by Jerome Armstrong, Mon Jun 18, 2007 at 09:51:10 AM EDT
I love these late spring weekends, it's been so different this year compared with last year, when I was ramping up campaigns and Warner while doing the book tour. Just hanging out with the kids, now 7 & 2, on the trampoline and in the backyard. I tend to turn down pretty much all travel nowadays, just to hang out on the weekends. But it's Monday, back to work.
An eventful few days around here, huh? I want to again thank both Chris and Matt for the leadership and guidance they've shown on this site over the past three years, and I view their new venture as a further partnership. The progressive blogosphere is a movement, one that now comprises about 8-10 million readers. The rightwingers can dream all they want about the netroots having peaked-- it's still just beginning.
Speaking of movements. I want to follow-up with more about the movement and Obama post that I made last week. I would point toward Paul Rosenberg, who fleshed out a number of the issues in his comments on the "Obama: What a Movement Looks Like" post on DailyKos, as a good point for further discussion. I'll be at the TBA confo all day tomorrow, and hope to get some blogging done there during the candidates speeches.
About the future of MyDD.
First, I want to welcome Todd Beeton on as a regular contributor. Todd has been a blogger over on RightsField and on Calitics, and has been directing content and blogging for the Courage Campaign. He has been enaged with the blogosphere since becoming a Clark netroots supporter in '03, is a professional writer currently, and is soon going to be jumping in full-fledged on MyDD.
I would get back in the swing as a full-time blogger, but my life is just not as uncomplicated with other responsibilities as the '01-02 years when I was blogging here 3-6 posts a day, or during the mid-04 to mid-05 years when Chris and I were quite a election-focused tandem. I think my blogging will be ramping up here more, especially since I am not planning on doing another '08 campaign, but not full-time.
What I would like to do is see this blog jump into the middle of the '08 fray in a real participatory way. Here's what I have in mind (and I'd like some feedback):
I do not mind the site becoming more crowded with candidate-partisans that are 100% behind a certain candidate. I think back to '02 to early '03, before I shut down the blog to go work on Dean's campaign. Back then, first myself, then with Matt Gross as the main bloggers of the site, it was a pro-Dean blog and anti any of the others. Call it partisan hackery if you must, but feeling the urge to back a candidate 100% is where political junkies earn their stripes of activism. So, I'd like to channel some of that energy into the frontpage of the blog for the remainder of the nomination. I'm working on fleshing out an idea that I'll put up here as a draft, in the extended entry.
It all revolves around the race for the Democratic nomination. What I have in mind is topics and candidates, covered by writers. Each week, we'll pick a topic, it could be an issue, or it could be some nuts and bolts feature of a campaign operation, or it could be a particular state. I'm wide open as far as the topics go. The commenters and frontpage regulars will make the choices.
As for the writers, what I would like to see is the community of each candidate nominate who they would like to see blogging on the frontpage of MyDD. There are a number of terrific bloggers making comments and diaries for their candidates, now they will get frontpaged. And as for the candidates, we know who the top three are, then there's Richardson, and the other 4 long shots.
So, for example, next week, the topic is _ (Iowa, the campaigns Rapid Response effectiveness, their You Tube videos...) and on Monday, two Clinton bloggers get to make their case of Hillary's prominence on the topic; on Tuesday, Obama supporters take a turn; Wed is for Edwards people; Thursday for Richarson's. On Friday, since we really don't have many diaries being written about the other four candidates, we'll call it 'darkhorse Friday' and I'll promote any outstanding diaries about the other candidates on the topic to the frontpage.
These are not going to be candidate spokespersons, but MyDD bloggers that will have frontpage posting ability for the specific days chosen for each candidate they represent. We'll get beyond the issue of just looking at the latest polls, and dive into topics that are not covered by the mainstream news, but are topics that political junkies like us know intensely.
I'd like some feedback on this, the feasibility and mechanics, and then will follow-up more later.