Three new local blogs to check out

FUSSYlittleBLOGThe Capital Region already had a bunch of interesting people who blog, but we wanted to point out a trio of new local blogs that we've been enjoying.


We have a feeling that Daniel B, the Archduke of Albany Yelp reviews, didn't just want to start a blog -- we're guessing he had to. You can't expect a guy with that many opinions to keep them all to himself. And thankfully so! Daniel's fussy (we'd say sophisticated) takes on food, drinks and cooking have been really fun and interesting to read.

Matt Baumgartner

It's no surprise that Matt has interesting things to say -- you would kind of expect that from the guy who started Bombers and Wolff's. But he also has that certain something that takes a personal blog to another level -- mainly, the lack of a filter (example: Heather Armstrong has become a one-woman media empire based on her willingness to share too much information about herself). He's written with a refreshing honesty about topics such as the Schenectady Bombers opening ("pretty much a disaster"), college ("don't go"), and same-sex marriage ("it doesn't seem right that I should even have to ask permission for the right to marry someone I love").


Dawn explains the inspiration for Small-bany this way:

Before the birth of my second child, I remember my doctor telling me that his wife had one simple rule: Get out of the house at least once a day. She had four children under the age of eight, and this is what she did to keep herself sane. With two kids (age 4 and 2) I have a hard enough time keeping myself together, with four I can't imagine it, but that rule has stuck with me and is what has inspired this blog.

Hey, we're all for people getting out of the house to do interesting stuff. And Dawn seems like the kind of smart, funny, cool mom you'd like to hang out with at the playground. It's been fun to read about stuff like playground reviews, iguana sightings and her nerd crush on The Might Be Giants.

In fact, Dawn seemed so cool that we asked her to start contributing to AOA.


I've recently added Matt Baumgartner to my everyday blogroll. Good stuff. 'Specially his recent bit on the anti-gay marriage crowd.

Not sure if you guys have her on your list, but I found Naomi Seldin's interesting. It has given me some ideas regarding the things I need to do with the apartment, and all sorts of stuff.

I just found it today, so you be the judge.


I'm a big fan of both Dan's and Matt's blogs.

Dan goes right to the geeky heart of food darkness and explores *why* some things are right and some are wrong about food. Be warned about crossing him, though. He has been known to bring a claymore to a gun fight.

Matt'll just share your bad behavior with the world, eh Boot Breaker?

I am glad you are enjoying the FLB.

You totally nailed it. I am finding that the blog just writes itself. I sit down to write a post, and I end up with five.

Now we just have to hope that the Old Chatham Sheepherding Company does not take my application for cheese maker too seriously. That could put a wrinkle in the grand plans for the blog.

Looking forward to tonight. Cheers.

@Kari: Yes! We've been fans of Naomi's blog (and Naomi herself) for awhile.

Oh how wonderful! I love finding local blogs, it's such a weird and cool feeling!

I think you forgot about poor, old Mr. Dave(of Mr. Daves Pantry)! I'm back writing on if anyone is interested.

Love Dawn's blog and AOA contributions so far. Will have to check out the other two you mentioned.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.


Recently on All Over Albany

Thank you!

When we started AOA a decade ago we had no idea what was going to happen. And it turned out better than we could have... (more)

Let's stay in touch

This all feels like the last day of camp or something. And we're going to miss you all so much. But we'd like to stay... (more)

A few things I think about this place

Working on AOA over the past decade has been a life-changing experience for me and it's shaped the way I think about so many things.... (more)

Albany tightened its rules for shoveling snowy sidewalks last winter -- so how'd that work out?

If winter ever gets its act together and drops more snow on us, there will be sidewalks to shovel. And shortly after that, Albany will... (more)

Tea with Jack McEneny

Last week we were fortunate enough to spend a few minutes with Jack McEneny -- former state Assemblyman, unofficial Albany historian, and genuinely nice guy.... (more)

Recent Comments

My three year old son absolutely loving riding the train around Huck Finn's (Hoffman's) Playland this summer.

Thank you!

...has 27 comments, most recently from Ashley

Let's stay in touch

...has 4 comments, most recently from mg

A look inside 2 Judson Street

...has 3 comments, most recently from Diane (Agans) Boyle

Everything changes: Alicia Lea

...has 2 comments, most recently from Chaz Boyark

A few things I think about this place

...has 13 comments, most recently from Katherine