Monday, December 24, 2007

Sports from a teen perspective

Storm Player

Sports from a teenager perspective in NW Indiana.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Brand new NW Indiana blogger

Aaron Simac over at OnHomeComfort is writing all about energy efficiency and home comfort for new and existing homes in Northwest Indiana. Head on over and give him some comments and questions.

On Home Comfort - Northwest Indiana

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Northwest Indiana Top 50

It may take me all weekend, during interuptions by parties and such, to get the whole list published here Over the last two weeks, Ive received updated links and lots of new sites. I think this is the best list of active bloggers in NW Indiana, but if you were left off, say something! I gave up on technorati or other methods of measuring .... none of us really gets enough traffic yet.

So, for now, it's going to be my opinion and that's about it. I'll keep updating all weekend with comments and better graphics. Check in a couple times


Synergy Thoughts My own Northwest Indiana home building and real estate blog
Life and Lawns New and improved, with a great debate with a Mormon over Mitt Romney
ChristopherHedges
Northwest Indiana Comical Politics
Region Review Willems Realtors Northwest Indiana Review. Authority level of 3 on Technorati.
Daltons Briefs on Active Rain Musings on Real Estate and Home Building in Northwest Indiana.
NWI Times Interact Most active message board that I've found. On probation, will probably be removed next week, there just isn't enough activity.
Northwest Indiana Online . Similar problem as NWI, too few people and an old format.
219.com Home of former Porter Township Trustee Bob Wichlinski, some terrific articles on Northwest Indiana issues.
Peaclver's Semi-Regular Blog - featuring posts about the Calumet Region. Joe Kaminski, Author of Peaclver's Semi Regular Blog and Author of "In the Company of Legends" on Booklocker.com
Rabbi Zalmanov's Blog Rabbi Eliezer Zalmanov is the director of Chabad of Northwest Indiana.
No Illiana Tollway News and Opinion about the proposed Illiana Expressway Toll Road from I-65 in Northwest Indiana to I-57 in Will County, Illinois.
Thomko Petro This particular blog evolved with promoting Thomko Petro Chemical. The author started blogging on the petrochemical and oil industry, the blog soon took on other subjects of interest, along with current events. Tough to comment though, I think you have to join squarespace just to comment
Home Staging Kim is an ASP Stager in Northwest Indiana, serving both Porter and Lake Counties. Increase the salability of your listings with my staging services. Visit my website for before and after photos!
Home Staging on Active Rain More from Kimberly Wester.
Daltons Briefs - written by me (Steve Dalton) and sometimes features real estate, or mortgages, or even politics.
On Deadline with Phil Potempa of NWI Times
Music with Mike Clark of NWI Times Basically Times writers aren't doing a very good job on their blogs
Prep SportsOpinions with Mark Keisling of NWI Times
VU with David Robb of NWI Times
Real Estate and Community Info Ronda Meyers-Waters
All about Chocolate
Porter County Politics Political stories and opinions with a decidedly conservative slant. Authority level 4 on Technorati. Recently endorsed John McCain for President, so most articles heavy that direction for now.
Central Baptist Church of Hobart Indiana
Northwest Indiana Region Review
http://www.cruizersworld.com/
dogparkdiary.blogspot.com
http://www.myfavorite80s.blogspot.com/
Chuck Dellorto on Active Rain
Suzanne Willems on Active Rain
Jeff and Grace Saffrin on Active Rain
Ronda Myers-Waters on Active Rain
Jana Caudill on Active Rain
The Valpo Core - VU blog on Fifth Hour activities
Kroencke Knew - IT and techy
Programming Czar - More IT
The Blue Light - Essay tips
Writing under the pressure of technology - The title says it all
Chapel of the Resurrection PodcastsBrauer Museum of Art Blog
Southshore Progressive
Life in Lake County
Lake County Comical Politics
Region Life - another NW Indiana blog by Christopher Hedges
Blue County Red State
Hammond Ramblings
Region Broad
NW Indiana Home Loan Guy
Young Fence News
http://visavis80.blogspot.com/
http://bryansviews.blogspot.com/
http://chrissettlemoir.blogspot.com/
http://sweetness34-jason.blogspot.com/

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Region 1.0 - I'm still looking for some 2.0

I guess that's my way of being cute and saying, it's time NW Indiana, or Chicago Southshore if you will, steps up and starts engaging in 2.0 type debate and interaction. No, the nwi message board is not the place! I think only 15 people with about 45 pseudonymns ever even get on that board these days. That was old news.

