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Five “Must Reads” That Hit Their Stride in ’05.

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It was a very good year for the blogosphere.

The blog rolls in the left margin are my suggestions as to which blogs you ought to be sampling on a regular basis. Among them are the familiar names of the center-right ‘sphere. There are also some relative newcomers that you really need to bookmark and visit often, blogs that soared in ’05, including Carol Platt Liebau Soxblog, The Anchoress, Austin Bay and TriGeekDreams.

Watching the Technorati “universe” expand makes me certain that ’06 will see another group of new and powerful voices emerge. This week Glenn Reynolds said this about the blogosphere on my radio show:

Everything will be different in another five years. The blogosphere is still open. New people rise in traffic and influence very, very rapidly. Old people whose audiences feel they’ve abandoned them fall quickly. And it’s a very fluid.

He’s right, of course, and with long-time journalists/columnists like Michael Barone, John Leo, and Jack Kelly showing the way, 2006 may well be the year in which MSM finally figures out it has to change its habits when it comes to productivity and transparency or be eclipsed in most areas of information delivery and analysis.

Now if we could only find a way to close down Fraters, Nihilist in Golf Pants, and Infinite Monkeys. Lileks once referred to some local LA hammer head radio hosts as my own “Yancey Street Gang,” but these three blogs deserve that title. They are the kudzu of the internet, and you should never read them.

Happy New Year.


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