Coal Camp, near Grundy, Virginia (Circa 1970)
(Image from "Revisiting the Appalachian Coalfield", from the Alicia Patterson Foundation, an organization that supports something rare and valuable - high-quality journalism)
Well, if you know much about blogs, you know that most blog operators/writers/administrators are obsessed with knowing their work is 1) being consumed (read/seen) and 2) being linked. I know, I know, it is petty, but ask any serious blogger about their philosophies on pinging, Technorati, del.icio.us, and so on, and you’re in for an hour long rant, almost universally. I myself have, occasionally been addicted in just such a way.
That is how I found myself on Google, doing searches for our blog. Sure, I did the normal bit – I typed in “Hillbilly Savants” and, unsurprisingly, found, well, us. But then I was like, hell, I wonder how deep into the search term “
Fifteen pages in, at the 152nd entry, there we were.
At first, I’ll admit, I was a little sad. Sure, we’re young, but hot dog if we don’t write a lot about
Time passes, leaves fall, the ages of humanity slip away like water through a sieve. Nearly half an hour passed as I watched that episode of Scrubs, but I hardly felt any older at all. Why? Because an idea had begun to dawn on me – something simple, elegant, and nifty. What if I cruised through the 151 sites which appeared prior to our own and picked out a few that warrant consideration? Then my time on Google wouldn’t have been entirely a failed narcissistic absurdity. Er. Yeah.
Thus, without further ado – a selection of sites that show up when you type “
1. Wikipedia: “
3. National Geographic: “Discover Appalachia” – Arguably the most influential pro-Appalachian tourism advertising supplement on the web ever. Ever.
5. The Appalachian Regional Commission – The Feds do
15. H-Appalachia: Appalachian History and Studies – A message board on the social sciences and humanities in and of the mountains. I might have to subscribe.
22. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Appalachia’s War” – A three-part series on the history of the “war on poverty” in
33. The Celtic Republic of Appalachia – A site about folks of Gaelic persuasions in
85. The Mountain Institute: Appalachian Program – An over three-decade old program emphasizing education. Neat.
86. Alicia Patterson Foundation: “Revisiting the Appalachian Coalfield” – A photoessay on, well, coalfields.
104. Anarkismo: “An Anarchist Communist Strategy for Rural, Southern Appalachia” – Flying the black or red flag is still illegal in
110. Righteous Remnant: “Jewish Survival in
115. Technorati: Appalachia – Blogs talking about
131. The Town of Appalachia – The New Orleans of deep southwest