I haven’t been explicit about this, but some of the Rochester readers probably know that I ran a blog about NY-29 called the Fighting 29th. I thought that would be my last effort, but redistricting put me in a new district with a competitive race, so I started a new blog, Roc25, to follow it. Since I posted something over 1,700 items in the five years, and probably got as much traffic in that time as Balloon Juice gets in a few weeks, I know that it’s hard out there for local political bloggers. Generally, your site won’t generate enough traffic for ads (I never bothered), and comments are few and far between, especially now that Facebook and Twitter have sucked up so much of the social conversation. Local race blogs are really a labor of love.
So, other than the obvious self-promotion and navel-gazing, I’m posting to ask whether there are some local race or political blogs that you follow that are updated regularly and have good insight into local elections. If I get enough of them, I could put together some kind of list and post it as a page here so those blogs could get a little more attention. I’ll start with two: one that reader HW3 sent me from Washington State called The Political Junkie, and North Decoder, which covers politics back around where I grew up.