Took off for the weekend, a family trip to the North Dallas area for Elder Son's soccer tournament ..... a trip through the actual world that did not include touching-base with the virtual world.
Boy, did I miss all the fun!
Apparently, it all began with this article in the Midland Reporter-Telegram, in which Colin Guy reports, "Consultants hired by the Midland Development Corp. recommended the organization develop a blog to keep the public informed of its efforts and to serve as a counterbalance to local blogs that have been critical of the organization."
I suspect MDC had Jessica's Well, in particular, in mind when they made their proposal. For their part, the Wellians have responded with this post, this post, this post and this post ..... so far.
But, also joining the fray is Eric at Fire Ant Gazette, with this post ... "the Midland Development Corporation is in a no-win situation at this point. It cannot – I repeat: cannot – compete in a blogging war, should it come to that. It has neither the resources nor the expertise nor the sheer willpower. But, more importantly, it doesn't have the weight of facts."
George at Sleepless in Midland offers this post ... "Unless some MDC member already had a hankering to do it then they would probably have to hire someone to write it. So here's a suggestion: Outsource: Instead of starting a blog from scratch, the cash rich MDC could simply pay a bounty to the other local bloggers." George also offers a suggested pay scale.
From Jimmy at Sticky Doorknobs comes this post ... "The MDC is being given a golden opportunity to take advantage of this new method of communicating and to open a dialogue with Midlanders. To take advantage of that opportunity would at best be a PR coup for the MDC; brushing off such a recommendation -- one that no doubt came at a high consulting fee -- would be a mistake that would go nowhere in helping MDC rise from the public ashes."
A slightly different focus from Justin at It's All In the Details, with this post, "This isn't about the MDC or West Texas. This is about your business in the Internet Age. The Internet is about communication. Unlike costly mediums of yesteryear such as Television and Radio, anyone with a computer can freely publish as much as they wish on the Internet."