Ballard: 5, Mercer Island: 2 ?

The Seattle neighborhood of Ballard has at least five blogs devoted to the local area.  As best I can tell, Mercer Island has only two: yours truly and Surrounded by Water

The Seattle P-I is going out of business.  Even the New York Times is running out of money and could be shut down by May (okay, a little far-fetched but read this article in The Atlantic Monthly). What’s going to replace the newspaper business?   It’s going to be online information from sources that produce content you really care about, which for most people will be highly skewed to hyper-local news about your neighborhood.

It’s not as though Mercer Islanders are doing nothing online.  There are local neighborhood Google groups, email discussion lists, Facebook pages, and more.  It’s just a matter of time before these online news sources catch up to the rest of the world.  Or Ballard.


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