Nashville is Meta-Talking

Over at Nashville Is Talking, we’re discussing the future of Nashville Is Talking. It also relates to the future of this blog, Metroblogging Nashville.

The Metroblogging Nashville writers have discussed amongst ourselves a number of times how we are affected by Nashville Is Talking, in the sense that it is has at times, for better or worse, helped define who and what we felt we should and should not be. Should we link to local bloggers? Even if NiT is already doing so? Should we be more about on-the-ground life-in-Nashville coverage? Should we be both? Should we even care how we are similar to and how we are different from NiT?

Maybe we’ve done a little too much navel-gazing and not enough writing. OK, almost definitely we’ve erred that way. But we’re still trying to sort it out.

So let us know in the comments what you think. Should we at Metroblogging Nashville strive to become some of what Nashville Is Talking has been for us in the past: an aggregator, a place to find community, etc?

And by the way, if you’re interested in writing for Metroblogging Nashville, let us know in the comments. There’s a process, but it’s not too involved. Chris Wage can hook you up.

16 Comments so far

  1. Kat Coble (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

    Well, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to a little resentment of MetBlogs Nashville. Not much. Barely even a smidge.

    But when it started up I THOUGHT it would be like an NiT-style thing–a roundtable of community conversations, etc.

    Then I began to feel like it was NOT the place for my writing. I don’t live in Downtown Nashville. I’m not into the party scene.

    I took a bunch of crap for writing a review of a new mall/movie theatre just over the county line, which is patronised by a LOT of Nashvillians. But since it wasn’t downtown Nashville there seemed to be a lot of “we don’t want that stuff here.”

    I didn’t know what else to write about that wasn’t already being ably covered elsewhere. Then when I lost my password in an email crash and didn’t get a replacement, I figured that the decision had been made.

    Don’t get me wrong–I’d love to blog at Metblogs. I just didn’t get that I (or my material) were what they were shooting for.


  2. Jerry Horne (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

    Just be yourself. If NiT goes under , Nashville needs a something/blogthing to allow people to gather collectively. It can be a great place to share what’s going on around us locally.


  3. Chris Wage (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

    I’ve been talking to Mack a bit about the form and content of the stuff here, but the bottom line is that if it’s about/related to Nashville, it’s golden..

    The best for this site would be to have a lot of different angles on Nashville — so Kat I still wish we had you around.. If you’re interested, just let me know, and we can get you set back up.

    The major hurdle we have versus NiT is the sheer volume — it’s hard to compete with the posting volume..

    It’s cool, though — I am gonna see if I can score a few prescriptions for adderall and just go to town..


  4. Kat Coble (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    I am definitely interested.


  5. Kate O' (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

    It sure looks as if NiT is down. Is it temporary? It’s all so strange.


  6. Andrew (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

    Kat, come back! And to all those who desparately missed me (no one, I know) my posts will resume today… I am back from vacation.


  7. Kate O' (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 3:54 pm

    Looks like it’s back. Sorry to be dramatic. :)


  8. Paul Nicholson (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 6:45 pm

    I totally agree. I was looking for the reference, but i thought i had made a suggestion to that effect when Brittney got let go. Maybe it was a comment i made on NiT, which i can’t search right now.

    Anyway, i think this would be better. As far as the amount of posts, you’d just have to do what NiT did, and have an auto-feed aggregator running on one column, then just have people post when you can. But this site has two huge advantages: 1) No single source of posts, no concentrated ‘control’. NiT is great, and Brittney and Kat both do great jobs, but their voice still screams through occasionally. 2) Not affiliated with a Nashville based media outlet, so there is even less chance for any of that evil media version 0.1 influence.


  9. Jeffrey (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 8:17 pm

    i’d be interested in blogging at MetBlogs. holla at me. jsdavis82 [at] gmail [dot] com


  10. brittney (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

    I wasn’t let go, ferchrissakes!


  11. newscoma (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 10:13 pm

    I think this is a great idea.
    But, alas, I’m outside of Nashville and I’m wondering about us on the cusp. Lynnster, SQ and I (as well as others) have become part of the Nashville community having lived here.
    But will this keep us apart of this community.
    Just asking as it indicative to the conversation.


  12. Amy Phelan (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 12:40 am

    I’d be interested. I have quite a few opinions on what’s going on in Nashville in general. I’m especially opinionated about what I think should happen in Inglewood.


  13. Jon (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 7:38 am

    I’d be interested in joining, if Metroblogs needs someone to reprazent the south side.


  14. brittney (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 9:03 am

    Count me in.


  15. Busy Mom (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 1:03 pm

    What Kat said.

    I felt like I was too old to write for Metroblogging.

    I think the difference between the site formerly known as NiT and this one, is that the original NiT idea was to highlight local bloggers’ work, and, interesting things that may or may not be Nashville related.

    Metroblogging, to me, is more about the city itself, and, both are great angles.

    I personally don’t care if someone’s voice comes through or not, as long as they’re a good writer, and, I am so, so weary of the “influence of media” argument.

    I’m just looking for something interesting to read locally that’s not exclusively politics and issues, or, restaurants I’ll never get to because they don’t have a drive-thru with toys.


  16. Chris Chamberlain (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

    As a newbie contributor to Metroblogging, I’ve spent a little time thinking about the difference between it and NiT, and now MCB.

    The way I see it, NiT concentrated on links with commentary about others writing, kind of like a literary journal. (Verrrry loose comparison, by the way. They wrote about me after all, so how literary could it be?)

    Metroblogging is more about providing primary content with the option of linking to outside references to enhance the internal commentary. I sort of got the feeling that the emphasis was intended to be more internal to the site and the resulting discussion through comments rather than a jumping off point for click-throughs, so I kept my linking to a lesser extent than I do at my own blog.

    Both models serve the reader by giving him or her something to read and somewhere to go. I could see them coexisting and hope to contribute to both. If it’s something I want to say about Nashville, I’ll Metroblog it. If it’s something interesting that other members of the Nashville (and honorary Nashvillagers) are writing about, I would expect to write about it or read it on NiT/MCB. If it’s about my poodle or my bowels, look for it at The Dry Spot.

    Just my $.02.



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