Can this be considered the dog wagging the tail 2.0? Wired is reporting that The Printed Blog is aiming to aggregate local blog posts and offer them as a free twice-daily paper(!) in select cities. The current plan is to launch the paper in on January 27 at various locations in Chicago and San Francisco, with New York to follow.
The hope is that the hyperlocal content will attract local advertisers who can spend less to reach out to their target audience. Ads are relatively cheap in comparison ($15-$25) and the paper has already lined up a number of Chicago-based businesses for its debut. It will also host classified ads.
Over at the Observer Matt Haber points out that technically this isn’t the first time blogs have made the reverse trip to print, though it’s the first time someone has tried to create a newspaper out of them. Want to see your moveable type in print, you can submit your stuff (including Twitter and Flickr) here.