The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Thursday, August 21, 2003  

The Mainstreaming of the Rough Edges

Remember, way back when, when the inestimable TBogg, who writes from the cultural and intellectual wasteland known as “San Diego,” expressed just a tinge of jealousy over the multitude of intelligent, interesting, and fun Philadelphia bloggers? (No? Well, he did. And well he did.)

As if to give evidence to TBogg’s not-so-latent envy, Philadelphia Inquirer staff writer Beth Gillin today has a brief feature article in the daily magazine section of the Inquirer about local bloggers, “Booming Blogs.”

Gillin rounds up most of the usual suspects, including Adam Bonin of Throwing Things, Susan Madrak of Suburban Guerrilla, “Nicole” of Go Fish, and “Atrios” of Eschaton, among others. Yeah, I’m in there, too, mentioned in passing.

It’s a shame the Inquirer didn’t give Gillin more space for her article. She might have been able to mention my Philo-centric second blog, TRR: The Lighter Side of Rittenhouse, and perhaps something beyond my interest in my dog, Mildred, and my dying bonsai -- both, truth be told, minor subjects at Rittenhouse and TRR -- and on the way have had time to direct readers to all of the other interesting, provocative, thoughtful, even quirky, Philadelphia bloggers who deserve the attention not only of local readers, but of web surfers everywhere.

Gosh, now of whom could I be thinking? Well, there are, in no particular order:

Jesse Taylor of Pandagon

Timothy R. Gray of Pennsylvania Gazette

Jennifer Weiner of SnarkSpot

Karl Martino of Paradox1x

Fred Clark of Slacktivist

Mr. Poon” of Sugar, Mr. Poon?

LilBuchner” of With Karate…

Malcolm Friend of London Chimes

And many, many others.

TBogg’s hypothesis about Philly blogging, as expressed at his site in April, in a post entitled, “Two Bloggers Walk Into [sic] a Bar,” was this: “Apparently there is an impressive number of Philadelphia-based bloggers, caused, no doubt, by the high concentration of smart people combined with truly [expletive deleted] weather that keeps them inside, thinking and seething.”

He was right then, about the “high concentration of smart people,” of course, and about the weather, too. And in light of the horrible winter we had in Philadelphia, the fact we missed spring entirely, and this our miserable summer, he’s correct now, too.

So here we are, we Philadelphia bloggers, individually and collectively, still “inside,” still “thinking and seething,” and still blogging.

I trust and hope you are enjoying our efforts.

Hey, and don’t forget to hit the tip box on your way out.

The Rittenhouse Review | Copyright 2002-2006 | PERMALINK |