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Monday, December 11, 2006

Assembly bloggers unlimited

I am now officially taking back any unkind things I may have said about student journalists. This article by Ciaran Jenkins (author of the excellent Blamerbell Briefs) is a well written, entertaining and balanced piece on the Welsh Assembly's bloggers and those we annoy the most - our fellow AMs.

When Mark Isherwood says that the more momentum the blogging movement gains, the more "principled politicians are being forced onto the bandwagon as a self-defence measure," my heart just goes out to him - not!

There now I have gone and committed the cardinal sin, as best summed up by Jocelyn Davies ("Blogs written by politicians with irony, anger or humour may, months later, have lost all relevant context and appear instead to be spiteful and thoughtless.") The thing is you do not have to write a blog to fall into that trap, you can make the same mistake on a radio or TV interview or just by answering questions from a dead tree press journalist.

John Marek is right, I am a headbanger with no life. Time to move on to the next blog post.
"In total, 12 AMs keep a blog. The other 49 are fairly sceptical about the concept."

He might be a budding young journalist, but can he count? ;-) 12+49=61

Some interesting views by those who don't blog.

I imagine a large percentage of people who read politicians' blogs are fellow bloggers, but I know of plenty of people who regularly read blogs that don't blog themselves.
The article is riddled with inaccuracies.

The theme of it is that Peter Black's blog is the most popular - when in fact Leighton Andrews gets about three times the number of hits, being that he is a more high-profile efigure and a more interesting read.
'A more interesting read' - you really need to get out more.
Peter, I certainly enjoy reading your blog on a regular basis, despite my own being recently described as boring in the extreme!

Actually, I find blogging an easy way for people to access my business articles from the Daily Post and Western Mail, as well as being an opportunity to comment occasionally on the odd economic issue.

Blogging may be perceived as sad by some people but so was surfing the internet at one stage (which I started doing twenty years ago!)

Keep up the good work - it beats having to rely on the BBC for what is actually going on in the Assembly any day.
Hey, I'm not done yet! That must be a cashed link because I haven't finished.

Peter Black's powers of investigative journalism are obviously too much for our wonky system here.

Still, glad you like it.
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