Monday, April 28, 2008

Purpose and Update On Stats -- April 28, 2008

The content of the RRStar (online Rockford Register Star) blogs have an overwhelmingly liberal slant in both content, links, and quantity.

I established this blog to demonstrate the type and quality of content the RRStar could offer to its readers and that I would be willing to provide.

Checking the stats of their political blogs it is clear that they need more of a balanced portfolio of political blogs.

Again, here are the political blogs available at the RRStar:

  • 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 is a journalist. 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 Stats for April 21 through April 27, 2008:
  • Applesauce 29 posts with 40 out links 4 YouTube.
  • In Chambers 2 posts with 7 out links 1 YouTube.
  • Sweeny Report 6 posts with 3 out links 0 YouTube.
  • Why We Blog 9 posts (8 left 1 unknown) 0 out links 0 YouTube.

If your interested in balance in the RRStar blogs let me, and the RRStar know.

Totals since I started counting March 27, 2008 through April 27, 2008:
  • Applesauce 115 posts with 129 out links 16 YouTube.
  • In Chambers 20 posts with 198 out links 1 YouTube.
  • Sweeny Report 22 posts with 11 out links 0 YouTube.
  • Why We Blog 21 posts (18 left 1 right 2 unknown) 1 out links 0 YouTube.

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