Tip of the hat to The Unofficial Yahoo Weblog for pointing out the Election Blog Roundup on Yahoo News.

While the page says one thing:

Our goal is to aggregate a diverse selection of political blogs and let you sample a variety of opinions as election season heats up.

It seems to do another. While it does provide a blogroll of sorts on the right side of the page, the main section is basically an aggregator devoted to showing the five most recent headlines from each of several mainstream weblogs. Very mainstream. I don't see much that I'd call "diverse" there. Sure there's a better selection in the blogroll, but it doesn't seem to reflect what's aggregated.

But, hey... it's a start. I'm glad to see the Yahoo News folks helping to spread the word about political blogs (not that I read political news or blogs) but there are a lot of folks who may not otherwise run across them.

A few other thoughts on the site:

  • Where are the "Add to My Yahoo" buttons (or at least orange buttons)? I might find a few blogs that I want to subscribe to but have to do it the hard way.
  • It's amusing that I heard about this from a third party site.
  • How about some issue-specific pages that respond to Trackback pings? That'd allow folks who didn't make the cut for the blogroll to get their opinions noticed.
  • How about letting folks find related/cited posts using the link tracking features of Technorati, Bloglines, and Feedster (much like I've added to all my blog posts)? There's a world of content out there, let's expose it!

All in all, this is a good first step. I just want to push the envelope a bit.

In related news, I'm quite impressed with Technorati's Election Watch 2004. Good stuff, guys.

Posted by jzawodn at August 29, 2004 11:24 PM

Reader Comments
# rr said:

Hmmm. Wonkette? Is that a joke? Whoever's doing the editorial obviously doesn't read it regularly.

And a political blogroll that doesn't do some sort of left/right/"non"-partisan categorization is pretty useless, IMO.

And second the "where's My?"

on August 30, 2004 12:15 AM
# rr said:

Methinks a comma would also be a nice addition to that banner: *Register* to Vote, Online

on August 30, 2004 12:24 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Good point, I hadn't thought about grouping source based on party affiliation or non-affiliation (since I really don't follow this stuff much), but it makes complete sense. It's an obvious thing to want to know when looking at the list.

on August 30, 2004 12:25 AM
# Mark Foyster said:

"Our goal is to aggregate a diverse selection of political blogs and let you sample a variety of opinions as election season heats up." Hmm How interesting... i wonder just how diverse there sample will be?


on August 30, 2004 01:09 AM
# basileus said:

"All in all, this is a good first step"
first and i hope not last ;)

on August 30, 2004 01:29 PM
# Adam said:

TERENCE HUNT of My Way news must of had his spin on the debate completed yesterday and just filled in the blanks!

It's awful and slanted toward the current administration.

I say boooo to this kind of internet reporting.

The reporter must of had his done

on September 30, 2004 08:04 PM
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