Colorado's web reach expanding

Dalton Walker Updated: December 6, 2013 at 5:19 pm • Published: December 5, 2013 | 2:30 pm 0

I'm the guy who writes the Colorado on the Web blog for gazette.com.

Most days you can read a snippet of a blog post in the Local & State section of the newspaper. This column, which starts today and will run each Thursday, is an extension of my blog that I hope will entice you to visit the website for more awesome reading.

Here is a little background. I was born and raised in northern Minnesota, so I know a thing or two about snow and below-zero temperatures. And yes, the current cold streak doesn't bother me as much as it does most of you. Take away those beautiful mountains, and it feels like I'm back home in tiny Ponemah, Minn. I also spent two winters in International Falls, Minn. Why? Who knows?

I've been in Colorado for a little more than two months, and I'm learning about this great state more and more each day. I was brought in to help manage The Gazette's website and its social media approach. I'm having a blast.

OK, back to my blog. Basically, I browse the Web looking for all things that mention Colorado. Most mentions are straight hard news by The Gazette or other news publications across the state. Sometimes I find a gem that works perfectly with Colorado on the Web.

A few examples:

- BuzzFeed, a popular website that focuses on viral content, recently asked our friends across the pond in Britain to label a blank map of the United States. They did, and the results were fantastic. BuzzFeed posted about a dozen maps, a few correctly identified Colorado, but most labeled us a nearby state, such as Kansas or Oklahoma. My favorite was a map that labeled Colorado "Squaresies." I still haven't figured out what Squaresies means, but it sure is creative.

- Another blog post was about Legos and Colorado. A photographer in Canada, who apparently loves Legos, used the popular children's toy to build a scene representing all 50 states. A female snowboarder in a pink hat and a cowboy on horseback are set to cruise down a snow-covered mountain. Does Lindsey Vonn snowboard?

Colorado's scene wasn't the best and was far from the worst. Kansas was fun. It takes a scene out of the "Wizard of Oz." Wyoming has a bear about to attack two people and a cowboy is being chased by an alien in New Mexico. Or perhaps, the bear was about to give the people a hug and the cowboy was running with the alien to grab a burrito.

I have plenty more blogs. One about a Colorado man who promises to shoot down the Amazon drone if it flies in his neighborhood. Another about a Mississippi cat that somehow made his way to Denver and a Colorado Springs restaurant named one of the "weirdest themed" places to eat in the world.

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Want more? Visit blogs.gazette.com/ontheweb. Email dalton.walker@gazette.com, follow on Twitter @GazetteDalton or on Facebook gazettedalton.walker.

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