In the past few weeks alone we’ve said goodbye to Iain Dale, Tom Harris and Tory Bear from the UK political blogging scene. As somebody who runs a business in this area I would be lying if I said this trend wasn’t worrying.
Is it merely a change of figures and plenty of new blood coming forward? Is it because of the change of government? No. Individual circumstances are behind all of the decisions and each with its own motivational factors and opportunities too.
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Anyway, here is my reply:
Blogging is changing I think. There is evidence that the first generation of major bloggers are going on to something else, but that also gives people like me an opportunity to do something I have wanted to do for years: write longer more considered posts that stand a chance of some kind of longevity. Twitter suits chatterers. I am not a chatterer I am a thinker and for too long the chatterers have led the pack and now they have a medium, Twitter, which is tailor made.
Iain Dale never saw blogging as discourse but I do. It is a fact that people we think of as intellectuals, such as Roger Scruton or politicians like Tony Wright MP either could not relate to the ephemeral nature of it or just never attempted it.
As for Guido, he is rather in a class of his own and appears impervious to influence. Other political bloggers get less interesting as they become more influential because they find themselves wedded to the establishment or wishing they were. Consequently they have too many people not to piss off and to some extent lose their edge. Political aspiration is the death of political blogging. cf Tom Harris. Ditto commercial interests. cf Iain Dale. I do not aspire to do anything other than get more out of the platform and see how far I can improve what I do.
There will be a new generation of bloggers but it will change its nature for sure.