Limey in Bermuda has announced its plans to return to dormancy, while Politics.bm has announced a state of semi-dormancy, as has 21 Square, both at least for the immediate time period. All three blogs have put forward their reasoning for doing so, and I will let them speak for themselves in this regard. Essentially the problem appears to be a combination of demoralisation and fatigue.
I am saddened by this news. Obviously this blog has political differences with the other blogs, with Limey being a self-declared supporter of the UBP (but I would gauge him as a ‘soft’ supporter and more of a liberal than a conservative), Politics being an avowedly UBP blog and 21 Square being a liberal blog. [Yes, I know I’m putting labels on them, but those are how I see them.] This blog is an avowedly liberterian socialist one. Despite this, I enjoy reading the other blogs, partly for the insight they provide from a different perspective, and partly from the fact that I find the best way to develop ones ideas is to enter into discourse with those who have a different ideology and so mutually raising consciousness all round.
I personally believe the semi-dormancy by 21 Square and Politics.bm will be short-lived; they are essentially political animals and cannot ignore this side of themselves indefinetely. I believe Phil will be back at some stage as well, but not for a long period. I believe he will still lurk around the existing blogs and occassionally post, but for the time-being I think he will generally enjoy not blogging for a while. On a related note, both Progressive Minds and the PLP blog seem to have also reverted to dormancy for now. I am hoping this is only temporary as well due to fatigue from election exertions.
However, with their exit (temprorary or other) this provides a vacumn within which the other Bermy Blogs will fill, either with the creation of new blogs (Vexedbermoothes, A Radical in Bermuda, Breezeblog for example) or increased pressure on the existing blogs to ‘take over’ their spheres of influence/readership. Thanks. As if blogging wasn’t already time-consuming and stressful. 🙂
My biology background is kicking in right now with comparisons of natural selection to the blogosphere by the way.
This blog remains critically supportive of the PLP. It however is loyal to the principles that founded and motivated the Progressive Labour Party, with progressive labour being to me synomynous with democratic socialism (although in practice the Party took on a form of authoritarian socialism). In other words this blog is loyal to its understanding of the principles of progressive labour and when I believe the Party of Progressive Labour is in contradiction of these principles I will not hesitate to affirm my allegiance to the principles and not the Party. I hope my past track record attests to this, and I will continue to operate accordingly. I for one will not be suprised if this sees this blog being increasingly critical (in a constructive sense) of the PLP.