What rock are the folks at the East Bay Express living under? A pretty big one, judging by the just published article, "Whither the Oakland Blogosphere."
Rachel Swan's article laments the demise of Oakland bloggers, among them V.Smoothe, Zennie Abraham(who is still publishing), Rebecca Saltzman and Aimee Allison, whose blogs have stopped publishing - or become intermittent - because they "don't have business models." According to Swan's piece, Oakland is suffering from terminal "blog-death in the local news circuit," but nothing could be further from the truth.
In reality, despite Swan's careful caveats, the Oakland blogosphere is flourishing, with exciting new blogs springing up to replace those that cycled out or are on hiatus.
It's hard to read Swan's piece and not wonder at the omission of 38th Notes, a marvelous Oakland music and culture blog; the lively rash of Occupy Oakland blogs, including Hyphy Republic, Zunzungu and Occupy Oakland Tribune; and both UC Berkeley's Oakland North and Oakland Tribune's Oakland Voices. Not to mention the Oakland Museum's Oakland Standard Blog and the marvelous Ella Baker Blog.
The tune that EBX is fiddling in this story certainly doesn't match what's actually going on in the Bay Area.
The blog/news site SF Public Press is thriving, Michele Ellson, (formerly of The Island) has just launched The Alameda Community Newspaper Project and New America Media, with a grant from the California Endowment, is expanding into Oakland with more hyperlocal news blogs.
V. Smoothe and friends may be done with blogging, or on hiatus, but Oakland is filled with well-informed citizens who have a lot to say - and aren't shying away from launching new blogs to get the word out.
For some wonderful local writing, consider the following: