Politics The End of the Flat Blogosphere?
posted by July 9 at 11:06 AMon
It’s dry, policy-paper-style analysis, but if you’re a bloggy type it’s worth a read because it explores all the hot blog topics of the moment—financial sustainability, blog hierarchy, the decline of the single-blogger model, the 24/7 imperative, and the increasing barriers to “top tier” entry.
If you can’t follow this excerpt, don’t worry. Unless you run a liberal blog. In that case, maybe you should worry.
…By late 2005, the end result of this transformation was a collection of four or five dozen well-established national websites that no new progressive blog following the old, independent, single content producer could ever hope to either equal or surpass. In fact, as of July 6, 2007, of the 50 progressive, political blogs with the most traffic, every single one of them was founded before November 2005, and over 90% were founded in 2004 or earlier (see note two at the end of this piece for more on this). It has been over one and a half years since a new blog has broken into the “short head” of the national progressive blogosphere, whereas not long ago new members of the “short head” used to be fairly common… A caste system is solidifying and a new establishment is crystallizing.