Tag: Blogging


Why it’s not yet time to capitulate to Facebook

Joe Litobarski wrote a post earlier today entitled “Blogs are Dead… Long Live Facebook!” Like a lot of Joe’s stuff it’s a thoughtful case, but, ultimately – in my view – wrong. Far from becoming redundant, blogs are simply changing – blogging and the mainstream media are merging (more from […]


Flattr buttons now on this blog

I’ve just heard a presentation about Flattr from Peter Sunde at #rp11, and thought it was about time I tried it out. Flattr works well in the German blogosphere already, but is basically non-existent in the UK and Brussels. Better start somewhere I suppose… although the notion that anyone would […]

EU Politics, Technology

The Nordic online politics way

The diagramme above comes from an excellent report entitled “The Nordic Way” [PDF], produced by Swedish think tank Global Utmaning, and linked from this Bagehot piece about the Nordic countries. The paper itself is worth a read, although take it with a small pinch of salt as it presents a […]


London’s multitude of events means I go nowhere

In Brussels it’s reasonably easy. There I was (and indeed still am) the EU politics blogger nerd. So if there are events and conferences to attend I go to ones about EU politics on the web first and foremost. Then I will go to ones about institutional reform or centre […]

Technology, UK Politics

So #NetrootsUK wasn’t gender balanced enough, Luke Akehurst enough, African or Caribbean enough… I think we’re missing the point

So 2 days after #NetrootsUK, and a load of recriminations rumble on, mostly on Twitter. Sigh. Here’s a selection. [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/lukeakehurst/statuses/23780655234023424″] [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/yonmei/statuses/24514916333395969″] [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/LeeJasper/statuses/23771093433065472″] Look folks, events can always be more representative, more diverse, more gender balanced. But look at #NetrootsUK and compare it to almost any Labour event […]

Technology, UK Politics

What’s the point of #NetrootsUK?

We’re half way through Netroots UK, and I am struggling with this event a bit. Here are a few tweets that raise some of the important questions: [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/davebriggs/status/23697235304775680″] [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/anthonypainter/status/23696610999402497″] [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/TalSz/status/23711278425972736″] [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/MarinaPepper/statuses/23704197320937472″] With the exception of Clifford Singer (he’s behind the ace MyDavidCameron and False Economy), the […]

UK Politics

Orwell Prize ego-trip

Having seen that Phil at A Very Public Sociologist has thrown his hat into the ring for The Orwell Prize 2011 for bloggers, I’ve decided to do the same – it’s a self-nominating prize. Info here. I’ve been at this blogging lark for more than 5 years now and maybe […]

Technology, UK Politics

Twitter: the new new mainstream

A Very Public Sociologist has completed a second annual survey of the number of Twitter followers of people who also write political blogs in the UK. I finished up 34th on this list last year, now I’m down to 61st. Other people who blog alongside their main non-media day job […]

Technology, UK Politics

Blogging: the new mainstream

There have been a couple of watershed moments in UK online politics in the last few weeks, notably the reaction to the Wikileaks cables and the decision of a number of well known British political bloggers to stop blogging, importantly Iain Dale and Tom Harris. These developments are related and show, […]