Many of us “community bloggers” here at the Tucson Citizen website have never met each other. We’ve had a few trainings at the former Citizen office on web usage, etc. from co-editor Mark Evans, but we mostly work independently from home/internet cafes/free WiFi spots/ school & work sites/etc.
Thus, since December a few of us have been informally organizing blog parties to “meet and greet” each other, and form a sense of “community.” That’s right up my alley since I like to write about community events, and it’s been a lot of fun trying to match up the faces in person, with their respective blogsites. And also fun meeting talented writers.
Our next event in February is scheduled at the Sky Bar (536 N. 4th Avenue), where blogger “Logical Lizard” has been meeting and screening his “Meteorite Men” shows. He’s quite a TV personality on the Science Channel. I finally met him on February 3rd when he aired their show about the search for meteorites (not “meteor-wrongs”) in the nearby Santa Rita Mts.
The first December, 2009 gathering organized by “Humor: Fueled by Petrol” was at Coffee Exchange, 2443 N. Campbell Ave. And the second blog party in January was at the Ward 6 Council office (3202 E. 1st St.), organized by me, and assisted by “Urban Durband” aka “Meet Me Downtown” (no longer blogging with us as he now works there as an aide).
“Compound Captive” reported on the December event (click here), and “Veteran Veritas” chimed in for January (click here), calling us “citizen journalists”. He also eloquently wrote about December’s first blog party as well.
See you at the Sky Bar, which advertises itself as “an astronomy influenced solar powered planetarium bar.” It even has astronomy themed art on the walls by local artists Chrissy Goral and Gavin Troy.Hope you recognize me as “Carolyn’s Community”, and not some other blogsite.
Note: If you’re curious about whom these aforementioned blogsites belong to, click on the TC About Us page.