The Week in Bloggingportal: Where Are All The Bloggers?
We’ve been having a chat behind the scenes here at Bloggingportal Towers, and we’ve decided to take a more editorial approach with The Week in Bloggingportal. Rather than giving a comprehensive run-down of each and every post selected by our editors in a week, we’re instead going to talk about one or two of the weekly “big themes.”
The big theme this week is obvious. Julien Frisch, one of our esteemed editors, gave an interview for Cafe Babel that has set the euroblogosphere alight (translation here for those that don’t read French). It’s a great interview, so definitely give it a read. Apart from that, it’s been a quiet week in the EU with not much happe- …. Sorry? What? There was a what? Aaaah. Is that important? Does anyone care? Okay, okay…
So, I’ve just been told there was apparently some important European summit this week that everyone’s been talking about – something about bailing out the Greek government. Charlemagne gives excellent coverage here and here; Gulfstream Blues points out that Merkel had legal as well as political reasons to demand IMF involvement; and Gideon Rachman from the FT suggests that Sarkozy objected to IMF involvement for purely selfish reasons.
Okay, so that’s the coverage from the journalists. What about the citizen bloggers? What did the independent euroblogosphere have to say about this important EU summit and the Greek EU/IMF bail-out?
Well, Julien Frisch is tied up in RSS feeds; Kosmipolito is busy taking out the garbage in the shower, and Nosmonkey is trying to convince people not to bury him. Meanwhile, EU for US is upset about Euro ignorance of mammoth caves; The European Citizen is filming poor people; Jon Worth is angry with traffic lights; Matthew Lowry is happy to comprehend incomprehensible things and Cosmetic Uprise is following an election she can’t vote in.
I trawled the bloggingportal feed for the last few days looking for independent blog posts about the EU summit and I literally couldn’t find anything. EU Weekly mentioned it briefly, but he considers it old news. As for me? I was busy writing about wombat porn and how Google is slowly taking over my life. I’m sure there are independent bloggers out there that wrote about this issue, but I couldn’t find them, and I can’t really criticise them if I didn’t write about it myself.
What’s going on? Was the EU summit not important or interesting enough to write about? Was it too well covered in the mainstream media? Perhaps eurobloggers work best when we’re writing about things that haven’t received a lot of coverage. Should we be concerned? One thing is certain – numbers of journalists might be declining in Brussels, but the eurobloggers won’t be replacing them anytime soon.
IN OTHER NEWS…
Eurobloggers are now celebrities! Julien’s post about the best 20 female eurobloggers made it onto TV (well… EuroParlTV – so not “real” TV). Some much deserved attention for those bloggers mentioned, and I hope it gets more people reading the awesome female (and male) eurobloggers out there!