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My favorite blogger quit this morning.

“PittGirl” decided to pack-up and leave The Burgh Blog behind, with everyone’s favorite butler, Woy, breaking the sad news.

I’m still trying to process that I won’t be able to check it off my daily must-read blogs. In fact, it was the first feed I’d read out of all 50 million subscriptions. PG had this gift. Whether it was making me laugh hysterically over the antics of her self-united husbands or making me want to cry with her thoughts about people with cancer, I knew that the woman could tell a story. Boy, could she tell a story.

It was through these stories that I began to understand more about this city. I’m a transplant from South Jersey. I still don’t get things, but I feel that reading her blog helped me with the transition and I became comfortable enough to eventually call myself a Pittsburgher. As cheesy as it sounds, she made every day just a little bit better. She wrote about all of the good and bad in this city and through that, you could tell she dearly loved it at its best and worst.

She had the guts to say what many of us think, but might be afraid to say without facing repercussions. It was therefore understandable why she chose anonymity while constructing this community. I may never know who she really is, but I feel like she is the kind of person you could just be friends with instantly, knocking back a few Zimas and prattling on about the Steelers, that pigeons are indeed Satan’s winged Earth army (step off, PETA), and everything else.

It’s my honest opinion that both she and The Burgh Blog are one of the great treasures this city has to offer.

Thanks, PG, for the memories. I know we all hope you’ll return in some capacity one day. You may love Pittsburgh, but don’t forget that Pittsburgh loves you, too.

*pours Zima on the asphalt and stomps a pigeon in remembrance*

Forsooth, yo.

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For those who have no idea who the heck PittGirl is, I can refer you to this lovely article in Pittsburgh magazine. It really can’t begin to describe the woman behind the blog. If you never had the opportunity to read her thoughts, you truly missed out.

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For the last week, I’ve seen many people chirping about NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo. Not knowing what the heck they were talking about, I turned to trusty Google search and discovered that these crazy acronyms stand for National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month, respectively.

More importantly, they’re a challenge. Should you choose to participate in NaNoWriMo, you have from today until Nov. 30 to complete a 50,000 word novel. There’s no prize money involved – only the pleasure of knowing that you attempted and completed such a huge feat. According to the official site, out of the 101,510 participants in 2007, only 15,333 completed the challenge.

If there’s one thing I’ve never been able to do, it’s complete a novel. I pride myself on being able to start a project and finish it. Novels are a whole different ballgame. I’m hoping to hit the 50,000 word mark, but I’d even be happy with getting past 10 pages. I’m making this up as I go, as you’re supposed to do, with a title and some sort of recurring theme (it’s semi-autobiographical) in place. The rest is a mystery. We’ll see how it goes.

NaBloPoMo, on the other hand, is a 30-day challenge in blog posting. Unlike it’s more long-winded cousin, there are prizes and so on involved, but I think the real reward is taking the time to sit down every day and finding something to say about what’s going on in the world. It will definitely be a good kick in the ass for those of us who want to blog more.

Best of luck to all who are participating in either or both of the challenges. Let’s get writing!

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PodCamp Pittsburgh was not only a public forum meant to talk about social media, but also create it.

While we were off learning in the Sunday morning sessions, Chris Brogan led the charge to create a community-oriented blog that would showcase the best of Pittsburgh from the perspective of its most ardent supporters – its residents. Enter OMGPittsburgh.com.

It’s still in the infancy stage with the lack of a unique header (it’s coming) and just a smattering of posts, but what I can tell you is that already, its authors are sharing community news and their views on what they believe makes this city so great. I even took a moment to briefly recount my little journey here and why I’ve come to adopt Pittsburgh as my home.

The great thing is that whoever wants to have a voice can sign up for an account and post away. I’m not sure how many are signed up currently, but I think it is the hope of the blog’s organizing team that there will be at least 100 contributing authors.

Wow. Think about all of the different viewpoints and stories that could be shared by 100 people. This is something that Pittsburgh needs – an active voice beyond the tourism bureau and tucked away forums. Pittsburgh still struggles, in a way, to position itself to those outside of the city as a place that is growing and thriving. We know it, but not everyone else does. Therefore, it’s up to us with this initial grassroots effort to get out the word and make a case for our city.

Pittsburgh was thrust in the national spotlight recently over the whole Ashley Todd debacle. People, upon hearing the initial story, might have been quick to judge our city as violent and unsafe, but sites like Shopping Bloomfield (the neighborhood where the “attack” happened) and OMGPittsburgh (among others) will tell you differently. Take a look and give us a shot.

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