Wednesday, May 21, 2008

DAILY NEWS REPORTS ON BLOGFEST 2008

Brooklyn's Bloggers Show Real Faces
ERIN O'NEILL
Tuesday, May 20th 2008, 4:00 AM

When Petra Symister moved from Chelsea to Bedford-Stuyvesant she lost her sense of community - but blogging cured her loneliness. "I feel more connected to this neighborhood by blogging than I did in nine years living in Chelsea," she said.

Symister created the Bed-Stuy Blog 14 months ago, joining a Brooklyn-based network of citizen and professional writers, photographers and videographers who leave the comfort of their computer desks to meet in person every year at the Brooklyn Blogfest.

Last week, the Brooklyn Lyceum hosted the third annual event, which was started by Louise ("Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn") Crawford in 2006 to put virtual names to actual faces.
"We were calling each other by our blog names," said Crawford, whose blog is four years old. "We're not that sort of cyber-weird. People come out from behind their computers and meet up."

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