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William Crawley | 18:21 UK time, Friday, 26 January 2007

sotu-blogging.jpgOne of my projects next month is a radio documentary about blogging. I'll tell you more about it as it progresses. The producer is Owen McFadden, who's had terrific success producing the satirical sketch series Folks on the Hill for both television and radio. I'd like to hear some of your views about blogging -- your experiences, stories, frustrations, how blogging has changed the world and your life (positively and negatively) and how you think (or hope) blogging might develop in the next few years. What are your favourite blog sites in the UK, Ireland and internationally? What's the secret of a successful blog? How has blogging changed politics in Northern Ireland? What about journalism? Ideas?


  • 1.
  • At 02:52 PM on 27 Jan 2007,
  • Stephen G wrote:

Blogging. It's fantastic. Blogging is a great way to gather your thoughts - since thoughts tend to be better, umm, thought out, when you try to write them down. Blogging is great way to vent your spleen, let off steam, have your say, debate, and have fun.

And, of course the best blog site in existence is www.libertarianreason.com

Stephen G.

I attended the BBC News and Sports Festival session where we discussed blogging in the beeb. Obviously this section of the website was specifically under discussion.

At that session - as now - my complaint was that these 'things' are not blogs. At best they are re-branded message boards - not even forums.

I think it's a shame that as such a powerful and trusted source of vital information, the BBC is misleading every single one of its 'blog' readers.

Why does the BBC miss the blogging boat? Here are just some of the missing elements that make blogging so powerful:
- Trackbacks, linkbacks and pings, allowing one to see exactly who is saying what about this post
- Multiple bloggers on a single topic
- Blogs are supposedly unmoderated, un-editorialised and more 'honest'. Readers accept a more lax editorial policy on a blog. I lie, they expect none. If the beeb needs to affix it's (undeniably) excellent editorial process, for goodness sake don't misleadingly call it a blog!

My final proof: if this were a blog, I would not have had to waste your time with this mind numbingly long comment - instead I could post it to one of my blogs with a mere short little trackback to this blog.

But no...

  • 3.
  • At 12:45 AM on 28 Jan 2007,
  • Maureen McNeill wrote:

The picture sums up my reaction to this thread.

Where is Mark when you need him?


  • 4.
  • At 06:17 PM on 28 Jan 2007,
  • pb wrote:

blogging is really accelerating us into the global village isnt it?

i enjoy it but I am very wearied by people who think they are engaging in discussion when in fact they are just pouring out abusive language.

I noticed Will asked for people on this blog to "calm down" today on radio.

On issues of sexuality and evolution I think it has been without doubt the liberals and secularists who have given the Christians unending personal insults and abusive language.

Because I added a comment to one of Will's recent blogs on adoption and sexuality a lady who I shall not name responded by fuming that I was "obsessed" with homosexuality.

Emmm. What about the labour cabinet, the House of Lords, Will and Testament and of course the good lady herself for repeatedly commenting on such subjects here?

Only people of faith claim to have texts with abolute truth but as far as this blog is concerned it appears that only the liberals and secularists ACT like they have.

I accept there are some who are very resonable and courteous of course among them, but it is not the main tenor on this site.


  • 5.
  • At 07:03 PM on 28 Jan 2007,
  • Hitchens-Stichens wrote:

The downside of blogging is its addictive tendencies. Why do we sit around typing messages to strangers revealing our views on everything under the sun. Is that weird?!

  • 6.
  • At 07:14 PM on 28 Jan 2007,
  • frankie wrote:

Tom thats a pretty fascistic definition of a "blog" you've got going there. A blog's not a blog unless it has your favourite tools on it? What if I prefer not to have all those tools? Get over it - this is a blog, and im a commenter!

end of comment ;-)

(interactive enough for u?)

  • 7.
  • At 08:13 PM on 28 Jan 2007,
  • Jane Gray (Belfast) wrote:

I may be the person PB mentions. Anyway ... he's confirmed my claim that he's gay-obsessed. No one else has even mentioned the subject ad he's off on one. Gay this, gay that ... the man is utterly incapable of gropping that topic!

  • 8.
  • At 10:48 AM on 29 Jan 2007,
  • Jay...... wrote:

hey will is owen mcfadden planning to get you animated? ;-)

Tom- You're wrong to suggest that this blog isn't a blog because it doesn't have trackbacks etc. Unfortunately I think you're right, though, about moderation. The Beeb is a classic example of control freakery. But that doesn't make it any less of a blog.

  • 10.
  • At 02:10 PM on 30 Jan 2007,
  • pb wrote:


Will currently has three entries on his main front page on the gay adoption debate.

And that is probably a fair average for the number of entries Will has on the subject on any week of the year, with all respect to Will.

It would appear you are of the view that I should be the ONLY regular contributor not allowed to comment on these entries because of my faith viewpoint, which surprise surprise, you disagree with.

I am not aware that you have ever actually engaged with me on the subject, as evidenced above. You just hurl abuse at my person, not my argument.

My entry above was not about sexuality, if you read it again, it was about attitudes like yours which assume a right to impose some form of fasco-liberalism. I used sexuality AND evolution to illustrate examples of your attitude.

Apart from lacking any argument and trying to make up for this with plain abuse, you are actually engaged in sectarian discrimination.

You will note all the above comments address your method of (non-)argument, not your person.


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