Blogging your way into politics…

If you’ve been watching the news or even been reading about this year’s political campaigns, chances are that you’ve run into someone talking about a political candidate’s blog or some political pundit’s website with their two-cents. Well CNN has taken that one step further with tonight’s election results. As broadcasted, approximately thirty (30) of the political climate’s bloggers have gathered in a restaurant in Washington D.C.

It’s pretty amazing how people have taken full use of blogs. Whether it’s a corporation’s web blog or an individual, blogging has become the new website for people to get their information. Blogging can be done quite easily from practically anywhere…walk around downtown, see something newsworthy, capture it with your camera phone, and upload it to your blog quickly and publish it. Blogging and other viral marketing technology has definitely shaped the way how things are done and have especially greatly increased the reach of grassroot campaigning for a political candidate.

What’s surprising is that these things have only been really brought into the mainstream media after the success of DNC Chairman Howard Dean with his remarkable fundraising efforts online. Now many candidates seem to add it to their campaign prerequisite to continue to try and keep their voting base attracted to what they’re doing and keep ’em in the back of their mind when voting.

As stated earlier, several members of the political blogging community have gathered at Tryst in Washington DC to report on the change in political congress from today’s events. With the growing trend of the blogging state, more people are turning to these people as subject-matter experts and the ones with all the “inside information” for their information when they aren’t able to rely on the left- or right-leaning news organizations.

Find out more about the Blogging Party hosted by CNN by clicking here.

By Ken Yeung

Ken Yeung is a journalist fascinated with the tech industry and internet culture. He's currently Flipboard's Assistant Managing Editor, overseeing news curation in technology, science, gaming and health. In addition to his day job, Ken's the co-host of "The Created Economy" podcast, examining the Creator Economy. In a past life, he was a former reporter for VentureBeat and The Next Web, covering tech startups, the industry's innovations and funding.