Hold on, folks. It's about to get a bit more bumpy here in the blogosphere.
Express Times editor Joe Owens has a blog. No "how do you do?" from him. He gets right into it, blasting high school kids who drink and drive. I love his "in your face" writing style, which he mixes with large doses of self-deprecating humor. We're all in for a treat.
After reading his Sunday column, I know he must have read some of the millions of posts I've sent his way. He notes many of the blogs he's seen are "rather poor, nothing more than one person verbally scratching his rump with the hope that the rest of the world would find it interesting." Yep, that would be me.
Meanwhile, over at The Morning Call, a kinder and gentler Bill White provides well-deserved praise to Ross Nunamaker and his NewsOverCoffee blog. Ross covers the Nazareth area in more detail than area newspapers. They must appeal to a larger and more diverse audience. Ross fills that gap nicely with lots of straightforward information. Just the facts, ma'am.
I don't know anyone who relies on blogs as gospel. The Express Times and Morning Call, with their excellent reporters, do a fine job of covering news. That cannot be replaced by blogs or local TV news. But I think both Joe and Bill agree than blogs can and do complement mainstream media.
It's a treat to read their blogs. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go scratch my ass.