A new site has come to the Longmont political landscape: Longmont Politics. The concept is that of a news, commentary, and opinion aggregator. What’s an aggregator? According to Wikipedia, it: “refers to a web site that aggregates a specific type of information from multiple online sources.” Longmont Politics goal is to collect and post this information as long as it pertains to politics in Longmont – hence the name, obviously.
We plan on rolling many of our other online activities into this one site. From Wrongmont, Longmont Advocate, and Lightning Rod blogs will come the commentary and opinion element. From VoteLongmont will come the informational and educational element. And from the former podcast will come the reporting and dissemination element.
Based on the recent election cycle, which was an off-year non-federal election, and the highest traffic we’ve ever seen on our sites (Lightning Rod for opinion and VoteLongmont for non-biased voter information) it was obvious there was plenty of interest in a one-stop shop for politics in Longmont. Now there is one with a name and website address that’s easy to remember. www.longmontpolitics.com
Most of the entries will be links back to news and newspaper websites with articles that pertain to local politics. These will be presented with no more than a couple of sentences from the online article, and without commentary. Then, as with the former Longmont Advocate Podcast, there will be something similar to its “City Council Watch“, which will hyperlink to upcoming agendas and meetings. Lastly, opinion and commentary. The goal here is to not be a blog, but opinion pieces similar to what is submitted to newspapers for printing. Hence, many of the rules on this site will be similar to some newspaper’s policies.
After years of owning sites and being a part of sites with other contributors, it is not the goal of Longmont Politics to build a “stable” of writers and contributors. Nor will it be a “community forum” type of site with the back-and-forth that comes with that (flame wars, sniping, insults, etc). I’ve seen those kinds of sites go down in flames in spectacular fashion and don’t plan on repeating it. There will be no nicknames, pseudonyms, or anonymous posters. All of the above can be found at other websites – if that’s your preference, stay on or with those sites.
So if you’d like to send in commentary and opinion to LP, and are not part of a collective on a different website, send your spell/grammar checked piece (no longer than 700 words) to Chris Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org. In return, your words and thoughts can be seen by hundreds of visitors a day and you can be spared the online attacks so prevalent on other sites – again, there will be no comment section. Not every piece will be ran, especially those not following our submission rules. The Complaint Dept can be set up on your own personal website.