I tend not to like the "content is king" argument from really big bloggers who have received nasty emails. I think there are other factors alive in widespread readership besides brilliant writing (most blog writing, after all is not beautiful--it is just informative and generally informal).
I am not big enough to have received angry mail about how I am supposed to link to someone. Maybe I will and then I will understand. But, for now, I think that big bloggers could find a more interesting way to think about "blog success," what it means now and what it may mean in the future.
Jerome said a great thing about the size of blogs at the blogger breakfast at DemFest. He said that you should never be upset at the traffic numbers of your blog because you never know who you are reaching. In addition, your blog may be specifically targeted and has no intention of drawing a wide audience. It seems like the other side of that is also true---luck happens. Great writing is not always the reason why blogs take off.
But do you think that we have as many potential natural Democratic conversions out there as the Republicans did then? What I mean by that is after Civil Rights, the South was primed to go Republican and much of that major shift happened in 1994. I don't see the same kind of structural shift pushing in the Democrats' favor this time around, so I think our potential for gains, while it appears to be there in current numbers, is much less than Newt's was then.
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