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Recession Breeds New Bloggers on a Mission

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It stands to reason that during times of upheavel, voices that would ordinarily be silent in more steady times tend to rise above the noise or (at the very least) find a way to be heard amidst the noise.

I was inspired to create New York Blog Academy because of my deep belief that blogging (thanks to a crippling recession that is pushing people to the brink of their desperation and frustrations) will enter a new era (like every other sector of American life struggling to define or redefine itself).

What does that mean?  What we took for granted and merely fiddled with in the past with blogging, we will now not only appreciate, but find a way to use to lift ourselves (and each other) out of this muck.

CNN, the NY Times and other major media outlets have begun reporting on the new crop of blogging voices borne out of the pain of this recession.  These are people who have never had a blog before but who (for the first time ever) feel compelled to express their struggle and to help other people through their struggle.  Having never had a blog myself until recently, I can honestly say that I can relate and that I, too, am a blogging product of the times.

Some of these new bloggers are documenting the recession news, while others are using their new blogs to launch companies as first-time entrepreneurs (after being laid off from corporate jobs) or to find new work.

Here are a few of these new blog-voices as noted in CNN and the NY Times articles:

  • The Daily Bail — “Bailout News, Opinion & Analysis. A Path to Federal Bankruptcy.”
  • Recession Wire — Capturing the stories and improving the lives of urban professionals who (like the three women who founded the blog) are getting effed by the economy.
  • Pink Slips are the New Black — the founders of this blog state on their site:  “We’re angry.  We’re frustrated.  We’re unemployed…  Like you.  There is strength in numbers.  Join us.”
  • Feeling Up in Down Times — Psychologist Marlin S. Potash created this blog to “bring psychology research and clinical experience to you… and to help you to deal with the shifting ground of what to count on”
  • Timely Demise — “Tracking the changing retail landscape in today’s economic environment.”
  • Laid Off Dad — One laid off dad’s stories of life in the big city… unemployed.

Although these blogs may be temporary (because they focus on a narrow, hopefully short-term, topic — the recession) they have brought each of the founders (new bloggers) recognition and an audience they would not have had otherwise.  They grabbed the blogging bull by the horns and met a need head on (the need for people to have somewhere to go to vent about these troubling times, to be encouraged, and maybe even find an opportunity).

I look forward to seeing the blogs our members produce!

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6 Responses to “Recession Breeds New Bloggers on a Mission”


  1. March 24, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Great piece, Charlie. I hope you also posted this, or at least linked to it, on your Drunken Corpse website. You make some similar points to those made by Dan Gillmor in his book, “We the media: grassroots journalism by the people, for the people” except yours has a more urgent recession-era edge.

  2. 2 charlie
    March 24, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Hey Constantine, thanks for the tip! I haven’t read Gillmor’s book but you’ve definitely peaked my interest (the title of the book says it all!). Getting it this weekend.

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