Holiday Weekend Blogging: Give the Gift of Traffic

Here's a little song you can all join in on....

Everyone knows that blog traffic goes down substantially for political blogs on weekends. It declines more so on holiday weekends, like the one beginning today with the 4th of July just around the corner.

So, please, give the gift of traffic. It's free. All you have to do is visit your favorite blogs so they register your presence.

Just about every blog has a blogroll. Check out some of the blogs on them. If you're online and blogging, try to link more this weekend.

I'll start, and I'll be updating and occasionally bumping this post over the next few days.

  • The Talking Dog has an interview with Gaillard Hunt, counsel for Pakistani National Saifullah Paracha, currently at Guantanamo Bay, where he may become our first non-suicide death if his heart problems continue to go untreated.
  • Avedon Carol at Sideshow on the failure of the immigration bill.


Feel free to put links to your own blog posts in the comments -- so long as they are in html format (long urls skew the site and I can't edit comments on Scoop, I can only delete them.)

As for something to discuss, here's a question for those more web-savvy than me. Which is a better way for a political blog to raise its profile and awareness of its issues and increase traffic to the site -- FaceBook or My Space? What's the difference between them? Are they worth the effort?

TalkLeft's My Space page is here, TalkLeft's Facebook page is here. I've done very little with either so far. I'd like to put the TalkLeft video that's on My Space and You Tube on Facebook but I don't have a copy of on my hard drive to upload. Any suggestions?

Check out Firedoglake's Facebook page, they've put some real effort into it and although a work in progress, it shows.

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    Facebook v. Myspace (none / 0) (#1)
    by Pete Guither on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 01:01:54 PM EST
    I've been quite active in both sites, though less so to promote my political blog than for other parts of my life.

    I tend to lean toward Facebook as having the stronger future.  Their new applications section allowing the supporting of causes and political involvement shows long-term promise, and their roots in universities (though now open to everyone), tends toward a more politically aware population.

    In either site, it doesn't work just to plop down an identity and hope it will generate interest -- just as politicians learned you can't just add a blog and be a blogger.  Neither MySpace or Facebook will do you much good unless you're actively networking (or have others who are doing so on your behalf).

    Regarding the video that you want to put on facebook, you can do that through the Posted Items application (that's already built in to your facebook page) without having the video to upload.  Simple enter the address of the YouTube video on Post a Link and it'll show up in your feed.

    Self Horn Tooting (none / 0) (#2)
    by jonswift on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 01:31:15 PM EST
    This week I examined Elizabeth Edwards' vicious attack on Ann Coulter and the Supreme Court's discovery after more than 50 years of the original intent of Brown v. The Board of Education.

    About Facebook (none / 0) (#3)
    by LonewackoDotCom on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 01:36:12 PM EST
    First of all, Jesus' General's post has absolutely nothing to do with Tancredo, other than mindlessly smearing him on unrelated topics. "Liberals" might want to look into whose interests such posts ultimately serve.

    As for Facebook, I've already written a few apps for others and one for myself (apps.facebook.com/booklist). One of the apps I wrote for someone else has 100,000 users. It would be tremendously nice if I could come up with a popular idea, but I'm not good with the popular. If anyone has any free ideas, leave them in the latest comments at my site.

    Wow... (none / 0) (#4)
    by desertswine on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 02:53:01 PM EST
    I found Fred Dawes on your site. I always wondered what happened to him. The answer is... "nothing."

    This Fight is not over the force's of evil pigs are still at work, this bill can become law over-night without you knowing about it or congress voting for it.

    watch what happen's soon with Bush Rat and his Business friends, its all about the dismantling of this Nation.

    Fred Dawes 06.29.07

    I hope you don't mind I copied your comment, Fred.


    Heee's aliiiiive! (none / 0) (#7)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 05:02:47 PM EST
    Can you link us to him? I miss that old loon, and his alter ego Dred Faws....

    Alas... (none / 0) (#8)
    by desertswine on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 05:18:43 PM EST
    I am unable to.

    Another traffic suggestion (none / 0) (#5)
    by LarryE on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 04:38:02 PM EST
    If someone posts a comment that strikes you in a good way, check out their user info. Some of them have websites you can visit.

    Hey (none / 0) (#6)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 05:01:41 PM EST
    Deos refreshing one's browser add to a site's "traffic?"

    SUO (none / 0) (#9)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 06:10:47 PM EST
    No, but it makes it smell better.

    Anyone else remember ... (none / 0) (#10)
    by Sailor on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 12:16:18 AM EST
    weekend blogging and British bombs (none / 0) (#11)
    by diogenes on Sat Jun 30, 2007 at 09:18:24 PM EST
    Whenever there is a "fake" indictment of some guy from Trinidad about bombing JFK, posts go up quick attacking Bush, timing, etc.  Why no post about the British bombings, or are they Gordon Brown fakes too?