This week at progressive state blogs: Final Edition
When I began this feature six years ago, there were scores of active progressive political blogs covering some measure of state politics. By the peak in 2013, there were 146 that I was perusing each week. The roster included at least one such blog in every state, and several in some states. A ton of choices for good material, so much that I felt bad some weeks that I had chosen from the outset to keep the list to just a dozen selections a week.
But the changing digital dynamic, with writers moving their efforts over to Facebook and Twitter, or simply getting exhausted after years of blogging, has steadily chipped away at those venues, leaving behind ghosts where the last post is months or years old, or simply disappearing altogether. Interestingly, a few of the survivors are some of the oldest in existence, still plugging away. But as of last week, there were just 38 progressive state blogs remaining on my list, and a dozen or so that have hung on are clearly moribund.
Therefore, sorry to say, I am shuttering the feature with this edition.
To all the great bloggers who have come and gone, and to those that remain, a salute for your efforts to inform readers of the political goings-on in your neck of the woods, the plains, the deserts, doing so with depth, humor, and points of view that still never make it to the traditional media, much of which is itself moribund.
And to all here who have over the years supported this feature, much thanks.
In this Final Edition, as always: Inclusion of an excerpt from a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or endorsement of—its contents.