More DallasBlog thoughts
To the contrary, our sources in the state say Hutchison has been courting support among Texas legislators for a possible run for governor in 2010. By that time, Perry, if re-elected, would be out of play. (If Carole Keeton Strayhorn were to win, however, KBH would face the same situation as 2006 – running against an incumbent.) She also discovered that Perry had locked up the support of too many state GOP leaders and legislators, which would have made a primary contest tough – even for her.Aside from this blog, that's probably the first mention I've seen of the idea that perhaps Senator Hutchison thought it might be harder to unseat Governor Perry than she initially thought. And I think it's quite possible that she'd be ready to run in 2010.
For the moment, considering Novak's intel, it looks as if she’s keeping all options open.
2. I had the pleasure of hearing fellow Rice alum Tara Ross speak this weekend, so I thought I'd also link to her most recent piece at DallasBlog, entitled "After Miers, Next Step." She's written a book promoting the electoral college called Enlightened Democracy. I would have bought her book then, but I didn't have any money on me. [In fact, I never carry cash. The only people I know who carry cash are people older than me.]
3. DallasBlog looks very interesting, but if they're really going to try to make money on it, then I think they should hire a longtime blogger to help them as a consultant. I think it'd be money well worth spent. Since I'd rather not be crass and nominate myself, I think Dr. Whited would be a strong candidate.
>>DallasBlog looks very interesting, but if they're really going to try to make money on it, then I think they should hire a longtime blogger to help them as a consultant. I think it'd be money well worth spent. Since I'd rather not be crass and nominate myself, I think Dr. Whited would be a strong candidate.<<
Nah, I nominate you right back. :)
If I knew how to make money off this stuff, I'd be doing it! Heh.
I think they have the right idea by going local, but the Pegasus News crew (http://blog.pegasusnews.com/) are promising something even more local, supported by relevant advertising. I think the key is relevant local advertising (but goodness knows, I don't have the time to go find local advertisers for my blogs, and maybe they don't either!).
I remember when Dan Patrick had the brilliant idea he was going to get rich by running the same classified ads software these people are running on Chronically Biased/KSEV. After a few weeks, it crashed, and Patrick never resurrected it. Needless to say, he didn't get rich. Honestly, why would someone use classifieds on a blog hardly anybody reads when they can post to Craig's List?
Still, I would think local ads would be the way to go. I'm a little surprised that more political candidates haven't inquired about advertising on some of the local blogs that people actually read (which excludes certain blogs where you can get free advertising simply by providing nachos and pizza). Maybe there needs to be an easier mechanism for that to be done (that might be the next step for AdBrite -- to simplify that process for micropublishers like us).
I wasn't necessarily talking about the money-making side, although I have some ideas about that too.
DallasBlog seems to be done from a journalistic mindset instead of a blogger mindset. Although they've gotten an initial spike in traffic because of novelty and because they have outside credibility, I'm not sure how long that will last.
So Kevin, maybe we need to come up with a better way to advertise. Or heck, I'd prefer in-kind contributions if Chipotle would give me a free burrito everytime I mentioned their name. ;)
Posted by Evan/PvW @ 11/01/05 04:14 PM
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