On The Building Up Of Good Blogs
From lefty blog Welcome To Shakesville, bemoaning the big lefty blogs’ lack of enthusiasm when it comes to promoting little lefty blogs:
This is what the right-wing blogs do all the time. Do you think Jihad Watch and LaShawn Barber’s Corner and BLACKFIVE and Mudville Gazette and Wizbang got to be in the top 25 at TTLB only (or even mostly) because of their writing or their core fan base? Not at all! They zoomed to the top because bloggers like Michelle Malkin, Powerline, and Hugh Hewitt talked them up, linked to them, befriended them. It does not make me happy to know that people whose worldview is so narrow, intolerant, exclusive, and hateful are so much better at supporting their ideological soulmates than we on the left, whose values run to diversity, inclusiveness, a place at the table for everyone, human needs before defense contractors’ wish lists.
I’m glad to send readers your way Shakesville, and hope all my center-right blog pals do as well. (But you should include hot links to blogs you mention –which I have pasted in– to allow your readers to judge for themselves.) I will leave it to Dean, senior diagnostician of the lefty blogosphere’s ills, to assess your analysis, but I do think that the center-right blogs are always eager to build up their center-right colleagues with talent because of a Reagan-like optimism about a growing blogosphere with room for thousands of talents, and of an underlying ethic of helpfulness which I have seen often among the better bloggers (though on the left as well as the right.) I also think you overestimate how much “help” was extended to the hard-working bloggers you mentioned. They got traffic the old-fashioned way: They earned it with interesting reporting and analysis.
But in keeping with the spirit of your post, be sure this Holy Week to visit AllTheseThings, MarkDRoberts, ScriptoriumDaily, EvangelicalOutpost , ItTakesAChurch and RomanCatholicBlog as six examples of great blogging from the world of Godblogging.
I also want to direct everyone to one of those posts which should be bookmarked and read many times, one which Joe Carter brought to my attention: “Best Advice On How To Comfort A Grieving Parent,” a few paragraphs of writing that sum up many of the sorrows of the world, but also the kindnesses.