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DFO: A Whole Lotta Tweakin’ Going On

Huckleberries has always been a work in progress. Remember. When I first started this blog on Feb. 16, 2004, it was for the purpose of supporting George Bush’s re-election bid. Since then, it has changed from a politically partisan blog into a place where all but extremists from the various sides of the political prism feel comfortable exchanging views and hanging out. HBO has become the cyber coffee shop that Cis Gors’ envisioned in that first year.

This blog has never remained static. It has had to adjust and change to keep up with the changing group of commenters, bloggers and blurkers who hang out here. Some have hung in here from the start, and I deeply appreciate them. Some have drifted off. Some have left over ideological spats. Most have contributed something. Many have predicted this blog’s demise as various challenges have arisen. Some felt the civility rules would be the death of the blog. Then came the CdA office cutback. There have been times when I’ve wondered if the blog could keep its altitude. The answer so far has been yes. But I’ve had to change things to meet the new circumstances.

My latest change has occurred this week quietly, despite my vacation and illness. More than ever, I’ve been trying to incorporate other online Idaho bloggers and commenters into this space. I have the unique background of having worked for all three major publishers in North Idaho: the Cowles family, Duane Hagadone and Butch Alford (Lewiston Tribune). As a result, I know and follow the best writers in Idaho. I want you to know them, too. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve been posting Idaho items without consideration for wider interest to outside blurkers and commenters. Also, you’ll notice that I’ve been promoting major Spokane stories of interest in North Idaho. And SR bloggers. And have incorporated individual bloggers, like Sam, Bob and Toad, who are key parts of the HBO blogosphere into the main blogroll. The beauty of cyberspace is that there’s no boundaries. Now, if I can figure out how to bring you more Bonner and Shoshone County news, I’ll be content with the new parameters of the HBO blogosphere/DFO.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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