Originally Published: May 30, 2007 8:07 a.m.
In the early 21st century, bloggers have made their way into the mainstream media – and Prescottonians aren’t lagging behind. Check out the list of sites below, some big and some small. These people make up our community, and our culture, so check them out and see who’s living in “Everybody’s Hometown.”
Angie Johnson-Schmit, writer
A crime fiction writer from Prescott, Angie began her blog by accident when she created an account to leave a comment on another blogger’s site. She writes book reviews, published a short story in an online publication called “Spinetingler Magazine,” and is currently working on a novel.
Check out Angie’s blog to read about her writing process, books she’s read, and events she’s attended. She also writes about the local art scene in Prescott, such as Tsunami on the Square and the Bluegrass Festival.
Rich Charpentier, traveler
Rich began his travel blog this past year, after living through a divorce and finding a new place to start. He packed up his Airstream trailer and decided to travel the country for one year, searching for a new home. He arrived in Prescott about two months ago, and decided to stay here.
Rich’s blog documents his adventures with photos, writing, and occasional video podcasts. Recently, his site has been focusing on the recreational opportunities in Prescott.
Tom Steele, politics
After serving on the Prescott Valley Town Council between 2004 and 2005, Tom began feeling frustrated with The Daily Courier. He believes the newspaper protects unrestricted growth and doesn’t investigate enough into certain issues.
Therefore, Tom began his own blog with his own research and investigations. He calls himself an equal opportunist, and doesn’t identify with either Democrats or Republicans. Most of all, Tom takes politics very seriously, and he shows it on his Web site.
Mike Brown, photographer
A Prescott Valley resident, Mike has been snapping away on the camera for three years. He does some side work for images.com and other local residents; however, he doesn’t own a studio.
This is why Mike began his photoblog site – to give himself an outlet and develop his name. His photoblog allows him to interact with people around the world. Mike doesn’t lock himself into one particular style, although he does weigh more toward artistic photography.
Steven Ayres, media reviewer
Steven spent years writing and making suggestions to The Daily Courier. After feeling as if the newspaper didn’t create enough open conversation among its community members, he decided to begin “Courierwatch.”
An independent producer for KJZA FM who first became involved with online communications in 1986, Steven wanted to provide a place for that conversation to happen. He posts blogs about The Courier’s articles and welcomes comments from the public.
For personal reasons, GrannyJ asked to remain anonymous.
A retired journalist from Chicago, GrannyJ details what many people miss, with photographs and notes she takes along her daily walks.
In a nutshell, this observer calls her blog “a small photojournalist look at Prescott.” She concentrates on nature and the outdoors, but also pays attention to the little things that can make a larger statement. After reading blogs for awhile, GrannyJ began her own and now writes about her interests, loving every minute.
Due to space limitations, The Daily Courier was unable to feature every blog in the area. However, here’s a list of some others to check out:
Check out this site for answers to spiritual questions and blogs by the Heights Church’s assistant pastor.
Love the stars? Go to the Prescott Astronomy Club’s Web site and click on their “blog” link for a mass amount of information on telescopes and the sky.
This site chats up the technological and business side of life. However, the blogger also talks about a variety of topics, such as the top five things she appreciates about her ex-husband!
Local bead and fiber artist, Rowena Tank, displays her work and talks about her creations, She tosses around some pretty nifty ideas too.
A Prescott resident voices his heartfelt truths regarding the deaf community. Truly inquisitive – and artistic.
This family, currently residing in Prescott, maps out its adventures in travel and culture, especially in Arizona. Tons of fun pictures here.
Moms, you may like this one. Meet Colleen, a Prescott Valley stay-at-home mom with three kids, a husband, and a part-time job. It’s her life, and her loves. Many can relate.
A Prescott poetess writes for artsy minds. Come and seek, and you shall find . . . poetry, that is.
Ken Nimmo, a Prescott realtor, uses this site to post homes on the market and reach out to buyers and sellers alike.
Another local photographer, Nathan Aguilera, takes his time to display his work and his thoughts in this photoblog.
Meet Dina: the typical, small town girl next door. She lives with her 4-year-old son and their dog, and hopes to turn her site into an archive of undiscovered activities for kids.
This anonymous Prescott resident chats about her random life: everything from her resale clothing store to what Memorial Day means to her.
Prescott resident Dagny speaks her mind on politics, books, and maybe even some philosophy. Do you agree?
Wanna hear the best place to eat Thai in Prescott Valley, or vent about the Arizona standardized tests in school? “Steve” is the guy!
A Prescott native Navy corpsman, who now lives in California, talks about his life in the military, his trips to Iraq, and his family.
This Prescott College student talks about his experiences though his school, and his adventures in the tri-city area.
“Death, politics, and baseball . . . what more do you want?” Check out this Prescott Valley resident’s site and see!
Come and see Random Roger’s blog for the latest musings on international investing and the occasional adventure of wildland firefighting.
Another family blog about small-town life in good ‘ol Prescott, Ariz.
Stop by this blog site about health and fitness from the local YMCA!
For the latest on downtown Prescott culture and Whiskey Row, check out this site about Prescott style.