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Last Year’s State Of The Blog

Jennifer Locke brought the youngest and cutest follower of Huckleberries Online to Blogfest 2013. Jennifer, Bjorn Handeen, Northerner and I had a good conversation re: “astroturf” and the number of Republican factions in the Kootenai County area. We stopped counting the latter at 7. (Don Sausser photo special to Huckleberries Online)

One year ago, I penned this State of the Blog post after attending Blogfest 2013:

I enjoyed another blogfest Saturday — and was energized by it. I find it easy to get unfocused re: the impact of Huckleberries Online, when I'm dealing with the occasional troll, angry commenter or complaint off-blog. But Blogfest brings things into perspective. I know something's happening here when individuals with different agendas, politics and religious persuasions — and even somewhat hostile to one another in cyberspace — can break bread together and discuss common ground. I had the pleasure of watch Adamsfly, a regular critic of Dan Gookin and Tom Hamilton, introduce himself to Gookin at Blogfest 2013. The two men then had a constructive conversation. I spotted only one bonafide Democrat at Blogfest (Dan of the Community). But I suppose the Far Right will continue to say Huckleberries is run by and for “libruls.” Reagan Republicans, United Conservatives of North Idaho and Libertarians were well represented at Blogfest. More here.

Question: How would you describe the State of the Blog now?

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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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