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WaPo creating network of best state politics blogs

May 14, 2010

This sounds like it will be a good resource – The Washington Post is creating a network of the best state politics blogs from around the country.

From Paidcontent.org

The Washington Post is dipping its toes into the blog network pool again, with the launch of a new network focused on state government news. Operating under the PostPolitics umbrella site, the paper says the network will serve as a “compendium of some of the best state-based political blogs in the country.” However, unlike WaPo’s defunct Blogroll ad network, which was shuttered after just 16 months in March ‘08, this time around it is strictly a content network, not an ad net. …

The blog network is starting out with 10 state politics blogs, with plans to expand that number quickly, but the paper didn’t say how many.  A little over two years ago, Observer Media, owner of The New York Observer, announced a plan to create 50 state blogs called Politicker. But the idea quickly proved too ambitious and the rollout was scaled back significantly at the end of ‘08.

The article mentions Politicker, which had a good but far too short run here in Kentucky in 2008 through the November elections that year.

It’ll be interesting to see if and how this works.  Here’s some more explanation from the Washington Post itself –

The idea for the blog network grew from a Fix post that asked readers to nominate their favorite political blogs from every state. It drew a massive response as nominations flowed in from around the country.

Given that overwhelming response, we thought it would be great to partner with some of the best state-based political blogs — featuring their content on our very own blog network.

We’ve started with 10 of the true stand-outs and hope to broaden out the blog network to a bunch more states as we go.

On a daily basis, we’ll highlight some of the best blog posts from our network in the space below. Like a particular blog and want to read it in its entirety? All of the blogs are displayed on the right rail of this page. Want to nominate a blog for inclusion in the network? Do it!

The blog network is a work in progress so please be sure to tell us what you like — and what you don’t.

A final note: The content is hosted on the Post site but is entirely the creation of individual blogs and, as such, the Post is not responsible for any partisanship or bias present in the posts.

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