As I wrote yesterday, I haven’t had a good local blog round-up in a while. I’ve been fixing that, and there were so many blogs I wanted to mention that I split it into two! Yesterday I talked about home-oriented blogs that discussed foreclosure, mortgages, and green living. Today is Friday and as such, today’s post will be about fun and community! If you missed yesterday’s entry be sure to take a look.
Next is the fun category of local community and conversation blogs! There are so many good ones here, let’s just get right to it. First I want to talk about a relatively recently started blog, Ambulance Driver is written by an EMS in our fair Twin Cities. Not only does this writer share knowledge of their experiences in the field, they talk about how public policy affects how they can do their job. I say “they” instead of “him” or “her” because due to patient confidentiality concerns, there is limited information on this blogger. But Ambulance Driver posts are addicting to read. And though the profession is admittedly less emergency-related, it makes me miss the City Pages Pizza Man and his Streets of Pizza.
The blog section for Minnesota Moment Magazine and Secrets of the City’s MNSpeak is like sitting in or partaking in city-wide or even state-wide conversations with other Minnesotans. On the flip-side of the coin, reading Overheard in Minneapolis is like being a fly on the wall at a gaffe-filled and highly entertaining office holiday party. Maybe you’ve submitted something? Me? Uhh… Never. No. Reading this page does sometimes makes me nostalgic for cubicle-world though, where many Overheard scenarios tend to happen and where I often heard submission-worthy quotes. But then I remember that my office is my whole house and no one is around to submit any of the stupid things I say, so that feeling is fleeting.
Reading Fresh.mn makes you privy to information that you might not otherwise know is happening in the Twin Cities. Erica Mauter seems to be seriously in-the-know about what is going on here, whether it be relatively trivial, like how Dan Aykroyd will be in St. Louis Park tonight, or very important, like this post containing information about a healthcare forum with state representatives and healthcare officials. The local blog round-ups have introduced me to blogs I might not have otherwise found (like you may find one you like here!)and the Hot Tweet Action Twitter updates are golden (more on Twitter later if you’re not familiar with it – it’s the future!). Finally, I can totally identify with how her writing about the Twin Cities has changed her perspective on living here. The metro is a great place to live!
Finally, I think that when I did my Twin Cities photo post that I forgot to include Uptown Mpls Blog. To make up for that, I’m pointing out some of my favorite pictures from there, like this picture of frozen Lake Calhoun…
And Apartments in a Puddle…
And the grand finale (until you go to the website at least), the Luminary Loppet of 2009:
There you have it! A local blog round-up for the month of March. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. The next round-up will be in April!