Chris Bowers has a revealing article on the booming growth of liberal blogs relative to their right-wing counterparts. He found that two years ago, the conservative blogosphere was twice the size of the liberal blogosphere. But now, despite the existence of a greater number of conservative sites, traffic on the liberal blogs is 65% higher.
He attributes it to Scoop technology and the participatory nature of sites like Kos, TPM Cafe, BooMan Tribune and MyDD that allow readers to post their own diaries and take advantage of high communal site traffic to establish themselves. According to Chris:
There are swarms of new conservative voices looking to breakout in the right-wing blogosphere, but they are not even allowed to comment, much less post a diary and gain a following, on the high traffic conservative blogs. Instead, without any fanfare, they are forced to start their own blogs. However, because of the top-down nature of right-wing blogs, new conservative blogs remain almost entirely dependent upon the untouchable high traffic blogs for visitors. In short, the anti-community nature of right-wing blogs has resulted in a stagnant aristocracy within the conservative blogosphere that prevents the emergence of new voices and, as a result, new reasons for people to visit conservative blogs.That there is no similar instrument on the right is pretty weird when you think about how active the sans thorazine crowds of LGF and Free Republic really are. Expect enterprising liberals to leap into the breech and take advantage of this latent pool of unbalanced antagonism. Norbizness is proposing a show for the new wingified PBS called Sit and Be Fit, which entails "30 minutes of lower-body exercises one can do while typing angry posts maligning the patriotism of others."
I think he's got a hit on his hands.