Wow! Once again, the Chronicle comes through again.
Under Dwight Silverman’s intrepid direction, the Chronicle has set up a commons area where readers can set up special-interest blogs. This idea has been tried before (see B5 Media, Corante, the recent incarnation of about.com and scores of others), but this is in my opinion the first time a major metropolitan newspaper has embarked on such a grassroots journalism venture. I can anticipate the reasons why such a venture wouldn’t work out; however, all you need is for a few of the bloggers to gain a loyal following, and then there you go, you’re all set.
(See J. Wynia’s post: Setting up a blogging empire ).
This raises the question of whether individual bloggers should join these blogging networks or go out on their own.