Doctoral Student Needs your Help - Take Survey Please

I am a doctoral student in media and public affairs at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and my research focuses on the impact of blogs on state politics around the country.

A quick profile of my research is available here:

Previous blog research has focused on the impact of the nation’s big-name, A-list blogs on American politics. Stories about the impact of those blogs range from the downfall of Trent Lott to Dan Rather’s memo-gate to George Allen’s more recent Macaca moment. But to date, no one has considered the impact of blogs at the state level.

My observations about the impact of bloggers on state policy and politics in Louisiana have triggered my interest in looking at that dynamic in states around the country. To that end, I am requesting your help in compiling data for my research. I have prepared an online survey for both bloggers and blog readers to complete.

The survey is available online through June 30 at the following link:

I would be grateful if you, as a blogger, would:

First, take a few minutes to complete the survey yourself;

Second, circulate this request among other bloggers and your readers and/or post a link to this survey online urging readers to both complete the survey and forward the link to others;

Third, contact me if you have any questions, concerns or input regarding this research endeavor.

I have created a blog ( that will track this research as it progresses and I would be happy to keep you posted on this project as it moves forward.

All feedback can be directed to

Thank you in advance for your help on this!

Best regards,
Emily Metzgar