blood Relations (1988).“
- BLOGS FOR THE IMAGE
- Ed Fritz Images, “Cherry Plain Autumn Pond.“
- Marc Beebe’s “Wandering Words,” “Red Sky at Night.“
- The Lonerist photo blog, “Sea Front II.“
- The Resurrected Camera blog, “On the ground at Garden of the Gods.“
- Tim Jeffers’ “Vintage Photography” blog, “Time.“
- BLOGS FOR TASTE
- Bill Dowd’s “Notes on Napkins,” “Emmy winning BBQ celeb plans Columbia County dinner event.“
- The Burnt My Fingers blog, “Top five recipe posts of 2021 on Burnt My Fingers.“
- Jerry Papandrea’s “DerryX” YouTube channel, “Is DQ Grill & Chill Hiding an AMAZING Chicken Sandwich Wars Contender?“
- BLOGS FOR TRAVEL
- The Saratoga Woods and Waterways blog, “Inching Along the Hudson Banks.“
- Silvia Lilly’s ‘DelSo” blog, “Buying Happiness.“
- J. Eric Smith’s blog, “Grand Canyon: Hiked!“
- Joe Geronimo’s blog, “Final Days of Summer.“
- BLOGS FOR CONSCIENCE
- G. Jack Urso’s “Aeolus 13 Umbra” blog, “A Liberal in the Land of Canaan.“
- The Brainchild blog, “I am doing my best as a singlehanded warrior!“
- Jewel Kinch-Thomas in the “Tune In to Leadership” blog, “Presencing the Future.“
- BLOGS FOR LIFESTYLE
- The Capital District Fun blog, “KidsOutAndAbout Stuff.“
- Lazygal’s “Killin’ Time Being Lazy,” “All the Citrus Fruits.“
- Oui-Liette’s blog, “Lip Smacking Fun!“
- BLOGS FOR THE WORD
- Lale Davidson’s “A Writing Life,” “To Tiktok or to Twitter, That is the Question.“
- Alexis Ryder’s “Stories I’ve Never Told,” “The Language Barriers.“
Have a great weekend, everybody!
It’s a good thing that you do.
take a look at the Bedlam Farms blog.
very interesting. Jon Katz lives in Cambridge, NY
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