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Blogging prominence – what is it?

I’m curious what you readers out there think makes a political blogger “prominent”.  Is it the number of hits/page views they get at their blog (which some don’t always make public, so sometimes only they know what their traffic is like), or is it the number of times they get quoted in the media (be that via a reporter’s blog or an actual media outlet), or is it how often they say or suggest something that their party of choice decides to adopt for their own purposes – thus showing they are “influential” either directly or indirectly with the political party types?

Feel free to leave a comment – it doesn’t matter what political affiliation of blogger you pick if you’re using them as an example to use as supporting evidence for your answer.

Oh, and I hope everyone has a Happy New Year.


9 comments to Blogging prominence – what is it?

  • slg

    Hmmm…if certain bloggers aren’t prominent enough for Wells, why does he waste his precious time reading them?

    • @slg, Well, in fairness to Paul, he saw a Tweet of mine highlighting Steve’s article, and agreeing with it, and decided it was interesting enough to re-tweet, and blog about at Macleans.

      The other thing I’ll say is some people seem to be misunderstanding Paul’s thesis: which was “this is not a prominent Liberal blogger, but look at all the comments it generated in his comments section on a holiday weekend – therefore, there might be something to Steve’s complaint’s that resonate in the Liberal grassroots”.

      Steve might have over-reacted a little in his response, though I can see his point as well; I think he feels this is over-inflating what he said and trying to have it portrayed as grassroots grumbling against the Liberal leadership.

      As I said in Twitter, we may be seeing a lot more gnashing of teeth between journalists and bloggers with nothing to do until March 3 with only each other’s articles and blogposts to read. In fact, I’m probably going to be engaging in that now with the local rag here and something I read I’m objecting to.

  • ASME

    I agree with Bryan “dissemination of idea throughout the blogosphere is, to my mind, more significant than number of hits.” or the sort of expression or languaged used.

  • Brammer

    I’d say a blog achieves prominence when the MSM (Mr. Wells) takes notice ala Steve V.

  • ck

    Hi Scott,
    I think everything you mentioned makes a blogger prominent. Yep, all of the above.

  • I think it’s more about influence, really. Some bloggers (usually also tweeters) are “influence hubs” who may influence other bloggers as well as their chosen parties. Now they might not always get credit for it, but the dissemination of idea throughout the blogosphere is, to my mind, more significant than number of hits.

    • @Bryan, that would be a bit hard to prove then, unless a political party directly gives a blogger credit for it, and that almost never happens.

      Normally, the closest you get to that is said blogger saying something, a said party later on doing something similar to what he/she said.. and then maybe other bloggers or rarely a journalist or too claiming that said blogger should take credit for it.

      I’m more inclined to think (judging from what I’ve seen and read on the US blogging scene) that influence is determined by how often a blogger and his rants get replayed in the media.

      • @Scott Tribe, I guess, and I know prominence and influence are not synonymous. Some bloggers are influential among party members yet we might not know their real names. Others may get in the media but their ideas don’t jive with the sentiment among partisans. I can think of two Liberal bloggers who right now are prominent among party members but who few know as real people, and one who is regularly in the media but seems not to be hitting the zeitgeist if you will. The former are prominent in grassroots terms, the latter with the party brass. Depends on how you look at it.

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