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Surfing the blogosphere is like searching for new planets. In the beginning you start one with one blog, i.e. your "earth", before building a list of sites that you regularly read (you can think of this as your personal blogging solar system). If you delve beyond the confines of your Google Reader, however, you will discover that there are countless people busily blogging on a wide range of subjects. From poetry to hockey to cooking to technology to fashion to urban development to politics to babies, the blogosphere is truly enormous.
The sheer volume of blogs in the ether is mind boggling, and it is unrealistic for one site to track all of the world's bloggers. So I decided to do something much more modest, namely, document the blogging community in Ottawa where I live. Although Ottawa is a medium-sized city, the number of blogs here is truly remarkable. My educated guess is that there are thousands, if not tens of thousands, of blogs swirling in Canada's national capital region.
So where do you start? With the vast number of blogs it can be overwhelming to know what sites to visit and which ones to skip. This is where The Ottawa Blogging Library comes in. The goal of this site is to build a blogroll of as many blogs in the National Capital Region as possible, and then write about them in different posts so readers can have a sense of what area bloggers are saying. I hope to accomplish these objectives in two main ways. First, by linking to my weekly bloggers column that I pen for Apartment 613, and second, by highlighting local bloggers in additional posts that are specifically written for this blog. I hope that you enjoy this experiment in mapping out the Ottawa blogosphere.