Do You Need An App for Your Local Blog?

Jeff Sonderman wrote a post on the Ponyter blog today about this post from Technology Review – “Why Publishers Don’t Like Apps.”  In the post, Jason Pontin from Technology Review takes a look at what worked and really what didn’t work when publishing companies tried to create apps.  In summary – part of the issue was that publishers spent alot of money on building apps, and in the end they weren’t able to make that money back through app sales.  The Technology Review is redesigning in HTML 5 so that it works on both the web and mobile platforms.

I can see how for of some of the larger blogs and media outlets it might make sense to have an app.  I have used the Huffington Post app on my ipad but I usually just read from instead.

But what about local bloggers?  Should we have apps?

I think of a mobile app in the same way that I think about video blogs – a lot of work for a smaller audience.  A few years ago – everyone was talking about video blogging.  If you have a blog, why not video blog?  I even took a summer class in video production.  I learned that producing a video blog – is a lot more work than just typing out a text post.  And at the end of the day – I rarely watch online videos, so why would others watch my videos.

What do you think about apps for mostly text blogs?  Do you have an app for your blog? Do you want one? Have you done anything to make your blog mobile friendly?  Why or why not?

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Dig In to These Food Review Blogs

Looking for some place new to eat?   We’ve just added a bunch of of new food review blogs to the map.  Including our first blog in Montana! Check out what these bloggers are saying about their local restaurant scenes.

Food With a Boy – Missoula, Montana

Tarheel Eater – Research Triangle area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill), North Carolina (@TarheelEater)

Vino & Vintage – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (@vinovintage1)

eatPGH – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (@eatPGH)

The April Blake – Columbia, South Carolina (@TheAprilBlake)




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Support BlogLocal in the Knight News Challenge

BlogLocal has entered the Knight News Challenge and needs your help!

The Knight News Challenge is an international contest that supports projects around news and media run by the Knight Foundation.

Please check out the BlogLocal entry to the Knight News Challenge and leave feedback – ask questions, make suggestions.  Also – if you are a Tumblr user – please give us some love and reblog the post.

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Local Business Survey

This weekend, BlogLocal is being workshopped at StartUp Weekend Pittsburgh.  We have a great team of folks who are spending all weekend brainstorming and developing new ideas for the BlogLocal platform.  Please help us with a little research by answering this quick survey below.

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Get Your Sports Fix with 8 Great Sports Blogs

49ers Paradise — San Francisco

49ers Paradise has a forum and community for local 49ers fans, an updated blog giving you the latest 49ers news, and a constant sidebar updating fans with 49ers news from other spots around the web.

The Good Phight – Philadelphia

The Good Phight is a Phillies baseball blog where you can get all the information on the latest baseball news and schedule, opinions and commentary from fans, and updates on the team.

The Cleveland Fan – Cleveland

The Cleveland Fan gives readers everything they want to know about their beloved hometown teams, the Cavaliers, the Browns, the Indians, and the Buckeyes. Written by fans for fans, the Cleveland Fan offers a community for all Cleveland sports lovers to come together and discuss their favorite teams.

Des Moines Sports Freaks – Des Moines

Blake DeRouchey, a veteran who decided to start blogging about his love of sports after returning from Iraq, started Des Moines Sports Freak. The site now has a daily writer, and six contributors who all share their love for Iowa sports on the blog.

Valley of the Suns – Phoenix

Valley of the Suns has been up and running since 2008 and giving Phoenix Suns fans news and more on the current Phoenix Suns basketball season. There are updates on the team roster and schedule, current game analysis, and NBA news.

U of L Card Game – Louisville

U of L Card Game is a blog dedicated to writing about sports at the University of Louisville. From basketball and football to soccer and baseball, U of L Card Game keeps you up to date on U of L athletics.

Oriole Post – Baltimore

The Oriole Post is a Baltimore Orioles blog that features in-depth analysis of the current and upcoming season, thoughts and predictions on Major League Baseball, and team news.

Sports Fix Chicago – Chicago

The Sports Fix Chicago blog covers all Chicago sports teams, including college football and basketball, and includes honest commentary about who’s playing good, who’s playing bad, and who’s worth watching.

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