Your thoughts about a Possums Podium?
Posted by Possum Comitatus on June 12, 2008
I regularly get sent questions by people that have been stirred up by some political issue or another to the point where they felt compelled to write an article about it – but they wonder where they can publish it on the net. These folks don’t tend to produce enough output to run a blog of their own, and are just after some sort of opinion clearinghouse I suppose that has a readership that might be interested in what they have to say.
So, a question for you folks out there.
If I were to run a small adjacent site to Pollytics, a kind of “Guest Speaker on Possums Podium” type thing where I would simply put up any such articles that people send to me and link those articles via an RSS feed on the left sidebar (so everyone could see the titles of the latest articles as they come in) – would anyone be interested in reading them?
And would anyone ever be interested in writing stuff for it?
There would only be one rule for publishing – a cogent piece on a political, psephy or media topic (the political flavour would be irrelevant, variety is the spice of life after all)
I can remember when I started blogging by accident 12 months ago, it was people like Bryan Palmer and William Bowe that linked into my work that gave me my starting boost in traffic, which then made the word get around… so to speak.
As such, I sort of believe that I have an obligation to do the same for others that want to write intelligently about politics. So I’m sort of thinking that maybe it would not only be an opportunity for people that don’t have the time, inclination or output to run a blog themselves to be able to write occasionally and get read by a highly politically literate audience, but also a way for new political bloggers to potentially get noticed as well.
The net might reduce the barriers of entry in the media space, but it does little in and of itself to overcome the obscurity that’s associated with a new blog. So if I can do my bit to help alleviate some of the obscurity that many new writers and bloggers face, that’s probably a good thing.
If I ran it as an adjacent site it wouldn’t clutter up the Pollytics site, yet the RSS feed on the sidebar would let readers here be able to clickthrough to any new articles that catch their eye.
So folks – what are your thoughts?
OK folks, the site’s up but with no articles published yet:
Here are the rules and guidelines for submission and how to submit:
Now I need some articles – so if you’re a new political blogger or an occasional writer and you want to submit an article, read the above link and let me have’em so to speak.
The blogroll on the sidebar of the new site will be filled over time by bloggers that have had an article published on The Possum Box.
I have two articles already, I wouldnt mind one more to launch – but either way The Possum Box will go live early on Saturday afternoon.
Apparently it’s already the 21st fastest growing blog in the WordPress.com universe – I’m not exactly sure what that means, but it’s looking good for eyeballs to read new work.