I recently did a Google search for Greenville, South Carolina blogs. I figured I couldn’t be the only one in the Upstate filling the ether with my drivel. I stumbled across the Reedy River Review, which bills itself as “A Satirical Look at the Sanctimonious in the Upstate of South Carolina and Beyond” There’s some really funny stuff in here, and I may even add it to my favorites link. Editor Haywood Beatty (both first and last names are long in Greenville lore, making me think it’s a pseudonym) takes a wonder stab at right-wingers in the area, and there are many links to progressive websites in the state.
Author Mindy Friddle has a blog spot on a publisher’s website. As you might expect, it deals with book tours and her writings. From it I did learn that she has a new novel in progress. I enjoyed The Garden Angel very much, and will look forward to this one.
Monty’s Corner features the musings of Monty, a BJU student, who also maintains a listing of BJU Bloggers. I’m sure these entries will be quite different from the Reedy River Review. I sure miss the old Bob Jones A-GoGo site, written by a former BJU student who was not brainwashed by his alma mater. There was some very good religious satire on that site.
Unfortunately, not all of the search’s hits were as productive. Postcards from Nowhere is well-designed, and looked promising, but looks like it is only updated sporadically. I guess that’s the case for most blogs – long on promise and short on delivery. Many more hadn’t be updated in over a year.
After wading through several pages of search hits that turned up not much of anything, I decided that a new tool must be in order. Given the phenomenal explosion in the blogsphere, there have got to be tons of these things in the area. I know that most are teeny angst-ridden things by high school students on trash websites such as Xanga, but there have got to be a few more good writers such as Haywood Beatty. Google is just a poor source for local blogs, so it might be best to use something like Bloglinker, Globe of Blogs or Blogdigger. Even so, Globe of Blogs relies on user input, so many of its links are out of date.
Oh well, I’ll continue the search, and if I stumble across anything else like the Reedy River Review, I’ll post a link.