While the Times and Post are trying to figure out how to engage their readers, and still sell advertising.

I did come across some more active dialogue at Northwest Indiana Quality of Life Council blog, with some real debate for once. Site is a bit touchy since all the posts don't appear on the title page for some reason so you have to dig for articles and then comment once you find them.

Monday, December 3, 2007

NW Indiana Home Loan Guy

NW Indiana Home Loan Guy

I didn't see the article in the Post Tribune he refers to, so I'm glad for the heads up to add it to "good news" on Northwest Indiana Real Estate.

I'll be adding this site to the top (probably 50 by week's end) Northwest Indiana Bloggers list.

Keep finding NW Indiana bloggers

The challenge is finding active writers, with solid content and traffic, to spotlight and then list on our overall NW Indiana top bloggers list.

Last night's find: Young Fence News Brand new blog, featuring links and news on the fence business and steel accessories in general.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Northwest Indiana's Best Blogs - 48 Total


Update: Still adding and deleting, some new ones and some that just aren't active any longer. Dec 3rd. Up to 48 now.


The order of the list is still in flux, as I'm trying to use Technorati to rate and it isn't giving me what I hoped for. If your site is well down the site, it's mostly because I haven't written much about it yet. So send me some bio info so I can get the write-up completed.





  1. Synergy Thoughts My own Northwest Indiana home building and real estate blog, Authority level of 39 on Technorati.

  2. Life and Lawns Authority level 19 on Technorati

  3. ChristopherHedges Authority level of 15 on Technorati

  4. Northwest Indiana Comical Politics Authority level of 2 on Technorati.

  5. Region Review Willems Realtors Northwest Indiana Review. Authority level of 3 on Technorati.

  6. Daltons Briefs on Active Rain Musings on Real Estate and Home Building in Northwest Indiana. Listed as 11 reactions, no authority on Technorati.

  7. NWI Times Interact Most active message board that I've found. There are probably 100 active members, join the debate, lots of members but not enough that are involved in the action. As a message board format not ranked. Listed as 4 reactions and no authority on Technorati.

  8. Northwest Indiana Online . Listed as 1 reaction and no authority on Technorati.

  9. 219.com Home of former Porter Township Trustee Bob Wichlinski, some terrific articles on Northwest Indiana issues. Listed as 1 reaction and no authority on Technorati.
  10. Peaclver's Semi-Regular Blog - featuring posts about the Calumet Region. Joe Kaminski, Author of Peaclver's Semi Regular Blog and Author of "In the Company of Legends" on Booklocker.com One blog reaction on Technorati

  11. Rabbi Zalmanov's Blog Rabbi Eliezer Zalmanov is the director of Chabad of Northwest Indiana. Listed as one reaction and no authority of Technorati
  12. No Illiana Tollway News and Opinion about the proposed Illiana Expressway Toll Road from I-65 in Northwest Indiana to I-57 in Will County, Illinois. 16 reactions on Technorati.

  13. Thomko Petro This particular blog evolved with promoting Thomko Petro Chemical. The author started blogging on the petrochemical and oil industry, the blog soon took on other subjects of interest, along with current events. Authority level 10 on Technorati

  14. Home Staging Kim is an ASP Stager in Northwest Indiana, serving both Porter and Lake Counties. Increase the salability of your listings with my staging services. Visit my website for before and after photos! 6 reactions and an authority of 2 on Technorati.

  15. Home Staging on Active Rain More from Kimberly Wester. 3 blog reactions on Technorati.

  16. Daltons Briefs - written by me (Steve Dalton) and sometimes features real estate, or mortgages, or even politics. 12 blog reactions on Technorati.

  17. On Deadline with Phil Potempa of NWI Times Authority level 4 on Technorati

  18. Music with Mike Clark of NWI Times No reactions or authority

  19. Prep SportsOpinions with Mark Keisling of NWI Times Level 2 authority

  20. VU with David Robb of NWI Times

  21. Real Estate and Community Info Ronda Meyers-Waters

  22. All about Chocolate
  23. Porter County Politics Political stories and opinions with a decidedly conservative slant. Authority level 4 on Technorati.

