October 16, 2006

Your [un]abashedly thorough guide to the Delaware blogosphere!

(Last updated: June 10, 2013.)

I have a penchant for reviews. And during, of all things, brushing my teeth yesterday morning, it occured to me that there really isn't a thorough review guide to all the blogs in the DE blogosphere. Now, I'm certainly far from the least biased person in said blogosphere, but like reporters are supposed to, I will attempt to put these biases aside for a compelling DE blog guide. (Oh, and a friend reviewed Colossus, by the way. FYI.) The list is not completely comprehensive, mind you; all those listed below are political in nature to one degree or another.

Here we go, in alphabetical order:

ANOTHER GUN BLOG
Politics: Right.
Blog Software: Blogger.
Layout Appeal Grade: B.
Notes: Mike W's blog concentrates on -- take a guess -- guns. Which, by the way, includes interesting bits on the Second Amendment, natch.

CAESAR RODNEY INSTITUTE BLOG
Politics: Right.
Blog Software: WordPress.
Layout Appeal Grade: A.
Notes: Just what it says -- the Limited Government and Free Market Views in Delaware blog for the C.R.I.

[THE] COLOSSUS OF RHODEY
Politics: Right.
Blog Software: Movable Type.
Layout Appeal Grade: A.
Notes: A group blog, members "Felix," "Duffy," and Paul Smith Jr., alongside proprietor "Hube," run the gamut of topics from politics (local, national and international) to comicbooks, movies, education and political correctness. The blog's layout is neat, organized and well-categorized.

DELAWARE LIBERAL
Politics: Nutty Left.
Blog Software: WordPress.
Layout Appeal Grade: A.
Notes: Basically the Democratic Underground of Delaware, this collection of ultra-moonbats suffer from BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) in a big way. Their political and historical knowledge is so shallow as to take virtually nothing they say seriously. Only bloggers "LiberalGeek" and "pandora" show any semblance of common sense.

DELAWARE LIBERTARIAN
Politics: Middle.
Blog Software: Blogger.
Layout Appeal Grade: B+.
Notes: Host Steve Newton is a history professor at Delaware State University and is active in Libertarian politics. This site is not for the shallow of thought.

DELAWARE POLITICS
Politics: Right.
Blog Software: WordPress.
Layout Appeal Grade: B+.
Notes: David Anderson leads the way on this [very] conservative blog originally started by Dave Burris. Joining David are Timothy Pancoast, Frank Knotts and more.

[THE] DELAWARE WAY
Politics: Left.
Blog software: Blogger.
Layout Appeal Grade: B.
Notes: Community activist Nancy Willing, long a commenter on DE blogs, eventually started up her own. She still seems to have difficulty with the Blogger software interface as there's no blogroll and the generic links given by Blogger are still up on her main page. Nancy's herky-jerky writing style can be trying at times, but she's a passionate believer in her causes and now has an outlet for them.

FIRST STATE FOR LIFE
Politics: Right.
Blog Software: Blogger.
Layout Appeal Grade: B.
Notes: Jim Cordie and Nicole maintain this blog for Delaware Right to Life.

GREEN DELAWARE
Politics: Left.
Blog Software: WordPress.
Layout Appeal Grade: B.
Notes: As you might expect, G.D. is "a community-based organization working on environment, public health, and democracy/open government issues."

HERP & ES
Politics: Middle.
Blog Software: WordPress.
Layout Appeal Grade: B.
Notes: Daryl Cobranchi's "Home Education, Religion, Politics & Eclectic Stuff" blog concentrates on the phenomenon of home-schooling ... 'cause that's what he does, after all!

[THE] KAITLYN MAE BOOK BLOG
Politics: Right.
Blog Software: Blogger.
Layout Appeal Grade: B.
Notes: Pat Fish has been blogging longer than just about anyone in DE. (She started in Dec. 2003, the same time as me; I believe only Fritz Schranck has been at it longer.) She covers a gamut of topics, but the layout -- which includes quite a few graphics -- suffers from clutter.

KAVIPS
Politics: Middle-Left.
Blog Software: WordPress.
Layout Appeal Grade: A-.
Notes: One of the better writers in the DE blogosphere, kavips is a "a Celebration of American Politics, deeply rooted in the lives and actions of our Founding Fathers." Kavips "examines today’s politics through the lens of history and sorts out what is relevant, from what is personal vanity."

KILROY'S DELAWARE
Politics: Middle.
Blog Software: WordPress.
Layout Appeal Grade: B+.
Notes: John Allison's main focus is Delaware education. He's very passionate about it, without a doubt, something that makes for interesting reading. The only drawback is that John's lack of proper grammar and spelling can make reading his posts quite tedious at times.

MIKE'S MUSINGS
Politics: Center-left.
Blog Software: Blogger.
Layout Appeal Grade: A.
Notes: Mike Mahaffie could be known as the "Gentleman of the DE Blogosphere" for his charming and friendly posts, as well as his demeanor in comments on others' blogs. Mike posts about anything that suits his fancy, including golf, photography and politics. He turns the notoriously tricky Blogger layout into a visually pleasing visit.

MIND OF MR. MATTHEWS
Politics: Center-left.
Blog Software: WordPress.
Layout Appeal Grade: A.
Notes: Former host of Down With Absolutes! Mike Matthews has now been teaching for a few years and this is where he occasionally vents.

MIRIAM'S IDEAS
Politics: Right.
Blog Software: Blogger.
Layout Appeal Grade: C+.
Notes: Miriam might just be DE's most underrated blogger. She's snarky and cogent, and covers many topics. But her blog layout is plain and quite boring, and her picture placements need a lot of work.

