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Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Josh Marshall introduces new liberal group blog.

Joshua Micah Marshall, the journalist-blogger of Talking Points Memo, has brought together an impressive group of experts and writers for TPMCafe, a new group blog modeled on Daily Kos — complete with user diaries — but with a much more impressive roster of contributors. The American Prospect's Matthew Yglesias has moved his eponymous blog to TPMCafe; I'm thrilled to see the New Yorker's George Packer on the foreign policy blog; and what's not to love about having former senator John Edwards blogging about poverty?

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James Field:

June 1, 2005 12:51 PM | Permalink for this comment

What do you think about this as a model for UU blogs? I've sometimes thought it would be a better to be an occasional contributor/diarist to a UU group blog rather than keeping up my own blog. I guess livejournal functions that way somewhat.


June 1, 2005 01:07 PM | Permalink for this comment

I like it very much -- and once I'm finished launching the web magazine version of UU World, I'll actively encourage some conversation about turning Coffee Hour into a selective but growing group blog. I think many people are in your situation, and rather than spread everything thin, I'd like to find a way to bring a range of strong voices together.

Before naysayers say nay, I'll preemptively suggest that group blogs don't diminish individual blogs; in fact, they're likely to encourage more blogs overall by giving more people a way to imagine participating. Most people don't have time to follow a bazillion blogs; they want a small handful. But once they get hooked by those handful, they may see an opening for what they have to say -- and launch their own, or comment so eloquently that they get invited to join a group blog, too!


June 1, 2005 02:45 PM | Permalink for this comment

Say nay? No way!


June 3, 2005 07:17 PM | Permalink for this comment

I would be happy to fold my TransparentEye blog into a group blog.

There are only a few individual bloggers (like our esteemed Philocrities) who can sustain a following. For the rest of us, it helps to join up with others. That worked well with the centrist political blog which I started, Centerfield. New people can join up and they quickly have people commenting on their posts, which is a lot more fun than writing things and not being sure if anyone is reading.

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