Announcing WatchBlog

WatchBlog: 2004 Election News, Opinion and Commentary

I am pleased to announce the launch of a site I’ve been working on for a few weeks now. The site came about because I was tired of posting about politics on my own personal blog so I realized that I needed a place unrelated to CamWorld to serve as an outlet. This led to the idea of building a multiple-editor blog that allowed others to do the same thing.

That is how WatchBlog was born. Using the wonderful MovableType weblog software I built out a site with three weblogs rolled into one, each with multiple editors of a particular political affiliation. Currently, there are 13 editors for the Democrats blog, 9 for the Third Party blog and 5 for the Republicans blog. I’m still seeking more editors who are willing to contribute. Email me if you’re interested.

I’m also seeking a couple of power-users of MovableType who want to help maintain the site and act as power-editors for the rest of the site editors, but may also include template-editing and plug-in installation and configuration. Super-user permissions will be granted after a level of long-term commitment has been proven.

Lastly, a few people have commented that my political views may get in the way of providing an equal platform for every party represented on WatchBlog. At this point in time I have no plans to be a writer for the site but am focused on keeping the back-end running, the HTML/CSS templates coded and resolving any hosting and performance problems that crop up. For the most part I refrain from editing the authors’ posts except in a minor way (like correcting spelling and HTML styling mistakes).

Posted by Cameron Barrett at June 14, 2003 08:04 PM