Friday, April 11, 2008

Purpose and Description

The purpose of this blog is to demonstrate the type and quality of content I would be willing to provide the RRStar in an effort to provide them with a balanced portfolio of political blogs.

The current blogs listed in the political category on their site include; Applesauce, In Chambers, Sweeny Report, and Why We Vote.

They break down as follows:

  • Applesauce is a prolific far left blog that addresses national issues. The content is mainly composed of links to the left wing of the blogosphere along with a short quips, photo, and video content. Occasionally there are longer posts that include opinions on the items linked. Comments are quickly answered, often with another quip.
  • In Chambers is a blog that covers Illinois state politics. It appears to be right of center but that could be the result of its adversarial nature to the current state administration. There is no real interaction in the comments.
  • Sweeny Report is a blog written by the Political Editor of the Register Star who blogs from the center right. Postings are sporadic, concentrating on local, state and national issues and are mainly short thoughts on events with few links. He doesn't like to respond to anonymous comments uncharacteristic of blogs but consistent with a newspaper.
  • Why We Vote is a group blog consisting of the thoughts of the members of the Register Star's voters opinion panel. The posts are mostly left of center (including those from the independents to date). The conservative member who was posting, sadly, passed away recently.
The breakdown of posting from March 27, 2008 through April 10, 2008 are as follows:

  • Applesauce 50 posts with 45 out links.
  • In Chambers 11 posts with 70 out links.
  • Sweeny Report 8 posts with 1 out link.
  • Why We Blog 9 posts (8 left 1 right) 0 out links.
There is a clear left wing bias in the number of the posts in the political blog section at the RRStar and since the front page displays the most recent posting there is a very good chance that the home page will display a post that reflects a leftist viewpoint.

On four different occasions (two dates to two divisions) I have submitted suggestions to the RRStar offering to blog from the right and this blog is an example of what the content would look like, just in case they are interested. In addition I Emailed my suggestion to Chuck Sweeny, but I think I only signed it David and he may have ignored it since I didn't include my full name, in any case I have not received a single reply either by phone or by Email.

This is my attempt to provide balance for the RRStar in the hopes that they will accept my offer and allow me to begin blogging as one of their political bloggers concentrating on national politics from the right side of the blogosphere.

Thank you,

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