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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Indiana Parley - Some Additions

This weblog is a work in progress.

It really is an exercise in editorial choices - every day. There is the choice between doing original reporting, doing commentary, or highlighting items that are, in my judgment, newsworthy or noteworthy.

Not every news item can be highlighted. There are choices between taking the time to do a longer editorial piece or doing quick takes on breaking events. There are choices between putting current items in historical context, for instance, and leaving that history for a later time when the writer can be more reflective.

There is always the conscious effort to maintain some sort of consistent style.

And then there are decisions as to what to include as a link. Some weblogs try to be comprehensive. This one will not. That's why God made search engines. You don't need to see a bunch of clutter along the side of the page.

We want the links to be useful to you.

All of this is a prelude to highlight the addition of some links.

I highly recommend you visit the links to the weblogs of two Indiana state representatives. Representatives Ryan Dvorak (D-South Bend) and Steve Heim (R-Culver) are both bright and personable. This comes across in their weblogs. They can give you a first-hand account of the legislature while it is in session. Both are open enough to give readers a real feel for the thought processes and experiences of being a state representative. I should know.

One of the first posts I wrote at the start of Indiana Parley was about the question "Why haven't more elected officials taken up blogging?" It was entitled , "Just Think of Blogging as a Big Fish Fry." In it, I talked about State Rep. Dvorak's then new weblog.

Both Rep. Dvorak and Rep. Heim are listed as among the 6 top bloggers among elected officials in the United States by the weblog "Lawmakers." This is a weblog promoting the idea that more elected officials should contribute to weblogs as a way to strengthen democracy. Lawmakers does such a good job it has also been added to the links.

Indiana Parley has also put together an expanded list of media links. These include links not just for Allen County but it includes college newspapers, the north and northeast regions of Indiana and the northwest region of Ohio.

One other item: Indiana Parley is returning - for the time being - to what is referred to by Blogspot as "normal size" font. This will allow for the fuller display of a single article on your screen. However, we know that this may not be a font useful for many with smaller displays. Please provide some feedback as to which font size you prefer.


I like the smaller font. Keep up the good work!

P. Love
Those who don't like the "small" font can adjust text sizes on their own. Internet Explorer users can click on "View" and "Text Size" - then pick the size they want. Other web viewers have similar controls.

You have an interesting blog here. Generally more conservative than I prefer, but that's a fair reflection of the author. At least it's well thought-out and well-written.
In readability studies, sans-serif font (like Verdana) was found to be much easier to read on a computer than serif font (like Times). The preferred size for the font varied with the typeface, with Verdana more readable when small and Arial more readable when large. You may recognize that this is opposite of print, where serif is much more readable than sans serif. The associations, however, stay the same: sans serif is modern; serif font, esablished and conservative.

Using Georgia (like you're doing) is a way to keep the formal tone, since Georgia is a serif font designed to be readable at smaller sizes on a computer. Great job, Mitch!
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