Death of the amateur blogger? A reply to the replies

by Stephen Tall on October 28, 2013

I wrote an article yesterday about the eclipsing of the amateur blogger by the mainstream media.

I titled it Liberal Conspiracy is dead – and so too’s the amateur blogger (more or less), which – at the heavy risk of scraping the bottom of the Daily Mail’s barrel of excuses – is a headline that has to be read in the context of the whole piece.

It would have been more accurate to call it, Blogging’s alive and well, but it’s a lot more competitive these days and, unless you’ve got something distinctive to say, it’s hard to get noticed – and even then it’s very unlikely you’ll make a living from it’.

I would then have added a post-script to say: However, that’s no reason to stop blogging if you enjoy it for its own sake. (As Jennie Rigg rightly pointed out here.)

But I was half-watching Match of the Day when I wrote it and, anyway, the headline’s over-claim at least did the job headlines are supposed to do: got people reading the piece. There were some very thoughtful responses, well worth reading:

The demise of LibCon and the future of political blogging (Alex Marsh)

Farewell, Liberal Conspriracy, I for one will miss you. (Richard Morris)

A place for amateurs (Chris Dillow)

(All of which, incidentally, is one of the best things about blogging: a considered dialogue that’s made me more sure of some of my views and made me re-think others.)