Monday, December 12, 2005

Turn Left(y)

It took over a day to percolate into my thick skull, but an undercurrent from the BlogLeft Massachusetts symposium (at least of coffee) was how important LeftyBlogs is to us. In conversations and at breakout sessions, this service that provides links to current pinko postings came up, with major praise.

Note: Many of us members put the BlogWire on our front page (left on this one, of course). You can click on a current post or on the logo to go directly to the LB site.

At Satruday's gathering, at a breakout session, the moderator asked those at the table what must-view sites and blogs we visited daily. The most consistent one I heard was LeftyBlogs, followed with comments about how it was the best way to keep track, to check on other parts of the country, to drill down to a given state, and get a flavor of how your favorite issue is covered by others.

If you haven't visited, do it, bookmark it, and use it.

If you have a left tilting blog, you ought to let us see what you are up to by joining.

By the bye, when you visit, you can click on the state you want to see posts from (local or all from there). You can also go to the home page, where they show the current most popular clicks. You can choose the day or week of those.

Often, there's a reason -- hot topic, breaking news, good writing -- for the top clicks. By way of warning though, be aware that if you join, the readers may not agree that your latest brilliance is all that interesting. It's a good sanity check.


Jon Garfunkel said...

Yes-- as the moderator indicated in the post above, I'll say that LeftyBlogs has a nice structure to it. I hope we can work with them on new strategies to make it scale even further as more content gets aggregated.

massmarrier said...

And, Jon, I confess in your session you made my head swim again with that concept I try not to consider. Finding the useful and meaningful will only get harder as more contend appears. I don't want to be like the old folk in the supermarket aisles whining, "I only want to find the corn flakes." Yet, filtering and finding is a prime challenge.