Have you ever checked out The Patch ? It's a community based website (check the link to see if there's on near you!) where you can keep up with and voice your opinions on local politics, events, and happenings. You can also view photos and videos of your community, actively participate in community discussions, connect with local organizations in need of volunteers (or broadcast your charitable event to FIND volunteers), and locate local businesses that may support your needs.
On your local Patch, you can also view blogs written by a handful of community members who can give you a taste of what life is like in the community.
I'm THRILLED and HONORED to have been chosen as a 'local voice' for my community! My first official blog post went up today (though, because you're all so awesome, you got to preview it yesterday ;) ) with many more to come in the future. If you'd like to check out my blog, click my link in the sidebar, or the one below. And feel free to comment, even if my Patch community isn't YOUR Patch. For you bloggers out there, check to see if there's a Patch in your community where you can make your voice heard, too!