  24. Central Baptist Church of Hobart Indiana

  25. Northwest Indiana Region Review

  26. http://www.cruizersworld.com/

  27. dogparkdiary.blogspot.com
  28. http://www.myfavorite80s.blogspot.com/ Authority level 9 on Technorati

  29. Chuck Dellorto on Active Rain

  30. Suzanne Willems on Active Rain

  31. Jeff and Grace Saffrin on Active Rain

  32. Ronda Myers-Waters on Active Rain

  33. Jana Caudill on Active Rain
  34. The Valpo Core - VU blog on Fifth Hour activities

  35. Kroencke Knew - IT and techy

  36. Programming Czar - More IT

  37. The Blue Light - Essay tips

  38. Writing under the pressure of technology - The title says it all

  39. Chapel of the Resurrection PodcastsBrauer Museum of Art Blog

  40. Southshore Progressive Authority level 6 on Technorati

  41. Life in Lake County

  42. Lake County Comical Politics 50 blog reactions on Technorati
  43. Region Life - another NW Indiana blog by Christopher Hedges
  44. Blue County Red State
  45. Hammond Ramblings
  46. Region Broad
  47. NW Indiana Home Loan Guy
  48. Young Fence News





I'll be happy to organize them differently, or use another ranking system if someone suggests so, if you are one of the authors, send me a brief description of the site so I can fill in some of the blanks.

As authors email me I am updating and moving them around.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Lake County Comical Politics

Another Northwest Indiana political blogger

Lake County Comical Politics

Life in Lake County

In my continuing search for regular blog writers in Northwest Indiana.

Life in Lake County

Southshore Progressives

I finally found another engaging political site here in Northwest Indiana.

Southshore Progressive

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Northwest Indiana Commercial Construction

Time for some self-promotion. This is our new company, based right here in Valparaiso Indiana, focusing on commercial real estate, construction management, and property management
Welcome to Green Pointe Development. We specialize in leasing, selling,
constructing, and managing commercial real estate right here in Northwest
Indiana
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Monday, November 12, 2007

Valpo Mayor Costas begins next Costas Plan

After finishing many of the goals of his first plan, Mayor Costas will now prepare the details of the next 4 year plan. He suggests though that he will be gaining input from new council members and community leaders prior to nailing down all the details.
clipped from www.nwi.com

Valpo mayor lays out plan for next 4 years

VALPARAISO | The downtown, the environment and sidewalks will be among the
issues the city focuses on for the next four years, Mayor Jon Costas
said.

During the next couple of months, Costas will be drafting the
agenda for his second term and circulating it to get input from the public and
other sources before finalizing it by the end of March, he said.
Becoming more eco-friendly is something the city started with the formation of
the Energy Task Force, the switch to biofuels, the growth of the recycling
program and increased tree planting, but Costas said residents want the city to
take a leadership role in promoting energy conservation and other "green"
initiatives.

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Monday, November 5, 2007

Why so few blogger in Northwest Indiana?

I have to believe that Northwest Indiana is just plain under-utilizing the blog phenomenon for business development.

Local business blogging beyond real estate
from TRANSPARENT REAL ESTATE (www.TransparentRE.com) by Pat Kitano

I have to agree with this post by Pat, but sadly even the real estate professionals in Northwest Indiana are few and far between.

Chuck Dellorto on Active Rain

Suzanne Willems on Active Rain

Jeff and Grace Saffrin on Active Rain

Ronda Myers-Waters on Active Rain

Jana Caudill on Active Rain

Trust me, it drops off pretty quick after these five Active Rain bloggers. I'm sure I've missed some Point 2 Agent sites, and perhaps a blogger.com site somewhere. Send me the link if so.

But I'll stand by my original suggestion that it's time the Northwest Indiana real estate professionals join the 2004 web 2.0 phenomenon, or fear being left far behind when web 3.0 hits next year!

Come on over and join the discussion on northwest indiana social networking sites too at Daltons Briefs.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Northwest Indiana Real Estate Podcast

clipped from www.talkrealty.com
Jana Caudill of Keller Williams Realty Leaders presents:



This month's edition covers Northwest Indiana real estate market activity and then we'll discuss the sub prime mortgage market, how it has affected buyers, and we reinforce the importance of getting pre-approved early in the buying process.

Features special guest Terri Murphy of US Learning.


Program length: approximately 06:00 minutes
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Wanted: some leadership in NW Indiana

Some great articles by Bob Wichlinski
clipped from www.219.com
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
Robert J. Wichlinski

- Bob Wichlinski
b@219.com


Articles:

Government Of, By and For the People - Essay #1
Retooling Tax Bills - Essay#2
Our Taxing Situation - Essay#3

Forthcoming...

