A New Blog?
While the Bermudian blogosphere has been a bit unstable since the election last year, with many blogs going dormant or semi-dormant, and the ‘action’ largely moving to social media like Facebook, or the interactive online news media, it’s nice to see a new blog on the scene.
‘Bermuda Independent’ launched just a couple of days ago, on the anniversary of the OBA’s elevation to power in the 2012 election.
It’s only had a few posts up so far, as one would expect from a brand new blog, and it’s not clear who’s behind it or what political perspective they’re taking yet, I welcome them to the local blog scene, and I thank Beachlime for bringing it to mine – and others – attention.
I look forward to engaging with them in the future!
Blog Renaissance or Blog End Times?
I’m still not sure if the time of the blogs is over or not.
Am I and the other active bloggers just lumbering dinosaurs, relics of a bygone online era?
Or are we still important aspects of online discussions, providing a different function than social media platforms like Facebook, or the interactive online news media platforms like Bernews and the RG Online?
Rather optimistically, I’m hoping for the latter…
And I’m hoping that the emergence of this new blog heralds a return to active blogging, of diverse perspectives, on local issues.
I don’t think people are going to flock back to traditional blog formats from things like Facebook, but I do think they can complement each other – and I’m still trying to use both in this way.
While the PLP were in power, the online blogs were largely hostile to the PLP, and by default appeared pro-UBP/OBA.
And in most parts it is those blogs, which were seen to align with the then Opposition, which have gone dormant or semi-dormant since the election, leaving the OBA largely free from online criticism, at least outside of Facebook.
It will be interesting to see if pro-PLP blogs form now, along with new, diverse and independent (non-aligned with either the PLP or the OBA) will form to fill the vacuum of online blogs.
Anyway, just musings on a Thursday night…