The Problem With The Blogosphere

James Fallows:

The discussion shows that are supposed to enhance public understanding may actually reduce it, by hammering home the message that issues don't matter except as items for politicians to fight over. Some politicians in Washington may indeed view all issues as mere tools to use against their opponents. But far from offsetting this view of public life, the [blogosphere] often encourages it. As [the blogs] have become more popular in the past decade, they have had a trickle-down effect in cities across the country. In Seattle, in Los Angeles, in Boston, in Atlanta, [bloggers] gain notice and influence by appearing regularly on . . .shows--and during those appearances they mainly talk about the game of politics.

Ok. This is not about the blogs. This is Fallows writing about the Media, circa 1996. But it describes the state of the blogosphere today. More.

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Supporting the Blogosphere, Part 3 - Organizational Models

This weekend, I've written a series of posts about supporting the progressive blogosphere.  Part 1 focused on goods and services for bloggers, and what a blogosphere support organization's role might be in providing them.  Part 2 focused on revenue for bloggers, and how a blogosphere support organization could help bloggers make money.

In this final post, I will discuss organizational models for supporting the blogosphere: both existing models, and hypothetical models.

My hope is to encourage bloggers and progressive entrepreneurs to work together to create new blogosphere support organizations.  As I think the first two posts in the series made clear, there are innumerable tasks to undertake in supporting the progressive blogosphere.  There's far too much for any one organization to do by itself.  Even if that were possible, we're all ultimately better off with a mix of organizations, each trying out different methods, and hopefully many of them succeeding.

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Supporting the Blogosphere, Part 2 - Revenue for Bloggers

This weekend, I'm writing a series on Supporting the Blogosphere.  The idea is to discuss, in some detail, what needs to be done to support bloggers, and how it can be done.  This idea was spurred, in part, by Mike Lux's piece on connecting donors and bloggers on Open Left, which theorized that bloggers need more supportive organizations in order to have a shot at collecting money from donors.

Part 1 of the series focused on services for bloggers - goods, services, know-how, resources, and other things which support bloggers.  Part 3 of the series will focus on a variety of organizational models which can be used to deliver blogosphere support.

This post will focus on revenue for bloggers: how bloggers can make money through their blogs, and how a blogosphere support organization could assist them in doing so.  I've written about making blogging profitable before, and there will be some overlap with that previous post - but today, I'll focus more sharply on how blogosphere support organizations can help bloggers in pursuing these profit opportunities.

I'm flying dark a little bit in this post - I've never used my blogging for revenue, so there could be parts of this post that are in error.  If you're a blogger with a bit more experience in any of these matters, correct me below, and I'll update accordingly.  Certainly, feel free to suggest other revenue opportunities I may have missed!

Update: Below, Lucas O'Connor reminds me of shwag - shirts, coffee mugs, and other stuff bearing a blog's logo. I'd love to hear from anyone with thoughts on how to help bloggers sell shwag in order to raise more revenue.

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Supporting the Blogosphere, Part 1 - Services for Bloggers

This week, there's been a raging conversation on kid oakland's Blogs United group about what can be done to support progressive bloggers.  The conversation was begun when I posted a quick email about Mike Lux's post about connecting bloggers and donors on OpenLeft; I think the conversation snowballed from there, partly because of Blogpac's infrastructure contest, and partly because of the excitement around YearlyKos.

In any case, this weekend I'd like to bring this conversation to a wider forum, and explore it in a bit more detail.  Over the course of three posts, I'll discuss the kinds of things that can be done to support the blogosphere.  This post will discuss the kinds of services and benefits that can be provided to progressive bloggers; the next post will discuss the services which bloggers can provide to third parties, in order to make money; and the last post will discuss the various types of organizational structures which can be used to deliver benefits and/or help bloggers sell their services.

Along the way, I'd certainly appreciate your thoughts; and if there are any bloggers in the house, I'd like to hear how realistic all of this is, and what can be done to make it happen.

Without further ado, I bring you Part 1: Services for Bloggers

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Whither Taegan Goddard?

So, has anyone else noticed that MYDD is no longer showing as a link from politicalwire.com?

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