April 02, 2004
Another way to read blogs

Christine asks "Do we need yet another way to read blogs?" in reference to Kinja the self-styled "Weblog guide". It looks like a one-stop shop for various RSS feeds on different subjects, and I think Ginger nails it in the comments:

This is weblogs for dummies. The goal is not to get people who know what they're doing to use Kinja, it's to get people who aren't blog readers to try blog-reading by providing digests of the "big name blogs" they hear about and a few others.

Sounds about right. I'd love to know how they picked the liberal blogs that they're currently featuring. They had Atrios and Josh Marshall in the mix last night, along with some decidedly less-trafficked sites, which is fine though again I wonder what their methodology was. To amplify something else Ginger mentioned, if Julian Sanchez won't like being called a liberal, Jim Henley's gonna flip out. Surely there would be plenty of good choices for a "Libertarian" category, starting with those two. Why insist on shoehorning poliblogs into a two-dimensional space?

And OK, I admit it: I want to know how to submit blogs for their consideration. Like, say, this one. Is that so wrong?

UPDATE: Well, according to my referral logs, at least one person is using Kinja to read this site. So therefore I pronounce it a Good Thing.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 02, 2004 to Blog stuff | TrackBack

Jim wasn't showing any posts when I visited or I'd have mentioned him too.

The fact that Jim is listed as a liberal suggests that someone conservative (Denton himself?) picked the political blogs.

Posted by: Ginger on April 2, 2004 11:19 AM

Also listed as liberal is Mr. Joyner from Outside the Beltway, whose most recent feed was "Lileks comments are spot on - his thrust isn't a strawman that 'all' people hated the US. It is the incredible hypocrisy the Left has when judging American actions."

Seems even the internet dummy could take a look at that and realize something is off.

Posted by: Norbizness on April 2, 2004 1:18 PM

"The fact that Jim is listed as a liberal suggests that someone conservative (Denton himself?) picked the political blogs."

Not to be mean, but there is simply no way to think Jim Henly is a liberal unless you define liberal as disliking Bush's presidency. And thats a really rotten definition.

Posted by: kevin on April 2, 2004 1:56 PM

I've had a few referrals from kinja, so it isn't all pathetic loony-left loserblogs. ;)

Posted by: Laurence Simon on April 2, 2004 2:05 PM