One of the ways that blogging complements traditional news is the way it can give you a real insight into the reality of people’s experience. Take this story of a farm being submerged by the deluge of the last couple of days, which I picked up while doing the rounds of our blogs.

It doesn’t take much effort to find multiple examples of eyewitness accounts. In light of the fallout around the “digital doorstepping” business around Virginia Tech, just republishing these accounts would be an error, but providing links to eyewitness accounts and experiences much be a vlaubale addition for readers for very little journalistic time.