Feedster adds ads to feeds

They really tricked me this time. I use Bloglines for RSS feeds and have a lot of Feedster feeds in there. Apparently they’ve started putting in text ads in every feed, that’s where I got the news about Washington Post’s blog awards. I didn’t realize it was an ad post. Had I done that, I wouldn’t have written my previous post because thousands of people would already know this. Since some feeds have very few hits, the ad posts gets high visibility.

Best election blogs awards

Deutsche Welle is doing it. And now Washington Post is doing it. Giving out awards to blogs, that is. (Do I hear anyone say “Hello Sweden?”)

On October 25, Washington Post will be announcing its “Best Blogs – Politics & Elections 2004 Readers’ Choice Awards” to readers’ favorite politics and elections blogs. Categories include Best Democratic Party Coverage, Best Republican Party Coverage, Best Inside the Beltway, Best Outside the Beltway, Most Original and Most Likely to Last Beyond Election Day.

Voting ends on October 15 and [drums please] here (free registration required) are the nominees. Daily Kos is nominated in 7 out of 10 categories. Other obvious candidates are Eschaton, Wonkette, Talking Points Memo, Instapundit and Andrew Sullivan.

A sample from one of the political blogs mentioned above. From Wonkette. Ten reasons to invade Iraq (instead of WMD):

– Didn’t rewind rental tape

– Mixed recyclables

– Wrote a book

– Reads books

– Throws like a girl

– Is too tall

– Fuzzy math

– Prevented OBGYNs from practicing their love

– Wanted us to pass a global test

– Is a BIG GAY

A constructive blog debate

This is unusual – a constructive Swedish blog debate. The liberal blogs are usually in consensus about current topics, but a post by PJ Anders Linder about a proposition from the Swedish Moderate Party sparked a comment from Mathias Sundin. That was picked up by Dick Erixon, who for once had a differnet opinion than SvD:s “PJ Just Nu” who in turn replied here. Johan Norberg threw in his five cents the day after and it is actually quite refreshing to see that these gentlemen are able to discuss topics online and in public that they don’t fully agree on. Erixon and Sundin continues to discuss. There is hope for the Swedish blogosphere.

Thank the guys in PJ

It’s an amuzing coincidence that bloggers nowadays are referred to as “the guy in pajamas” and the first op-ed blog in Sweden is led by PJ Anders Linder.

Footnote: Jonathan Klein, former senior executive of CBS 60 Minutes, on Fox News said in the Dan Rather controversy: “Bloggers have no checks and balances. [It’s] a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas.” Andrew Sullivan responded in Time magazine “Does this mean the old media is dead? Not at all. Blogs depend on the journalistic resources of big media to do the bulk of reporting and analysis. What blogs do is provide the best scrutiny of big media imaginable—ratcheting up the standards of the professionals, adding new voices, new perspectives and new facts every minute. The genius lies not so much in the bloggers themselves but in the transparent system they have created. In an era of polarized debate, the truth has never been more available. Thank the guys in the pajamas. And read them.”