PENCADER DAYS
Politics: Right.
Blog Software: Blogger.
Layout Appeal Grade: B.
Notes: Actually, "Duffy" may be Delaware's most underrated blogger. Duff covers myriad topics, international, national and local, and he has a crisp, to-the-point writing style. Duff also makes the most of the limitations of Blogger as his template is neat and attractive.

RESOLUTE DETERMINATION
Politics: Right.
Blog Software: WordPress.
Layout Appeal Grade: B.
Notes: R.D. "was created to offer a center-right perspective on politics and policy concerning Delaware and the nation. Our goal is to present policy alternatives and suggestions, feedback on political activity, and general information on what is transpiring in Delaware’s government as well as across the country."

SUSSEX COUNTY ANGEL
Politics: Right.
Blog Software: WordPress.
Layout Appeal Grade: B.
Notes: Angel's site "contains the thoughts and opinions of Sussex County Angel. Angel moderates all comments. Angel reserves the right to remove any comments she chooses based on any reasons she sees fit."

TRANSPARENT CHRISTINA
Politics: Middle.
Blog Software: WordPress.
Layout Appeal Grade: A-.
Notes: Christina Board member John M. Young runs this site with the "pledge to make [his] actions on this board 100% transparent and to ask the board to join [him] in setting a new standard of communication and openness." But, he also throws in occasional non-education posts for good measure! The site's design suffers from a cluttered layout and erratic font size and design.

THE TRUE FACTS
Politics: Middle.
Blog Software: Blogdrive.
Layout Appeal Grade: B+.
Notes: Joe Walther is an older gentlemen with whom I've sat on a couple talk radio shows at WILM. He's a very friendly guy and a great writer. His "blog" isn't typical of what you'd expect; it's more a collection of essays. Joe covers the topic gamut too, with an emphasis on the local scene.

Posted by Hube at October 16, 2006 04:22 PM | TrackBack

Comments  (We reserve the right to edit and/or delete any comments. If your comment is blocked or won't post, e-mail us and we'll post it for you.)

Well done! I am seriously going to have to update/purge (of dead links) my DE blogroll from this review!

And thanks for a 'A' with my new layout...for those of you who may be wondering about it, my blog does not process well in Internet Explorer, and renders much beter in Mozilla Firefox.

Posted by: Ryan S. at October 16, 2006 04:46 PM

Give my blog a look, http://kb3juv.blogspot.com

Have a good one,

-Justin

Posted by: Justin Kates at October 16, 2006 06:47 PM

First rate job. Your Dela whare review is a testament to the fact that you kept this on the level.

Posted by: jason at October 16, 2006 08:46 PM

Wow, that's the least of the blogs that I thought I might be told something like that! ;-)

But thanks just the same, Jase. :-)

Posted by: Hube at October 16, 2006 08:57 PM

Thanks, I didnt realize the colors were so bad.

Posted by: Ryan at October 16, 2006 09:18 PM

Thanks Hube, you are too kind by half. The layout is not my design and I think my writing is crap.

(p.s. I think the De La Whare formatting problem is only w/ Firefox. In IE, it looks fine)

Posted by: Duffy at October 17, 2006 08:02 AM

Mine sounds pretty accurate to me. Any suggestions on layout improvements to bring that B up?

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at October 17, 2006 11:40 AM

Hube, thanks for the review!

I hope it's okay that I shamelessly promote my web design man, Andy of Gray's Creek Designs, for anyone less than an "A" on your scale.

He also has a line of greeting cards he provides at cost for those writing members of the armed forces that are deployed around the world or recovering stateside.

Posted by: AnonymousOpinion at October 17, 2006 05:09 PM

Jeff: Check your e-mail!

AO: Of course it's OK! :-)

Posted by: Hube at October 17, 2006 05:53 PM

all fixed now...I appreciate the link and the recognition....

Posted by: donviti at October 18, 2006 07:47 PM

Thanks duffy I changed the layout all together. I wasn't having any issues with I/E but I had been fiddling with the width.

thanks for the nod Hube.

Posted by: donviti at October 18, 2006 07:49 PM

By the way I am pretty proud of getting a passing grade. I think B maybe, but why argue...

Posted by: donviti at October 18, 2006 08:21 PM

If you are checking out non-political DE blogs, swing by mine. Good list.

Posted by: Paul at October 19, 2006 09:32 AM

Hot damn! Lay low, stay cool, berate Jason on Frightland and get an 'A!' Love it!

Posted by: MOT Newbie at October 19, 2006 10:27 PM

what no blog for delaware?

Posted by: dana at October 19, 2006 11:42 PM

Thanks for the great review!

Posted by: MLF at October 20, 2006 02:15 PM

Thanks for the nod, Hube! As long as I've been in the computer industry, web design was not something I got into, so I picked that template as a seasonal thing.

I'm not one to ignore constructive criticism, so I'll see if I can make it a little more "together".

Posted by: Joe M at October 20, 2006 04:32 PM

what no blog for delaware?

I purposely stayed away from politicians' blogs.

Posted by: Hube at October 21, 2006 09:13 AM

Hube, I've moved Merit-Bound Alley to Wordpress with an (obviously) new format. Take a look, if you get a chance.

Posted by: Joe M at October 22, 2006 09:58 AM

Got it, Joe! :-)

Posted by: Hube at October 22, 2006 10:11 AM

Gracias!

Posted by: Joe M at October 23, 2006 06:47 PM

Thank you for the mention. I must disagree, no one can come close to Mike Mahaffie; he truly is the Gentleman of the DE Blogosphere.

Posted by: Mark at November 3, 2006 08:17 AM