A Plan for Local Government - Essay #4
Elected Offices and Officials - Essay #5



 

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Northwest Indiana Housing Conference

Missed the 2007 conference, but I'll be keeping my eye on them for next year. Even though Porter County doesn't have a large homeless problem, yet, we are headed that direction due to population increases.
clipped from www.nwihsc.net
3rd Annual Northwest Indiana Housing Summit Conference

Accommodations 
The official lodging company of the Northwest Indiana Housing Summit Conference is

To receive the Housing Summit Conference rate please use code: NWI

2007 Award Criteria Now Available (.pdf)
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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Some new finds this week

http://nwindianarealestate.blogspot.com/

http://peaclver.wordpress.com/tag/northwest-indiana/

If you author these blogs, send me a comment so I can add you to your Top 25 Northwest Indiana Blogs List, with a comment why you write and about what you write.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Who will you support in Portage?

James Snyder enters Portage mayor's race
clipped from www.nwitimes.com

Snyder enters Portage mayoral race

BY BRIAN WILLIAMS
bwilliams@nwitimes.com
219.548.4348
Sunday, July 1, 2007 12:12 AM CDT
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Sunday, June 17, 2007

How do you choose a Northwest Indiana Home Builder?

I posted in April: How do I choose a New Home Builder? First in a series.

Just today I continued the series with: How to choose a home builder - Part Two of a Series

Sure, I think that every new home buyer, should call us at Synergy Homes, of course I do, I'm biased. 219-464-8888. or conctact chris@synergyhomes.com directly.

But more importantly, since we'll only build 50-100 of the total 3,000 homes built in Northwest Indiana this year, make sure you as the consumer really ask the right questions.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Spotlight on Demotte

Capital Homes from Demotte features home building affordably for working families in Northwest Indiana. Demotte Indiana Home Builder.

DeMotte Chamber of Commerce - DeMotte, Indiana

POOL IS OPEN!! BUY YOUR POOL PASS TODAY! Home Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events Parks and Recreation Town of DeMotte Contact Us.
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DeMotte, Indiana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Town of DeMotte, Indiana. Location in the state of Indiana. Location in the state of Indiana. Coordinates: 41°11′53″N, 87°11′57″W ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Motte,_Indiana - 24k - Cached - Similar pages

Sandy Pines Golf Club - DeMotte, Indiana

"Northwest Indiana's best kept golf secret!" This is an oft-overheard comment when newcomers ... DeMotte, IN 46310. Home The Course The Proshop ...
www.sandypinesgc.com/ - 7k - Cached - Similar pages

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Everything about Gary Indiana

Gary, Indiana - Home of Thomko Petro Chemical 

City on the Rebound. . . .  GARY is the Hub of Northwest Indiana
GARY CITY FLAG.jpg
Gary is located just 35 minutes from Downtown Chicago, and is often called the suburb of Chicago.

lake michigan sunset.jpgThe City of Gary is located at the southern end of Lake Michigan and covers 50 + square miles, in an area called the Calumet region, or the Chicago suburbs in Indiana. The region includes five counties that neighbor Chicago, Illinois and Lake Michigan, including Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton and Jasper.  

lake michigan beaches.jpg

THE INDIANA DUNES - Recognized as a national treasure by U. S. Congress

indiana dunes gary indiana.jpg

indiana dunes northwest indiana.jpgThe Dunes offers forests, woodland hiking, and miles and miles of sandy beaches. Residents and visitors alike get an opportunity to learn about ecology and environmental science at the Paul H. Douglas Environmental Center, located at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

gary indiana city map.gif
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Apartments in Northwest Indiana

Three Bedroom Apartments in Northwest Indiana

By K. Ray CLOUT INDEX
Published May 15, 2007
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The flowers and landscaping at Williamsburg on the Lake in Valparaiso Indiana are absolutely breathtaking!
Credit: FreeStockPhoto.com
Copyright: FreeStockPhoto.com
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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Region Review

Willems Real Estate features a great northwest indiana site, Region Review, that has a map and blog posts on major areas to visit and ways to get there.

Northwest Indiana Region Review

Friday, May 25, 2007

Another Valparaiso Blog - Just found it

This one should have actually been posted yesterday, but I never got around to it.

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Dog Park Blog in Valparaiso

I'm still looking for great active blogs in Northwest Indiana. If you have a blog, send me the link.

Dog Park Diary

My Photo

For members, visitors, and friends of Canine Country Club

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