While social media platforms with single-sentence content and auto-deleting videos get all the hype, old-school blogging remains as popular as ever. A cataloging of Duluth-related web logs reveals there might be more of them than ever. So if you’re interested in following the musings of those who do more than tweet, snap, tik and tok, read on.
Of course, several of these blogs are designed to promote an enterprise or produce clickbaitish content, but most of them are not. And it must be noted that there is not necessarily a clear-cut line that differentiates blogs from online magazines and news sources, so compiling the list below required making some judgement calls.
Furthermore, since there are a lot of abandoned or barely active blogs, the criteria for inclusion in this list is that the blog has at least five new posts since November 2019 and at least one since May 2020. Blogs that have special permission requirements or paywalls are not included.
Obviously some good ones might have been missed in this list, so sound off in the comments about anything worth adding.
Astro Bob | Retired Duluth News Tribune photographer Bob King still covers celestial happenings on his blog and in the newspaper. The blog is updated almost daily with new info about the latest comet, supernovae, red moon, etc.
Duluth Moms Blog | This site is a sort of local franchisee of citymomsblog.com, a network of websites designed to connect moms with content like “5 Reasons Why You Should Attend Bloom Virtually” and “Being an Influential Mom in an Influencer Culture.”
Duluth Daily Photo | Naomi Yaeger doesn’t keep up the “daily” pace anymore — it’s more like maybe three days a month — but her blog still features Duluth photos.
Duluthian | The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce publishes blog posts about three times per month about topics related to local business. The blog brandishes the name of the chamber’s monthly magazine, Duluthian.
Duluth Monitor | John Ramos posts news stories the major outlets miss, mainly through attending public meetings to get scoops. The current pace of the site is about one story per week.
Ed’s Big Adventure | Duluth writer Eddy Gilmore still blogs a bit about urban farming, sprinkling in posts about family economics and adventures on the Superior Hiking Trail.
Ennyman’s Territory | Ed Newman writes primarily about the arts, but sprinkles in baseball, communication trends and other stuff.
Laura Erickson’s For the Birds | Duluth’s Laura Erickson frequently blogs about her birding adventures — in addition to producing her longrunning radio segment and podcast For the Birds. The blog, however, features something not available on the radio: lots of bird photos.
The Face of Humanity | Christopher Fletcher portrays the human condition through poetry and photography.
Fishing in Duluth | Fishing guide Jarrid Houston writes a fishing report hosted on the website of Visit Duluth, the city’s convention and visitors bureau.
Giant Voices Blog | Duluth-based marketing firm Giant Voices publishes a blog with tips on improving such things as search-engine results, web design and social media presence.
Jim Heffernan’s Blog | Duluth News Tribune columnist Jim Heffernan continues to share his comical and historical observations semi-regularly.
Noah Hobbs on Medium | One Roof Community Housing Lending Director and former Duluth City Councilor Noah Hobbs writes occasionally about housing issues, but also delves into potholes and public safety.
Lake Voice News | Since 2010, journalism students at the University of Minnesota Duluth have been publishing community news through this online publication.
Lake Superior Writers Blog | Members of the region’s nonprofit writers’ group share writing and publishing tips, along with musings on their inspirations.
Lake Superior Zoo Blog | Lake Superior Zoo Veterinarian Dr. Louise Beyea and other employees occasionally post on this blog about new projects at the zoo and various critter adventures.
Lincoln Democrat | Former Duluth School Board member Harry Welty continues to render his opinions on education and politics, along with writing the occasional travelogue.
Marie’s Meanderings | Marie Zhuikov explores life in northern Minnesota and anywhere else her travels span. Her passions include nature, environmental issues, arts, music, children, dogs, books, relationships, cooking and the like.
Minnesota Brown | Iron Range native and journalist Aaron Brown writes about northern Minnesota news, culture and politics.
NWS Duluth Blog | The National Weather Service hosts a Duluth weather blog that features severe weather reports, cold-water safety tips and more.
O Mighty Crisis | Jocelyn Pihlaja writes personal essays that chronicle “every half-formed thought that wafts through the empty chamber” of her skull.
Sheila Packa Poetry Blog | Duluth’s poet laureate from 2010-’12 writes a blog about “poetry: figurative language, spirit, intertextual explorations, patterns, punctuation, forms, great writers, quotes, and journey notes.”
A Patient Cycle | Karl Schuettler writes primarily about politics, economics and hockey. A little bit of creative fiction is also worked into the mix.
The Photonaturalist | Mark “Sparky” Stensaas posts photos and stories culled while tracking the region’s wildlife — primarily birds.
Real Stories North | Launched in May, this blog features anonymous political rants, frequently targeting Duluth’s mayor.
Shmotown | Eric “Shmo” Chandler writes about reading, writing, outdoor activities and occasionally Veterans issues.
Solglimt’s Explore Duluth Blog | Solglimt Bed and Breakfast on Minnesota Point publishes list articles like “10 Awesome Breweries” and “3 Perks of a Bed and Breakfast.”
Superior Footprints | Molly Hoeg shares her passions for Lake Superior, running, swimming, canoeing and kayaking, cycling, cross-country skiing, reading, sewing, needle crafts, baking and spending time over coffee or wine with friends.
Swim Blog | The marketing minds at Swim Creative occasionally post tips on topics such as brand strategy, WordPress innovation and connecting with customers during COVID-19.
365 Days of Birds | Richard Hoeg blogs about his birding experiences on an almost daily basis, with plenty of photos of owls, woodpeckers, sunrises and northern lights.
This Day in Duluth | Duluth publishing house Zenith City Press posts a daily blurb about an historic event from the city’s past.
A G Thomson House Blog | The award-winning A G Thomson House Bed and Breakfast publishes a blog with the all the expected articles about bike trails, breweries and things to do in Duluth.
Twin Ports Terror | Matt Rasmussen, Sean Zarn and Brooke Zarn recently launched this platform for local writers and artists to share their stories, poems, artwork and photography within the horror genre.
Universal Klister | Hansi Johnson’s blog mostly covers his outdoor adventures and happenings in the biking and skiing industries. He also writes about his advocacy work, pushing to get a wider variety of people outdoors.
Vintage Duluth | The friendly bibliothecaries at the Duluth Public Library occasionally produce articles about people, architecture, events and other cool stuff from Duluth’s past.
Zenith City Online Updates | Tony Dierckins’ Duluth history website is organized more like a reference guide than a blog, but it is periodically updated with new articles at zenithcity.com/updates.
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