During the last week or so the local blogs have been filled with hate mongering and some of the most vial commentary to surface in quite awhile. Friends have suffered personal attacks as have I. Such is the nature of blogging. It seems some are most emboldened by anonymity. These episodes, thankfully, are cyclical and hopefully this one has run its course.
In an e-mail from a friend, this observation really struck me. "It's hard to conceive of others always being so negative when there is so much for which we can be positive." That got me to thinking about some of our local blogs that are anything but negative.
Get Out North Idaho! and OnLocation North Idaho are unabashedly pro northern Idaho and community. They contain information about everything and anything there is to do, right-on restaurant reviews, photos galore of attractions and hidden treasures. They are both well written with humor and pride.
These are the blogs to follow to understand what the people who have rich and fulfilling lives do with their time, their friends and their families.
I felt refreshed just browsing through them this afternoon. Interestingly, one is authored by a Spokesman Review columnist, the other by a Coeur d'Alene Press columnist. They both view their community with similar vision. Pride.
Wouldn't it be nice if it was catching?