Early this month, I got a call from Patti Daniels, the talk show producer at Vermont Public Radio. She invited me to participate in a VPR show about blogging in Vermont. The live show, a half hour segment on Vermont Edition, will air next Wednesday from noon to one. I think I'm going to be on with VPR commentator Philip Baruth, who blogs at Vermont Daily Briefing.
Says the Vermont Edition webpage:
Vermonters are writing blogs of all kinds, including several that focus on Vermont politics and community issues. On the next Vermont Edition, we'll talk with Vermont bloggers about who's posting and commenting, how they define themsleves in the media landscape and who their audience is.
In addition, I received an email from Patti which suggests some topics:
- Which blogs do you pay the most attention to? What makes a good blog? Is there an up-tick in blogs that are focused on Vermont/Vermont issues, as opposed to personal blogs or topically-oriented blogs that defy geography?
- Are Vermont's political blogs an artifact of an election year, or are they here to stay? Do we know how large and diverse the readership is of Vermont's political blogs? Do we know if it's insiders taking cracks at each other, or regular people weighing in? Is one more legitimate/interesting/valuable than the other?
- What does anonymity mean in small state like Vermont? Do you trust a blog if you don't know the true identity of its owner? Is all this online anonymity antithetical to Vermont's mythologized preference for face-to-face self-governance?
I also plan to talk about this whole governor's press conference kerfuffle.
If you'd like to chime in with your thoughts pre-show, please sound off in the comments to this post. Or you can address VPR directly using the contact form on their website, or by emailing email@example.com. Or you could give 'em a call. The various numbers are listed below the contact form. I'm not sure which one you'd use, but you'll figure it out. The more feedback we get, the more interesting this show will be. Because I know no one wants to listen to me and Philip blather on and on about blogging for that long. Let's make this interactive.