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The Power of the Blog

 

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When it comes to his own views, Maynard is outspoken and left-leaning, describing himself as a liberal after the fashion of FDR. However, he says he's "not the liberal version of Ann Coulter. I try to be fair at least." In a clever reversal, when a commenter repeatedly made anti-gay remarks on a post Maynard wrote about Ozone House, the teen shelter and support center, Maynard responded by calling for his readers to make donations to Ozone House in the commenter's name. More than $1,000 was raised.

Politics isn't the blog's sole focus. Maynard also devotes plenty of time to covering Ypsi's entrepreneurs and innovators. He expresses frustration with his own efforts to join their ranks, noting that he's "tried and failed" to start both a community newspaper and a bicycle-powered outdoor movie series. "I get mad at myself for wasting all my time on the blog, because I think I have really good ideas that I could pursue if I focused," he says. "Maybe blogging is what I need to do to keep from doing that, so I don't ever have to actually risk anything." What would he be risking? "Just failure," he says.

But Maynard says that having a blog lets him participate in his community. "I think I'd always wanted to have a positive impact on where I lived," he says. "And in Ypsi I can do that.

"I don't want to say the community needs me," he adds. "I think the community needs everybody."    (end of article)

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