Blogs went bigtime this week with the launch of www.HuffintonPost.com on Monday.
According to its founder, columnist and erstwhile California gubernatorial candidate Arianna Huffington, “The Post is a new Internet publishing venture that will combine a breaking news section with an innovative group blog where some of the country’s most creative minds will weigh in on topics great and small, political and cultural, important or just plain entertaining.”
Katharine Q. Seelye reported in the New York Times that Huffington “has lined up more than 250 of what she calls ‘the most creative minds in the country’ to write a group blog that…is essentially a nonstop virtual talk show that will be part of a Web site that will also serve up breaking news around the clock.
“Having prominent people join the blogosphere, Ms. Huffington said in an interview, ‘is an affirmation of its success and will only enrich and strengthen its impact on the national conversation.’ Among those signed up to contribute are Walter Cronkite, David Mamet, Nora Ephron, Warren Beatty, James Fallows, Vernon E. Jordan Jr., Maggie Gyllenhaal, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Diane Keaton, Norman Mailer and Mortimer B. Zuckerman…
“In a solicitation letter to hundreds of people in her eclectic Rolodex, Ms. Huffington said the site ‘won’t be left wing or right wing; indeed, it will punch holes in that very stale way of looking at the world…’“The Post will also set another blogging milestone: Ms. Huffington has signed a contract with Tribune Media Services, which syndicates her newspaper column, to syndicate parts of her blog to newspapers and their Web sites.”