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Every blog has its day

August 14, 2005|By: Elia Powers

MY OBJECTIVE WAS OUTLINED IN AN e-mail and was sent on July 26, 2005,

to a consortium of Newsport-Mesa newsmakers:

Dear (Sir or Ms.),

This is Elia Powers from the Daily Pilot newspaper. I am writing

an article about bloggers in Newport-Mesa and am looking to see what

blogs some of our residents read and write. If you could respond by

e-mail with your name, I would appreciate it.

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The number of blogs doubles every five months, according to

Technorati, a blog-tracking firm. Right now, there are approximately

14.2 million of them, and I wanted to know more about the bloggers in

our midst. Here's what my inquiry revealed.

POST NO. 1: THE MEANING OF A BLOG

It's difficult to discern true emotion over the Internet, yet

parts of Kiril Kundurazieff's e-mail did seem unmistakably sincere.

"Being online, and then becoming a blogger, changed my life," he

wrote.

And so, for this story, it seemed essential to contact

Kundurazieff, a longtime Costa Mesa resident who moved to Santa Ana a

month ago when his apartment lease ended.

Pre-interview research was a cinch. There's no shortage of space

on the Web, and Kundurazieff takes full advantage, including enough

personal fodder to piece together a short autobiography.

Like many who call themselves bloggers, Kundurazieff keeps his

postings close to home.

He writes about his daily experiences, his favorite restaurants,

even his politics.

In a one-week span, he described in detail a 45-minute tour of

Newport Beach's new Mormon temple and a 27-mile bicycle tour of Costa

Mesa.

Some of Kundurazieff's readers simply know him as the Cycling

Dude, the name of his 2-year-old blog dedicated to transportation on

two wheels. (He doesn't own a car.) Others know him from Sneakeasy's

Joint, the online diary he jokingly used to refer to as "Huntingport

Mesa's #1 Blog."

One thing was certain: Communicating with Kundurazieff would be

easy. If nothing else, bloggers are attentive to reader inquiries.

What good is your name and what value is this medium if you aren't

responding in real time?

The e-mail messages shot back and forth. It was time to use the

old-fashioned method of corresponding. The phone rang.

POST NO. 2: THE CATALYST

On a hectic Friday morning, a message flashes across my computer

screen: "I thought you might be interested in seeing the Web log I

launched recently."

The author is Geoff West, a Costa Mesa resident and an opinion

writer whose commentary regularly appears in the Daily Pilot's Forum

pages.

The link leads to A Bubbling Cauldron, a new site devoted

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