Thursday, October 13, 2005

Kinky Experiment: Hey, it worked!

Faithful readers of this blog will recall my Kinky Blog Experiment, where I tried to school the Kinky Friedman campaign on the inherent power of blogs and podcasts.

It took three posts, and some reaching out to fellow bloggers, but it worked. See "The Kinky Kronicles."

Laura Stromberg from the Committe to Elect the Kinkster emailed to say Kinky would do an interview with The Armadillo Podcast.

By now, it's accepted that a blogstorm can impact an election. It will be interesting to see if podcasting can also have an impact.

For my PR brethren and sistren outside of Texas, the '06 race for governor is currently a four-horse race between the incumbent, Rick Perry (R) and challenger Carole Keeton Strayhorn for the Republican nomination, with Chris Bell the Democratic front runner and Kinky Friedman as the dark horse independent.

While I was pinging the Kinky campaign to do the Armadillo Podcast interview, I came across a cool tool on BlogPulse that tracks interest in the blogosphere. See "Kinky Kampaign Krises."

In jest I blogged,

"On the 21st of September I asked Kinky Friedman's PR manager if the candidate would consent to be a guest on The Armadillo Podcast. On the BlogPulse
chart, notice that this date is the highest point of the Kinky
campaign. Since then, I've received no answer and Kinky's standings in
the blogosphere have fallen precipitously. (Even with a Dallas Morning News story yesterday.)

September 21st was actually the day Kinky released his Kinkytoon,
and apparently the blogs liked it. Since then, the attention has
fallen off. If this nontraditional ad was designed to spread virally
and attract the nontraditional voters, it seems to be puttering out.
There's also a pun in there about Kinky and viruses but I'm trying to
keep to the high road.

These stats come from BlogPulse and it's a great resource for
tracking a blog topic. For even more granular research, check out PubSub's analysis of Kinky's site--basically they're tanking since Sept. 21.

Today, for fun, I went back to BlogPulse and put all three (only three allowed) of the four candidates through their blog trend analyzer and this is what turned up:


Note to Ms. Strayhorn: Why don't your followers blog?