A couple of days ago, Instapundit linked to a post at Newshog and we got over 3,500 hits on that post in one day, along with dozens of comments.
I did my best to keep up with the comments and to present a constructive, good-tempered debate with the commenters who were mostly from the right of the political spectrum, but it was a struggle. I now have a far better appreciation of how difficult it would be for say, Atrios, to answer the hundreds of comments he receives, let alone emails. The same goes for Kevin Drum, Matt Yglesias and the other big liberal bloggers - the elite.
I would like to publicly apologise to them for suggesting that they should be able to keep up with it all, answering mails and comments from every "insignificant microbe" in the blogosphere. It was unrealistic of me.
However, I still stick by my original contention that the elite should do their damnedest to encourage and nurture those very microbes who are often inspired to blog by the big fish. I am pleased to say that since the "progressive pecking order" debate began, weeks ago, all of them have made more obvious efforts to do so including posting links to, as they all put it, "blogs they read but don't mention often enough". I would personally like to see them use those bloggers writings from time to time instead of the more common "I agree with Atrios/Matt/Kevin/Kos" but that too may be unrealistic given the demands on their time.
Maybe we need a new way of getting messages from the bottom to the top. I would contend that blogrolled liberal alliancies simply aren't effective, for instance.
Thanks for reading Newshog, those who do. Your support and interest means more than you know.