Looking beyond the marker at background details, we see what is now the Rock Motel in the background to the right. Down the road to the left, Ancient Cities Motel and Restaurant, and a Texaco sign marking a long closed station that has since had other identities, none quite sticking. Across the highway is another local gas station, Chevron, I think, that is now the Pump 'n Save. Mike Padilla owned the earlier station, which also sold feed, and now manages this one for a regional franchise. Otherwise, Mountainair and the road into town look much as it did then.
Like postcards, posts in blogs anchored to a location can be story-telling snapshots of that place at a particular time. Two more blogs, Jill Elizabeth's blog for The Mountainair Wire and Edward Harting's Happy With Life, have joined the local "blogueria" Each is distinctive, unique in voice, purpose, implied audience and style. Both are now in my feed readers, on local blogrolls and added to the cyber-album of "Mountainair postcards." Both merit visiting
I plan to "review" both in depth in another post. Until then, a brief annotation for each: Edward's personal blog is well-written and reflective. Posts since focus on his experience and impressions of Mountainair and managing the Shaffer. Jill's blog has more pictures, minimal copy (mostly extended caption for the many and very good photos) and less reflection. Website, blog and videos are part of Barbara Chung's project to "brand" Mountainair (presumably BARBwire Design mentioned but not linked).
Purpose and audience vary: with them, tone, style and content follow suit. Nor are all blogs on the local blog list (right sidebar, down a ways) exclusively about Mountainair. Several local blog-ventures into cyberspace miss the "blogueria" list for being inactive or not having a feed. Those on local links lists deserve (and will get) more mention and space than just the local links list. The community's Facebook presence merits spotlighting as well. Likewise, I'll schedule a tour of features here. In "Repurposing the Closet," posted to McGee's Cyber Closet, I write about the kinship of blogging to earlier forms of personal expression such as the Commonplace book and inventory my own personal network.
Blogging location (sometimes appearing in the title) and posts about that location do not mean that all posts in local blogs will always be about that location, although a place name in the title raises a reasonable expectation that a blog will be more about that place than one not named. This one is a Mountainair blog because I live and blog from here. That said, blogging from and not infrequently about a place, shapes perspective and influences topic choices. Other words in a title influence, if not content, then expectations. "Arts" in this blog's title leads readers to expect a blog about and for local art interests, which, in turn, set up a conflict that interfere with blogging and personal voice, ameliorated but not resolved by a separate Mountainair Online blog just for local notices.