Sunday, September 26, 2004

Bloggers Are Trendy!

It’s official – blogs are now in style. We (and I indulge in a bit of vanity when I use the plural pronoun) have made it to the cover story of The New York Times Magazine by Matthew Klam. Peel me a grape.

The article lists all the big dogs – Kaus, Andrew Sullivan, InstaPundit, DailyKos, Eschaton, Pandagon – and spends a lot of ink covering the life stories of some of the better-known bloggers: how Ana Marie Cox grew from being a pushy high school kid in Nebraska to a serious journalist for The Chronicle of Higher Education and then to Wonkette, how Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo grew from a historian and serious writer at The Hill, and how Markos Moulitsas, a survivor of the civil war in El Salvador, turned his life experiences into his writings. All very up-close and personal and very interesting… but the whole article borders on being a special issue of People. But all in all it’s a pretty good article if you can read through the superficialities – do you really care how many Diet Cokes Josh Marshall consumes?

As I was wrapping up this post, Mr. Klam was interviewed on Weekend Edition on NPR (another sign of trendy-ness). He said that once the election is over, political bloggers will fade away, especially when John Kerry wins. I disagree. I won’t speak for anyone else in The Liberal Coalition, but I plan to continue writing; Bark Bark Woof Woof isn’t a strictly policital blog, and as long as there are pompous, arrogant, and homophobic snobs in the world there will be plenty of things to write about and laugh at.