SD Rostra

What should Rostra 2.0 to look like?

One of the great things about San Diego Rostra is its ability to attract a variety of voices with different political views.

Rostra is a center-right site, but local journalists and some well-known Democrats are regular readers and commentators. With monthly hits by unique visitors as high as 20,000, Rostra has become a must read for numerous San Diegans.

Where else can you find a site that blends colorful personalities like Mighty Thor and Thor’s Assistant with political stalwarts like Darrell Issa, Brian Bilbray, Nathan Fletcher, Carl DeMaio and Bonnie Dumanis?

Along with smart and timely political commentary, Rostra occasionally breaks news, and has done a good job of using Twitter and Facebook to reach a wider audience.

Some posts – let’s be honest – aren’t in the #winning category. Or are they? On the other end of the spectrum, there are posts like this one from Richard Rider, who shares his son’s struggle with cancer and the role medical marijuana played in that fight.

Bloggers like Jim Sills, Bradley Fikes, Erica Holloway and Gayle Falkenthal, aka The Libertarian Lass, also routinely draw readers in with lively and thoughtful posts, as do many others.

So where does Rostra go from here? Should the 1 1/2 year-old site, for example, dump anonymous bloggers? What about anonymous comments? Would you object to Rostra displaying ads? Should the site separate blog posts from news releases?

Mighty Thor wants to hear from you. You can leave your comments below this post, or email them to

Lastly, Rostra is looking for a web intern. If you or anyone you know is interested, please send an email and resume to

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