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.