Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Blogging politicos

I came across this tonight and I checked out Rep. Tancredo's blog. Not a dazzling or manically updated blog, but I applaud Tancredo's cajones, particularly for allowing freewheeling commentary from yutzes in the blogosphere.

Of the handful of congressional "blogs," most lack the capability for readers to post comments at will, making them at best a one-way online diary—though the press-release quality of much of the writing leaves much to be desired.

Why don’t more politicians blog?

Only a few Members of Congress have features that they call blogs on their actual congressional websites, among them Senator Jim Talent (R-MO), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL). But, most of these aren’t true blogs. Inherent in a blog is the ability to post comments and have online discussions. A few Members regularly post, but only one— Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO)—has embraced the open, unfiltered nature of blogging with ongoing unadulterated threads. A few other members have blogs – or more specifically remnants of blogs, but they have only been updated once or twice, clearly a project that didn’t catch on.

This reminds me of a discussion I had with a fellow conservative colleague about the merits and demerits of having a blog on the website of our place of employment which had a comment field which didn't require administrator approval but was free for any old yutz to use as a soap box within the linked commentary segment.

My contention was that while a blog needn't have a comment option in order to be a blog, the culture of the blogosphere, regardless of ideology, frowns on fear of oppositional commentary and smiles on interaction and sharp conflict between blog authors/editors and their feisty readership.

Besides, with the overabundance of blogs and the unlikelihood of rising to the cream of the crop in terms of web traffic, it's my belief that everything finds its own level and the potential conflict from blog item comments are minimal.

Plain and simple: if your blog item is 100 percent factually accurate and your opinion is not extreme or patently offensive/violence inciting, you're really not going to rock any boats to the point of capsizing.

Besides, I'm hoping that someday in the future there will be a market for professional political ghostbloggers for politicians and the like so that I can shamelessly make a living off of my hobby.

Oh well, a conservative rebel can dream, at least.