The Courant has a new initiative to try to get local with their website, called iTowns. It basically seems to be an attempt to consolidate town news by region (the Greater Hartford region includes Hartford, Bloomfield, Newington, Rocky Hill, West Hartford, Windsor, and Wethersfield) with the addition of a blog, by Rachel Gottlieb.
So far, not so good. Ms. Gottlieb's got 4 blog posts since the blog was started back on the 9th; and 3 of those are boilerplate "about the new blog" kind of posts. I might refer her to the Tony Pierce's 2004 posting How to Blog. Rule #1: write every day. Rule #2: if you think you're a good writer, write twice a day.
You want a good role model for blogging, one only has to look as far as Colin McEnroe's blog To Wit, also hosted by the Courant. We don't expect a full column every day, but a paragraph would be nice. Hey, I went to the new dry cleaner on Park. Or there's a new restaurant I've been meaning to try. Or whatever.
As for Hartford blogs, I can recommend:
* ¡Mira! Hartford by Helder Mira (note to self, add it to the blogroll)
* RealHartford by Kerri Provost
* Urban Compass by Heather Brandon (spanning Hartford and Springfield)
* Undercurrents by the Hartford Independent Media Center
I am sure there are others I am missing. For whatever reason, the print media keeps trying to fit square pegs (print journalists) into the round holes of the blogosphere, and its not always a great fit. There are some pretty great bloggers out there already doing this work (uhm, for love, for art, for the cause). I wonder why the Courant does not draw on these resources......
Edit: To be fair to the Courant, I just checked out some of the other iTown blogs; the other regional bloggers seem to be doing a pretty decent job.