Drudge Hits 10
La Shawn Barber notes the anniversary
and says:While he’s not a blogger, his site was definitely a forerunner to the new medium.
I don't know about that part. I've always felt that Drudge & Lucianne were blogs, just that they are such big blogs that people don't recognize it at first. What makes a blog?
1. Links to articles of interest. Check.
2. Commentary on those articles. Check for Lucianne, but less common at Drudge. However, Drudge's own headline with the link frequently contains his commentary. Consider this headline from today:Holding On Tight
. The headline links to this article
, where the only part I can find that appears to justify the headline is this:Bush kept a firm, guiding grip on his guest's hand as they walked up the path, past a field of bluebonnets that the president took care to point out, to a new office building on a corner of the sprawling ranch.
3. Links to Other Bloggers. Lucianne does this with her once-a-day BlogTruth posts. Drudge seldom links to other bloggers, but this may be a blessing; when Drudge did link to Power Line during the Rath
ergate scandal, the blog almost immediately crashed due to the heavy traffic generated.
The things that rule against Drudge being a blog are mostly superficial--no topdown posting (although his headlines are stored topdown), and few permalinks.