Sunday, 27 October 2013
Farewell, Liberal Conspriracy, I for one will miss you.
Sunny Hundal announced on Friday that Liberal Conspiracy will come to an end in its present form with immediate effect.
I, for one, was sorry to hear this news. Whatever you think of Liberal Conspiracy's politics, Sunny was a passionate blogger, an innovator in the field of blogging (as he points out himself, when it launched You Tube didn't even exist) and got some remarkable stories as exclusives. Plus he afforded a great platform for aspiring bloggers who wanted to get their message out. Like me
I wish Sunny all the best in his future endeavours.
Stephen Tall has attributed the demise of Liberal Conspiracy largely to the success of other multi author platforms like the Guardian's 'Comment is Free' The New Statesman's 'The Staggers' and the Spectators 'Coffee House' (and interest to declare here, I write a weekly piece for The Staggers). It is certainly true that these sites are offering the chance for amateur bloggers like me to reach a much wider audience than perhaps our own sites could reach, and they are getting some amazing readership figures.
However I don't believe that the death of Liberal Conspracy heralds the death of the independent blogger, as Stephen suggests.
Or at least, I think it depends on your motivation to blog.
I started blogging because I wanted to express my thoughts and be part of the political debate.
Sure I love seeing my stats grow ( this blog get over 10k hits a month now), enjoy seeing what's popular and what's not, and love it when things I write either get referenced or linked to by the more mainstream blogs and newspapers.
But it's the act of writing, of thinking things to write, of having an outlet to disagree with views I see expressed that I think are incorrect (like the predicted death of amateur blogging) that I like best.
I also like that on my blog I can write a thousand words on a serious policy issue, or 10 words on a cartoon I like, and each is equally valid. I can't do that on The Staggers.
And of course, I am my own editor here. My blog, my rules.
Sure, the blogosphere is getting bigger and the people leading the growth may well be the blogs run by the mainstream press. and sure, small independent blogs fall by the wayside all the time as people get bored, move on, choose to do something different or even just run out of time.
But we'll always be here.
And as Jennie Rigg points out there's one other reason to keep doing it.
Posted by Richard Morris at 10:14