Monday, April 16, 2007

Bloggers and the Virginia Tech Massacre

Since Yesterday I have been going through an extensive list of Appalachian blogs (by which I mean blogs written either by folk from Appalachia or about folk from Appalachia, specifically West Virginia, western Virginia, eastern Kentucky, east Tennessee, and western North Carolina), looking for reactions to the shootings yesterday in Blacksburg. My goal has been to sketch out our reactions, some immediate, some considered, to the tragedy that has fallen in amongst us. The list isn't comprehensive - though I'll be glad to add links if you can recommend them. It is, however, something. I hope that it matters.

American Legends

American Twentysomething 3.0

Appalachian Greens

Appalachian History

Appalachian Scribe (1, 2)


Balloon Juice (1, 2, & 3)

Bastard Sons of Pinfall Marks


Blue Ridge Blog

Blue Ridge Muse

Botetourt County

Brian Patton

brian's blog

Bristol Views

Change West Virginia

Cup of Joe Powell


Domestic Psychology

Don Surber (1, 2, 3, & 4)

Don't print this.

Feedback with Steve Adams


Fifth Column

Frankly Speaking

From on High

Front Porch Blog

FunditPundit (1, 2)

The Goat Rope (1, 2)

Health Care Law Blog

Hot Topics

Huntington West Virginia Blog

It's a Blog Eat Blog World

Just Another Day in Roanoke (1, 2, 3, 4, & 5)


Larry Jones doesn't like your news organization (1, 2)

The Laughing Gypsy


Left of the Dial (1, 2)


Life in West Virginia

Lincoln Walks at Midnight

Living in a Media World

Mountain 'publican

parasol party


New River Oasis (1, 2, & 3)

No Silence Here (Survey of Several Blogs)

Random Mumblings


Ron's Thots

Shuck and Jive

There's Nothing to do Here

Thistle Cove Farm

traces of me (1, 2, & 3)

The Upfront Page

The View From the Sidelines

West Virginia Blue (1, 2, 3, 4, & 5)
Thanks Clem G.

WV Girl's Blog

Also, I want to recommend these blogs which aren't written by Appalachians, nor are they written specifically for or about Appalachia, but which have caught my eye.

BoingBoing (1, 2, & 3)

Tuned In (1, 2)


Clem G. said...

Thanks for the round-up.

We certainly consider ourselves Appalachian bloggers at West Virginia Blue. I can't speak for the other front-pagers, but I've been too stunned to write in any detail yet--it hits too close to home.

We do have these posts up: 1, 2.

John L. Kerns said...

Thanks for your work on this, Mr. Smith.

clem g. said...

I've got a few more for you... we had some more diaries posted last night: 3, 4.

There's also this news: Governor Manchin Orders Flags at Half Staff

In the meta category, I've posted a link to your list. :-)

There's another blogger from West Virginia you add. She blogs on a national platform, but I consider her West Virginia's most famous blogger: Christy Hardin Smith at FireDogLake. She posted Red Flags. [She's a WVa native and resident.]

Keep up the great work!

Ya'll have an open invitation to cross-post items to any time you'd like.

the laughing gypsy said...

Thank you for pulling this together! I'm still working through my own reaction, as is everyone. I have some thoughts up at, with more to come, i'm sure...Nothing earth-shattering, just a West Virginian trying to make sense out of the senseless.