I’m not very suprised by the latest blog meme to start emerging: locality blog aggregating. In fact, it’s something we here at Hammer of Truth will be adding in the upcoming site overhaul. Politics and Technology, a lefty blog Political Wire]:that’s gathering steam [via
Over at Roll Call, they’ve got a great piece about the coming role of state and local blogs in the political world.
But if 2004 belonged to the national political blogs, 2006 might well be the cycle of the local political blog. These blogs specialize in state or local political coverage, and while these smaller, non-national political blogs may not have the resources – financial or otherwise – of the well-known titans of the blogosphere, many are starting to gain a following, not to mention the respect of state and local media outlets and politicians.
Last weekend, the Reno Gazette-Journal took notice of the rise of Nevada political blogs, including the Las Vegas Gleaner – a blog that “has quickly become a must-read in political circles.”
Though readership is tiny for local political blogs, the Nevada Democrats’ spokeswoman Kirsten Searer makes the critical point:
The beauty of bloggers is they have an audience of the right people. If they break news, then insiders in politics and mainstream media are likely to pick it up.
I think it has more to do with people wanting to know what’s going on from the national level down to their own neighborhood, so there’s an obvious need to build the infrastructure to be able to do this on a repeat basis across every state and locality (while getting people to participate).
Call it Politics 2.0