Blogger Tuesday got off to a rocky start. Only one blog was featured online. Two appeared in the print edition. One author had no idea he was being read by a gazillion people.
Things will get better. Glenn has sent me a few paragraphs explaining Blogger Tuesday and asking you for suggestions. This is the first time an editor or reporter has actually asked me to post something. Do you realize what this means? I finally have a chance to edit Kranzley! So below you will find an edited version of Glenn's remarks.
"What mother names her kid Kinky Paprika? Seriously. Have you ever noticed that Molovinsky has no reflection in a mirror? Still, I read him with my scrapple every morning. When I'm trying to fall asleep, I read Ramblings. Works like a charm."
Alright, now I'll publish the unedited version of Glenn's remarks.
Valley Blogoshere, Sounding Board, iThink and the other innovations on The Morning Call Opinion pages are attempts to engage readers in new ways. Regarding bloggers in particular, yeah, we have our in-house bloggers, but I’ve come to recognize that there are some excellent blogs for and about the Lehigh Valley being written by others. The idea is that by linking to them off themorningcall.com we give our readers entrée to some of the best of them. We think this will be as beneficial to the bloggers as it is to the newspaper. On average, The Morning Call has 13 million page views and 600,000 unique visitors per month. So, I would expect traffic to go up for all.
A lot of other papers do this as a service to readers. The feature that we have added is to print excerpts or digests on the printed page. I know I have to work out some operational bugs. On-line, we don’t touch the content of the blogs we link to, that’s standard. But what if a good posting doesn’t fit in the printed space available? What if I see mis-spellings? Perhaps some of the folks who read Ramblings will tell me what they think.
Editor of the opinion pages
Be nice! I know you're all aquiver, but Glenn is here under a flag of truce. He can't take the punches like Micek or White.