Beet Street is nearly twelve hours into BlogJam 2008, where they are blogging for 24 hours straight. (Aren't all blogs 24 hours?) Essentially, they've opened comments on a thread asking why Fort Collins is so great. At the time of this post, 89 mostly anonymous folks have cheered on the Choice City for things like dogs, bikes, Horsetooth, and various businesses likely touting themselves. (Please note: I was not the one who mentioned the trivia night I host at Coop's as a favorite thing, though I appreciate whoever did.)
What I'm wondering is, Where are the less savory "favorite things"? You know, less family-friendly things like 4/20 celebrations (though margs make many appearances). Or what about sarcasm? Likewise, I'm surprised no one has posted cynical comments about gripes like traffic, development, BrewFest, etc. Blog commentators, especially of the anonymous variety, can be real jerks; where are the jerks? It must be the weather warming up cold sentiments, which can't be a bad thing.
I commend the effort of trying to get the community blogging, but right now it seems a little self-congratulatory. Hopefully next time the BlogJam format will be used to open up a dialogue with a little more substance than "Fort Collins is awesome because..." That sounds like a fifth-grade essay topic.
But I suggest Holla readers head over and contribute, even if the dog park is the only positive you can think of.