Yet another meta-post by Mike.
Arizona Donkey Feed:
I would like to explain my Arizona Donkey Feed. This is what it looks like on the near sidebar.
As you might imagine, I read a lot of Arizona blogs and newspapers. A LOT. I do it so you don't have to.
I don't always want to post an article about what I've read, but I often want to share it with you. In that case, if the story or post concerns Arizona and/or is written by an Arizonan, I mark it 'Shared' in my Google Reader, where I read most of my news.
Those Shared items end up in a new RSS feed that I call the Arizona Donkey Feed. The last 10 items of that feed are posted, as you see here, on the sidebar. A complete list can be seen by clicking on the feeding donkeys, and you can subscribe to my clickstream with an RSS reader, like Google Reader.
I don't limit myself to blogs, nor to only progressive or Democratic blogs; I read the regional papers and the conservative blogs, as well.
Just because I share a link doesn't mean I endorse it, or even agree with it, I just think it is important and contributes to the political conversation here in Arizona.
There are a lot of things I read that I find important, but not necessarily related to Arizona or written by Arizonans. Those links go to my Del.icio.us bookmarks, not the Arizona Donkey Feed. If you subscribe to this blog's posts via RSS or email, a daily compendium of my Del.icio.us bookmarks is sent to you each day.
Otherwise, you will find my last 10 Del.icio.us bookmarks on the sidebar just below the Arizona Donkey Feed. You can access a complete history of my shared bookmarks at Del.icio.us/mbryan.
Look to me as your personal news clipping service. If you see a news item concerning Arizona politics that you think is mighty important, and it has not shown up for a day or two in the Arizona Donkey Feed, please feel free to bring it to my attention via email or chat.
DNC Convention Coverage:
I like to provide a public forum for folks who have something to say. I feel quite privileged to have warranted sustained attention from so many Arizona citizens and I think it's important that it's not just me squawking along.
This August I will have a number of pledged delegates blogging their experiences from the DNC Convention. If you are a pledged delegate from Arizona, I want to make your voice heard, too.
I also hope to have credentialed correspondents who are going to the Convention to report on what is happening from a bit more dispassionate and objective viewpoint. The DNC won't be finalizing any press credentials for blogs until April, so more about this project then.
I have invited some new authors to come and share their views and their communities' news with you. When I invite an author to my blog I generally intend to fill a niche or viewpoint that I can't provide.
I invited David Safier because I thought his passion for educational policy and politics was a wonderful fit for a blog covering a state that ranks nearly dead last in almost every educational metric. Add to that the simple fact that the loin's share of any state's budget is education.
I intend to add yet more correspondents. Maybe you are one of them.
You've already met one of them. Retired Brigadier General John Adams will be posting about those matters that most interest him: our national security, our armed forces, defending our constitution and the rule of law—subjects on which is uniquely and eminently qualified to address. John will also be blogging from the DNC Convention about his experiences as an Obama delegate for CD 8.
More correspondents will be coming on line very soon. Some are names you will already recognize. All have a their own viewpoints and interests.
I wish to see Blog For Arizona grow into a community of many progressive voices for Arizona. Thanks for reading.