I know I could write a long post and still not express all my thoughts on the importance of the NOLA blogging community. Saturday night the First Draft Krewe was invited to one of their Geek Dinners which was hosted by the lovely Dangerblond. There had to have been at the very least 50 people there. We had a great time and want to thank everyone for their gracious hospitality.
There is a NOLA blogroll (partial) in our sidebar and I really urge you to check it out. These folks are doing some very important work. Some (one exampple being American Zombie) have had stories months before the Times Picayune. Fix the Pumps blog recently broke a national story on defective pumps in New Orleans. It was done through persistence, hard work and filing FOIA's. (note to national media and press: you could file FOIA's too ya know) At least the AP ran with the story when a local blogger handed it to them on a platter. And unfortunately he had even more bad news yesterday. One NOLA blogger recently testified before Congress. You can read Michael's testimony here. Several spoke the hard truth to power...I mean right TO them. Read Editor B's speech here. There are many many more examples.
When people talk or write about what blogging can, could or should be...they ought to look at this community of bloggers. It encompasses citizen reporting, spot on analysis, humor, activism, dedication and a love of and for community (blogging and the larger) that I at least have not seen elsewhere. And they are more than a virtual community which was clearly evident Saturday evening.
So please give them some love, support, props, attention and LINKS. What we need to know about New Orleans and America we can learn from their work. Check them out.