A Look At Perfect Duluth Day
This blog is about Perfect Duluth Day, a community web log dedicated to local stories and events taking place in Duluth. It is community run blog, with all the entries coming from members of the site.
by: Ean Koerner
Perfect Duluth Day is a blog concerned with all things Duluth. It allows members to advertise upcoming events, write articles about the community, and upload videos and pictures. It allows people in the community to publish what they feel is newsworthy. There is no gatekeeping on this site. Aside from a limited amount of censorship, any "halfwit" with moderate computer skills can post whatever they fancy. It doesn't even have to be true! Well, as long as it's funny.
Perfect Duluth Day was co-founded in 2003 by Barrett Chase and Scott Lunt. The original idea was to host, "a blog for the community, by the community." Chase, who had worked as a copy editor at Ripsaw News, a publication dedicated to covering news and entertainment in the Twin Ports, got the idea from surfing the net. He took the framework for the Ripsaw, and with Lunt, created an online version of the paper. Financially, it made perfect sense. The Ripsaw had fallen on some tough times in 2003, as now have many print publications, and the jump to online publication cut overhead to a minimum. The site boomed in its first weeks, gaining upwards of 450 members in the community.
The site recently underwent some changes, including the rotating banner its become known for. Unfortunately, the rebuild caused the site to lose some members, but many of the faithful returned when the site relaunched in January of 2009.
Musicians, artists, merchants, and jokers frequent the site, continuously updating events and happenings in Duluth. The site receives several updates each day. There's always something new posted, which is exactly what it's founders had in mind: community members sharing what they feel is important in their home town.