One, the fact is, we never really were informed of this, as far as I know. I could have missed it, but the only notice I saw was James Bowie's reposting of Jason Cherniak's notice that Liblogs was being shut down and shunted over to WSP. I get that it's not a democracy and Jason's decision over his website is final, but no one really asked whether or not those of us who use Liblogs were really gung-ho for the idea. I think some might have second thoughts. Nevermind the fact that some might not want to be associated with WSP, and yet we're being put on it - not that I personally won't sign up (if I'm not already, which I'm not sure I am).
Two, it's kind of a step down to go from a dedicated Liberal aggregator, to one that's invariably meant to disseminate every party's viewpoints. Not to cheapen the idea of partisan harmony, but I don't see the Blogging Tories, or the New Dems Online, shutting their sites down. Why must we shut ours down as well? The site doesn't seem to have a lot of upkeep, and I'm sure the costs for the domain are fairly negligible for what it does. I really don't get why we have to shut it down and move over to this, which quite honestly may not be a successful venture in the end.
Three, I really don't like the design so far. The blog aggregator page is a jumbled mess that looks more like a giant block of TL;DR mini-paragraphs than anything coherent. I like the general idea of what they're trying to do, but its really, really, really disorganized as it currently stands. Not only that, but so far I've seen no updates to any of the posted bloggers on that page, including Bowie, Kinsella, and etc., who as of 8:30 am, all have had new articles posted on their own blogs.
Four, this paragraph from Cherniak's post confounds me:
For some time now, I have believed that, for all the good in Liblogs, it can and must be better. We need to take the next step and turn this project into an integral part of the Canadian media landscape. We need more than just political insiders reading – we need to bring the average Canadian news reader to your thoughts and aspirations.That underlined part is what really sticks for me - who do they expect to be reading the WSP site? The exact same people who read National Newswatch, Borque, and others similar to it - political insiders. These sites are political news feeds designed for the purpose of feeding us hungry politicos. The WSP at the current moment in time is not an integral part of the Canadian media landscape to anyone except politicos. It may inspire to be the Huffington Post, but honestly, who do you think reads the Huffington Post, the average American? No - politicos!
I dunno. I applaud the initiative of the WSP and I hope it does well, so don't mistake this for ragging on the site itself. I just really question this decision that has been made for those of us in this blogging world here. It may mean nothing in the long run, but for someone like me, who enjoys blogging and enjoys Liblogs, this really is a blow to how much I've enjoyed all of it. Maybe WSP will wipe away those concerns, but for now...