Desperate Need for Local Blog Infrastructure
by Matt Stoller, Tue Jul 18, 2006 at 07:04:39 AM EDT
I'm at a conference of progressive organizers, people on the ground in various states working for change. It's an interesting crowd, real nuts and bolts people working on ballot initiatives, homelessness, progressive statewide change, and people in municipal elected office looking for support and ideas. There have been great discussions about race, sacred cows in the Democratic Party, donor structures, strategy, and leadership development.
One thing that's become clear is that there is a desperate need for local blogs right now. In five years, the power centers in a lot of states will revolve around alliances between local bloggers and progressive organizers and community organizers.
If you're looking to grow a new blog, it's important to recognize that there's a lot of power on the local level. Politics there is fascinating and important, and ultimately, that's where Federal power derives.
Equally important, if you have a local blog, it's incredibly important to develop relationships with the progressive political structure in your area. Only the synthesis can really create political power for progressives. This happens through Drinking Liberally chapters in some areas, in other areas there's a disconnect, and in still other areas progressives are taking control of the party and the alliances with the blogs emerge naturally.
I'd like to ask a question to local bloggers - what kind of infrastructure would be helpful to improve your work? And what kind of infrastructure would be helpful for forging connections with the progressive political establishment in your area? What are the obstacles?
And for local progressive organizers/candidates/etc, do you find it easy to have a conversation with local blogs? If so, what kind of organizational structures would help facilitate that?
Update: Leftyblogs is terrific resource for a blog directory.