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    March 11, 2008

    Making the gay blog Top 13

    Posted by: Chris

    Top 13? Well yeah that's the way it worked out in an article in Edge San Francisco, one of the chain of LGBT news sites across the U.S. The article took a look at the range of gay blogs out there with this lil' tease:

    For the recent law school graduate concerned with the social advancement of queers everywhere there’s "Citizen Crain" or for those who consider Perez Hilton a role model, there’s Trent’s "Pink" blog. Whatever it is you may be searching for, these 10 blogs are likely to have it!

    Yes it says 10 blogs, but I counted 13. Regardless, here's the blurb about this here blog:

    Started by a former Harvard-educated lawyer, who takes on politics and government, this guy does not write much in the way of pop culture and currently has a heavy focus on what makes the current presidential candidates viable options - or not - for LGBTQ causes. With a bit of spin in his blogging, backed by a journalistic feel and quotes to boot, the blog can feel a bit heavy. In the end, spin or not, this Southern, Christian, right-wing boy-turned-gay journalist/lawyer makes you think, which is always good.

    A bit heavy but makes you think. Fair enough. Those who know me know the (much) lighter side; I've just always had a bit of a struggle finding my "lighter" voice on here. Any suggestions? Is it a good idea to even try?

    I cringed a bit at the header that calls the blog "Citizen Chris." In case you've ever wondered, the Citizen Chris - Citizen Crain misfit is the fault of no one but good ole Citizen Me.

    When I launched "Citizen Crain" in a big hurry during the Mark Foley scandal in October 2006 as a Yahoo-based blog, I was overconfident about my ability to master SixApart's Movable Type software. A few weeks later, with an ugly blog and a lot of frustrating late night design attempts, I ditched in favor of SixApart's much much (much much) easier TypePad.

    But Yahoo was stingy about giving up CitizenCrain.com, so I went with an alternative URL using CitizenChris. Eventually I wrangled CitizenCrain.com away from Yahoo and pointed it at the CitizenChris TypePad URL, but the latter has been out there so long that I'm pretty much stuck with this lasting badge of early blogging shame.

    And that, I'm sure, is more than you ever wanted to know about that. Be sure to check out Michael Wood's blog reviews in Edge. I was also pleased to see the fine gents at Malcontent were included, along with obvious entries like Queerty and Andy's irrepressible Towleroad.



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    1. Geena the Transgirl on Mar 11, 2008 2:14:12 PM:

      You write on the substative issues, as seen with today's Iranian entry. It would be nice if more folks commented on your blog.

    1. Matt on Mar 11, 2008 5:37:59 PM:

      Oh my God, we SO don't deserve awards these days.

    1. Out of Eygpt on Mar 11, 2008 10:03:05 PM:

      A bit heavy but makes you think. Fair enough. Those who know me know the (much) lighter side; I've just always had a bit of a struggle finding my "lighter" voice on here. Any suggestions? Is it a good idea to even try?

      I have made this suggestion before and you even promised to do so just before leaving Argentina, that is bring it down to a heart level. Talk about yourself, your life now and before in the States. Those are the most interesting posts for me, being almost completely apolitical----I don't trust them is all.
      Your Alma Mater Post was awesome, I vote for more about YOU!! You haven't even told us where you are living now. YOu were robbed recently but in what city? How is it living in a place where you have to fear being mugged/robbed?

    1. TimInChicago on Mar 11, 2008 11:13:42 PM:

      a bit heavy? lol not so sure about that, i think you write about what interests you, and it happens to be more often than not what interests me as well. outside of politics i often find myself to be an outcast in many gay circles. i don't own a tv, rarely see a movie, go fishing and volunteer for obama - ah, i'll never fit in. my advice, be yourself, even in public , even when writing, if you have a lighter side as you call it, show it, show all of you, don't hesitate - authenticity always works, for me it's why obama works - it's not about hope, it's his sincerity and authenticity. i find it very moving when you write about immigration with such detail, always referencing how it effects you personally. it's all we really have to offer in the end - ourselves.

    1. Chris on Mar 11, 2008 11:33:31 PM:

      I hear you Tim, but for me it's about carving out my privacy. I'm a regular guy in a lot of ways, 4 times a week to the gym, American Idol/Real World-addict, never miss Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives or Grey's Anatomy, love the movies, love dance music and clubbing now and then, all that good stuff. Just can't imagine why anybody else would wanna hear about it!

    1. Bodyc on Apr 23, 2009 12:27:56 AM:

      Greatings, I have already seen it somethere... Bodyc

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