There is a blog born every half second, according Technorati, the internet search engine that tracks blogs. Sure, most of them don't stay active very long but search the web and you can find a blog on any topic written by experts, novices and others who just make you wonder, "What were they thinking when they created that blog?"
At sacbee.com, we recently started checking the region and the state for interesting blogs and independent news sites that might be of interest to Sacramento readers. We came up with a list of 400 blogs and sites we thought offered consistently interesting content.
We then took a look at what topics and stories seem to be of interest to most of sacbee.com readers as well as some recent studies on what topics online news readers say they are most interested in reading. With this information, Bee editors narrowed our list to about 200 blogs and sites and reached out to about 25 to start talking about a new linking and social media network we are calling Sacramento Connect. The network will debut on sacbee.com and a couple dozen partner blogs and sites on March 29. We hope to slowly grow the network over time, screening and inviting other quality bloggers and sites into Sacramento Connect.
Some of the blogs on our list are already well-known to Bee editors and readers, such as Sac Foodies and others that we already link to from Bee staff blogs. Others, such as Jeff Pelline's Sierra Foothills Report, we sought out after tracking the blog for a month. Pelline is a former San Francisco Chronicle reporter and editor and a founding editor of CNET, which provides tech product reviews. As we started paying attention to Pelline's blog, we noticed he was on top of news in the foothills. We certainly took notice when he scooped The Bee a couple times on stories. One of Jeff's scoops: he got the official route for the 2010 Amgen Tour of California a day before sacbee.com and two days before the story was printed in The Bee. Our only consolation was that Jeff also scooped all California newspapers and other local media outlets.
Another blog we found intriguing was Girls on the Grid, which describes itself as a "lifestyle blog focused on the daily lives of professional women in Sacramento." The blog is run by a group of women who work in state government, for PR firms and nonprofits. The idea for the blog, according to several of the bloggers, was born over happy hour and became a way for the women to unleash some creative writing talent and connect with other women sharing the same interests. Both Girls on the Grid and Pelline are announcing today that they are a part of Sacramento Connect. Thanks for joining!
Sacramento Connect will tie blogs like Pelline's and Girls on the Grid with dozens of others. Some of the blogs are completely unrelated, but we think all offer insight and are well executed. Using a toolbar that will appear on each page of these blogs and on sacbee.com, when you find any story that interests you the toolbar will guide you to related content across the Sacramento Connect network. We didn't weed through the 133 million plus blogs Technorati has indexed, but we do think Sacramento Connect will save readers a lot of time in finding the best content on topics that most interest them.
Tomorrow, we'll share how you can apply to have your own blog or site join Sacramento Connect.