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New Boston blog aggregator

I don’t have the time or energy right now to do too much digging, but here’s enough to get you started. I just received an e-mail from a service called Blognetnews.com/Mass, which claims:

We are going to use your feeds and the feeds of top bloggers from your online community to create new content and information that will organize this slice of the Internet making it work better for bloggers and their readers.

Well, maybe. For what it’s worth, I was able to learn that the domain name blognetnews.com is owned by one David Mastio of Chesapeake, Va., the same guy whose name appears at the bottom of the e-mail.

Further investigation reveals that Mastio is a former editorial writer for USA Today, a former speechwriter for President Bush, and a frequent contributor to conservative publications such as National Review and the Weekly Standard. (Not to be too coy — I Googled him. This ain’t rocket science.)

Blognetnews.com/Mass is part of InOpinion.com, which is “an opinion syndicate” Mastio founded “aimed at helping newspapers attract young, net-savvy readers.”

“The Blogs of BNN” have a decidedly GOP-leaning tilt to them. But it seems to be pretty open — apparently it will list any Boston blog in exchange for a link.

Worth watching.


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7 Comments

  1. Citizen Charles Foster Kane

    Is it me or is that site just about impossible to read? And I’m not talking about the content….

  2. John Galt

    Surprise! Surprise! The G0Pers truly admire – covet – what the Sunnis had with Saddam.

  3. David Mastio

    We added the Citizen Charles blog referenced in the first comment. Perhaps that will help us with our readability issues.

  4. Dan Kennedy

    David: But most of the blogs on your front page are conservative. Still, it’s an interesting idea. I have to confess, I’m kind of with Citizen Kane on the design — it’s a little hard to know what’s going on.

  5. David Mastio

    Cramming a lot of info in a small space is a design challenge. I tried to balance intuitive understanding with utility once you know where everything is. There’s plenty of room to debate whether I got that right and we will do a redesign based on what we’ve learned some time next year.Anyway, here’s a link to the full list of blogs at the site:http://www.blognetnews.com/Mass/feeds.php Readers can judge for themselves. Anyway, this raises an interesting question. Should I try to get a balanced set of blogs? Or should I just pick what I think are the best ones and let reality be reflected in any imbalance? I think letting imbalances happen is the better choice. http://www.blognetbiz.com/Environment is wildly pro-environment while http://www.blognetbiz.com/econ is wildly pro-market. That’s Ok with me.

  6. Anonymous

    David,Welcome to the neighborhood. You know you’re in the People’s Republic when simply being a conservative gets you compared with Saddam. (In between complaints about the level of discourse…)

  7. Steve

    Oy.Blognetnews is an interesting resource. But it looks like one of the blogs it aggregates, MND.com, has really gone off the rails. This MND contribution wonders:”Is it not time to once again legalize Government Sanctioned Assasinations? It could very well be done before Pussies like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi take over the legislature.”Lovely blog you’re aggregating there, Mastio.

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