Posted: Friday, 28 November 2008
I echo Island Life's sentiments about the IB. I accidently found this board a few years ago. I look forward to reading the postings daily while I am having my morning coffee. The IB board is like the salt of the earth. None of the fluff and glitz, just honest feelings, lovely musings, and such beautiful pictures. I don't envy your extremely cold windy weather, but I certainly envy the beauty of your environment. I think the BBC should upgrade whatever they need to keep the IB going. I can't believe such a large corporation with a world wide audience would shut down the IB because it outgrew itself. That sounds like an extremely weak excuse to me. Certainly with it's popularity and the service it provides to many of the remote areas, it would be an asset for them to continue it. When I finish the reading the IB, I usually mosey on over to the BBC site. If they shut down the IB, I may have to mosey on over to the Daily Mail. Start a writing campaign and protest!
Gale from NC, USA
I think it is sad/odd/strange that IB is to be closed.....makes it worse with no explaination....I am very new to blogging but can see the benfits of it per say but not as a collective so my thoughts are that surely the same bloggers will just find another Host and the implied link to BBC Scotland will disappear. I hope all those who NEED blogging find a suitable replacement and those who just like having a voice or outlet for their musings find a new medium/channel...maybe email adds need to be exchanged by those who feel able...
RJG from Gravir
Yes I was shocked to read IB was coming to an end. As a frequent visitor to the islands, I like to keep up to date with whats happening on the island and also fellow bloggers like Fred and monitoring his move to the islands and how he and his family have settled in. Its a great shame,what will I do now. Which pen pusher sat behind a desk, thought that getting rid of IB would be a good idea, Shame on you BBC.
Amanda from Tyne and Wear
I was very upset to learn that IB was ending and I hope that somehow you all can move to another blogging site! I know Carol just posted a thread with ideas. Come on, everyone, Save IB!!!!!
thelovelyOutlander from very upset
my thoughts entirley 'island life" i'll be "lost" without ib--its brilliant; hopefully the "beeb" will have a change of heart:
carol from now in whitianga(at last)
I've just posted a comment on calumannabel's blog, please read that (once it's moderated!). I'd love to help set up a site to keep the concept of Island Blogging going but I might need some help on the technical side. Drop me an email to lesatcankita.co.uk (replace at with @) and we'll see if we can get some ideas together. Regards, Les Ellingham
Les Ellingham from Stafford now, somewhere in the Western Isles soon
I just found the Western Isle Blog sight. Just when i have an oppertunity to say hello to my childhood holiday retreat, it is being scrapped. I love the Isle of Harris and all it's people. I fondly refleck on my time in Harris and having had the oppertunity to travel this wide world from Canada to USA to Cuba Mexico not to mention many parts of Europe over my lifetime there is no more beautiful people or places on this planet than Harris.I hope that I will return again fairly soon to Harris that I may see once again my Aunty Mary MacCuish a resident in the Leverborough House Seniors Care Home. All the very best to you all. Ian
Ian MacKenzie from SaultsSte Marie Ontario Canada
Oh here we go, some fool at the Beeb getting rid of something he doesn't like and to hell with the ones who think its great. save IB! I for one will really miss it, its so good to hear about normal life on the Islands and see all the photographs too. So change your minds about getting rid of it please.
Sandra @ Kalymnos Island from Greece
Why wait for the BBC to care? There are hundreds of blog hosting sites where a virtual community of Island Bloggers could live. Get startednow whilst this site can be used for publicity...........
Ealonder from Eilean Siar