Last year, The Sun began reaching out to local blogs. The paper started providing links to related blog posts at the end of news stories and ran a popularity contest for local bloggers called The Mobbies (Maryland’s Outstanding Blogs). They even threw a party with an open bar to announce the winners!
It now appears they’ve begun to have second thoughts about their blogging brethren.
No longer are local blogs included in the Social Networking section of the online newspaper. There is no link to The Mobbies. Links to related blog posts are no longer provided at the end of news stories.
Was it something we said?
The Washington Post on the other hand, is still showing the loco blogs a little love. They still maintain a directory of local blogs complete with feeds of latest posts.