by Abelardo de la Peña Jr.
- L.A.-based Latino bloggers are getting out from behind the computer in favor of face-time at monthly group meetings.
- Loosely known as Los Blogueros, since mid-2008 they’ve gathered at various locales in the city’s downtown and east side. A typical meeting: Introductions all around — new bloggers show up monthly — followed by talk on blog topics like improved search functions and ending with discussions on political, cultural and social fronts (Iconoculture observation 1.27.09).
- Who represents? Gerard Meraz, who writes the Pachucoville blog; performance artist Maria Elena Gaítan, author of East of the L.A. River; and former Los Angeles Times reporter Jesus Sanchez, who writes for The Eastsider L.A. (KCET.org 1.30.09).
WHAT THIS MEANS TO BUSINESS
- Amidst the debate over the value of blogging, monthly meetings may not do much to validate journalistic cred, but they certainly unmask the anonymity of these denizens of the blogosphere.
- Getting out amongst the public now and then keeps these bloggers motivated and connected, providing fodder for future postings.