The lowdown on five local blogsThe best Web log in Minnesota? Depends what you’re looking for (sorry, folks, still no nude pics on weatherdude Sven Sundgaard’s site). Here we dissect the dish-and-tell commentary regularly ladled out on sites covering our fair state—so you can have more time to post your own ramblings.
» mnspeak.comOverview: The granddaddy of local blogs, fomenting discussion of news big and small. If it isn’t here, it didn’t happen.
Who's posting: Media types, the G‑mail crowd
Soundbite: “Isn’t saying that other people are unhip actually unhip itself?”
Navelgaze factor: Ironic navelgazing only.
Overview: Just like it sounds—eavesdropping made hilariously public.
Who's posting: You’ll never know.
Soundbite: Guy No. 1: “I was Astrogliding the whole way to work in that torrential downpour.” Guy No. 2: “Don’t you mean hydroplaning?”
Navelgaze factor: Presumably zero. But you didn’t hear us say it.
» buzz.mnOverview: The Star Tribune’s “citizen journalism” experiment for wannabe wonks, though it’s self-summarized as “Know. Share. Shop.”
Who's posting: Strib reporters, the AOL crowd, hardly anyone
Soundbite: “Should the city of Minneapolis ditch its sailboat logo?”
Navelgaze factor: Do we really need to know what bus the reporters take to work? Some “news” ain’t fit to print.
» minneapolis.metblogs.comOverview: Shared insights into local life, from the newest outdoor movie festival to why the MOA rocks.
Who's posting: Suburbanites, Wedge shoppers, you
Soundbite: “Southdale reminds me of the days when I was embarrassed to go shopping with my mother.”
Navelgaze factor: The only navels examined here are fuzzy.
» mnstories.comOverview: Technically a “vlog,” featuring contributed videos of everything from turkey racing to street boxing.
Who's posting: Your high school A/V club, only older and cooler
Soundbite: From footage of a cow-milking contest: “You’ll be surprised how much milk one team got in the bucket in just 30 seconds.”
Navelgaze factor: Occasional confessionals