BLOG NEWS….Some miscellaneous news about the blogosphere:
The San Francisco Chronicle had a nice feature today about Daily Kos. Quote: “The blogosphere is going to play a huge role in this election,” Moulitsas said. “A lot of bloggers say we’re not that important. I say we’re that important.” He might be right.
Congrats to Josh Marshall for being named Blogger of the Year by The Week magazine. He has a nice story about meeting legendary historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. at the awards ceremony, and although he jokes about the difficulty he had describing what a blog is, it’s a real problem. What’s the best way to describe a blog to someone who doesn’t even understand the web all that well? This won’t matter in a couple of years, but it’s an annoyance today.
Kevin Hayden has started up yet another group blog, this one called The American Street. It’s got lots of good contributors, so check it out.
And here’s a final bit of blog navel gazing and California triumphalism that occurred to me today: if you take a look at the TTLB ecosystem, 6 of the top 11 blogs are from California. If Kaus were in there it would be 7 of the top 12. Not bad for a state with 10% of the nation’s population, eh?
(And it makes it even more embarrassing that the reason I originally named this blog Calpundit was because I had read only five or six blogs at the time and they were all from the east of the Mississippi. I figured being from California was a real differentiator! What makes it even worse is that Kaus was one of the six, but I didn’t realize he lived in Los Angeles. Live and learn.)