This evening, PolkVoice.com contributors were informed of the pending closing of their local blogging host. The service was supported by area newspaper, The Ledger and the notice was written by Ledger Managing Editor/Digital Barry Friedman and Digital Advertising Manager Scott R. Girouard.
Since 2006, community bloggers, businesses, and organizations have used the free service to promote and share information. Select posts and photos were chosen by Ledger staff to appear in a weekly printed giveaway. In addition, Polk Voice article headlines and links have often appeared in various forms on the theLedger.com.
The Ledger’s email gave no specific reason for the timing of the move, but after a switch to the WordPress MU & BuddyPress software PolkVoice.com has suffered from frequent major troubles. Some who blogged solely on the service lost archived links or found themselves unable to publish using the new software. Lakeland Local has republished content, links and photos on PolkVoice.com since late 2006 and has recently dealt firsthand with many of the Polk Voice software issues.
The Ledger suggested Polk Voice contributors could continue publishing at one of the national blogging services at WordPress.com, Typepad.com or Blogger.com. The email noted that the majority of current PolkVoice posts are now pulled from other sites using an aggregator. After February 1st, theledger.com will use a similar system to publish headlines and links from sites written by contributing Polk citizens and organizations.
We feel this will provide you with the best solution possible, a blog that you ultimately control, and a means of distributing it to a larger audience through the power of theledger.com. – The Ledger
Note: (11:39pm Jan 25, 2010) — corrected an editing error
Note: (05:45am Jan 26, 2010) –Fixed article to reflect information just received that the email was co-written by Friedman and Ledger Digital Advertising Manager Scott R. Girouard. Comments specifically attributed to Friedman are now attributed to “The Ledger.”