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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Blog Cabin at Minn Post

Minn Post has a new writer, Justin Piehowski, who has decided to start reviewing blogs. It sounds like he is going to try to avoid "harsh political blogs".

Harsh political blogs: Left or right, if you're more interested in bashing those you disagree with than producing thoughtful, original content, I am not interested.

I stopped by and left a comment:

A couple questions:

1. What is your definition of "harsh political blog?"

2. Why not just talk about "harsh blogs", rather than use the "political" descriptor? There are plenty of blogs on non-political topics that bash those that disagree with the blogger.

Your dismissal of political blogs bothers me. It suggests that politics is a dirty and dishonorable profession. There are many honorable people in politics who are interested in good public policy. Sports blogs, movie blogs, celebrity blogs, science blogs etc can all include posts that are scathing about their various targets. In the science blogosphere, read Orac on the "anti-vaccinationists" and PZ Myers about creationists.

If what you mean by a "nice blog" is a blog that avoids taking a strong stand on anything, then that sounds a bit boring to me. The more interesting blogs to me are the ones who write well reasoned opinions.

Justin adds more detail in the comments:

Next, I feel I owe it to readers to open some kind of conversation about best practices in blogging. Lots of people do it for lots of different reasons. I'd like to help the public decide what works and what doesn't.

Finally, I want to acknowledge those who are trying blogging simply because they can. Not because there's a huge money behind it or their boss mandates it, but because they feel they have something to share with the world. Blogs allow that like no other medium in history.

People talk all the time about 'people-powered media' and the 'democratization' of journalism. But, what does that mean? I don't know which experiments will survive and what won't, but it'll be fun to watch, won't it?

I wonder why Justin thinks he can be an expert on best practices in blogging. I do think it's nice that he will focus on the true citizen journalists, rather than the paid media bloggers who have their media outlet to promote them.

It is par for the course that Mitch Berg starts mitching:

"Harsh political blogs: Left or right, if you're more interested in bashing those you disagree with than producing thoughtful, original content, I am not interested."

But as the Strib's misbegotten "Blog House" has showed us, one person's thoughtful original content is the other person's "bashing" - and that decision usually depends entirely on agreeing about politics.

Should I expect much better here?
(#6) On December 9, 2008, Justin Piehowski says:
Hey Mitch,
Love the Blog House. I don't intend to be all focused on politics, in fact, I don't seeing it being a huge part of the column.

But, if there's substance to it, we may get into it.


I hope blog cabin covers a variety of issues in Minnesota - and includes coverage of politics.

Ollie Ox writes a scathing review of Blog Cabin.


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