Minnesota Moments features state "place" blogs, including this one

The magazine Minnesota Moments features in its winter edition ten Minnesota bloggers who write about life in this Midwestern state. I was honored to be included.

It’s a nice collection of writers. My section gets into some nitty-gritty about choices you have to make when you write about controversy and politics, and some of you might find that interesting.

Special thanks to Audrey Kletscher Helbling at Minnesota Prairie Roots, another of the featured blogs, who collected responses for the magazine and shoe-horned me past the editors. MN Prairie Roots, rich with photographs, history and modern perspective about southern Minnesota, is probably the best “place” blog in the state.

Writing about place is the great potential of the internet, allowing everyone from anywhere tell the story of their people. Together, we learn who we are.

Photo: Graphic from Minnesota Moments blogger story


  1. Nice recognition Aaron, Congratulations!

  2. Thanks! It’s nice to be included. There are a lot of good bloggers in this state, so I’ll take what I get. 🙂

  3. Adam Clark Estes Jan 11, 2012

    It’s unclear exactly why, but the Department of Homeland has been operating a “Social Networking/Media Capability” program to monitor the top blogs, forums and social networks online for at least the past 18 months.

    Based on a privacy compliance review from last November recently obtained by Reuters, the purpose of the project is to “collect information used in providing situational awareness and establishing a common operating picture.” Whatever that means. Either way, the list of sites reported by Reuters is pretty intriguing:
    Social Networks
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Myspace
    • The Drudge Report
    • The Huffington Post
    • The New York Times’s blog
    • Wired’s Threat Level
    • Wired’s Danger Room
    • ABC News’ investigative blog The Blotter
    • “blogs that cover bird flu … news and activity along U.S. borders … drug trafficking and cybercrime”
    • Hulu
    • YouTube
    • Flickr

    In conclusion, the Department of Homeland Security is just like you. We’ve seen no reports of Minnesota Brown being on the list. But if we are, hello Department of Homeland Security employees — thanks for reading!

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