Recently I have been hearing about two recently launched websites designed to help folks find blogs by geographic location. PlaceBlogger is a fairly straight-forward directory that has some aggregated content on the main page. Outside.in is much more powerful — it aggregates blog posts and allows you to view all the posts for a given neighborhood or zip code and navigate the results by category or search. While the designs of both sites could be much more elegant, they complement the many already existing informal local blog directories that have popped up in most cities. (Such as DCBlogs) In addition, at the blogger summit held last night the Washington Post revealed a local blog directory they are in the early stages of developing for this region that looks promising. These intermediary tools are essential if blogs are to reach beyond a small self-selecting community of readers and function as journalism in a serious way.