Monday, 26 October 2009

Round and round in circles

I've been blogging for a short time and a few of my posts have made it into the mainstream media - they sometimes contact me, other times don't - the timing and IP addresses the only indication of the imminent demise of original thinking in the old media world.

But the most frustrating thing? Blogging changes nothing; I struggle to see what kind of difference the whole blogging thing makes, other than as a source for lazy old media journos stuck on a slow news day.  Meanwhile in bloggyland the gang members remain gang members assured by their political dogma - be it red, yellow, blue or green.  The non line toeing frustrated outsiders get more and more inflamed, I read 100s of blogs on a range of subjects every week, almost all eloquently exuding a back pressure that would blow the doors off a nuclear bunker.

Cue internal monologue:

What's one inept girl to do in the face of overwhelming injustice? Blog? Is that it? How can I possibly cover all that is wrong in a way that can change anything?  Do I have the time, not to mention language skills to make one iota of a shift? Is this just a pointless ego trip?

Time for some vino and bit of navel gazing methinks, answers on a New Labour apparatchik or Conservative's still beating heart please...

Is blogging just vanity publishing?

EDIT: Rab C is a victim of the lazy MSM


  1. Only if you are not on the sniff.

    The ground is being used to hone the skills of our next controllers. Whilst the window is open though the possibilities are infinite.

    If you can stay awake try going back into the archives of Alan Watt

    Then you will realise how little time we've got out here.

  2. As most of the stuff I post is cut and paste from other sources my vanity is not involved. My major beef about bloggyland (like it) is it's difficult to get an argument going. If folks take exception they leave and don't return although sometimes they leave a parting shot.

    I did manage a wee argument on Bella Caledonia recently and am trying to get one going on Scotsvoices. It's not like the old threads on the Herald though - those were the days.

    I do think eventually blogs will emerge that can sway opinion and motivate change. But at the moment blogs seem to be little more than mutual admiration societies.

  3. Blogging Fatigue Polaris ?

    Scunnert, not so much a mutual appreciation society more like why one gravitates to one crowd in a pub rather than another or indeed go to this pub rather than that one.

  4. This is a joke. This is all a joke.

    Mother forgive me.

  5. @Incoming - I'll have look at Alan Watt's stuff, at first glance it does look like yet another conspiracy theory, NWO and all - he doesn't seem to provide an intro or summary to his hypothesis.

    @scunnert - Its a paradox, the few real debates I've tried to get involved in (one at MrM's place comes to mind) I feel I either end up looking like a ranting idiot, or the two sides are so far apart that there is no common ground - a situation I find myself in often on SNP sites. The comment threads are dominated by their team members, 'dissent will not be tolerated!'. So where is the debate? If somebody convinces me of an error in my ways (as happened at OH's place recently), I thank them - and amend my standpoint - that atttitude seems sorely lacking elsewhere in the bloggysphere.

    @banned Not so much fatigue, as to wondering why do it... I like your blog, but I do not necessarily agree with everything you say, and if you inflame me I will comment or agree if that's the case. But all too often a comment expressing a dissenting view on other blogs is welcomed by a heid kicking and then the ignominy of being completely ignored (Guido's and Liberal Conspiracy are good examples of this tactic being the standard) - so where is the debate if your own blog isn't frequented by many/commented upon?

    @MrM - please expand Niko - how a joke?

  6. Polaris..

    When it comes to vanity blogging then you canny put me in that list lol, im no the best writer around.

    I only do a blog coz im interested in politics and none of my mates are so hiw do i express myself?

    Plus you get to read other peoples thoughts and debate with them.

    The blogs i follow keep me well up to date on politics North and south becouse you cant trust the Labour media in Scotland to tell the truth.

    I do think blogs make a diffrence, not a large one but they do and in the years to come i think blogging will have a lot of power to shif public opinion.

    Plus blogging fun, i get to call Jackie Baillie a fat cow and Kazier Dugtails (That inept hyper 29 year old Labour boot on Easter road) a Fann#. :)

  7. LOL AMW - I think you are right about OTHER* blogs being a worthwhile source of intelligence and entertainment (*that is other than mine). I just wonder, as a fringe blogger - not part of one faction or another - whether it's worth the effort, apart from the opportunity to abuse, does it actually matter?

  8. Of course it matters.

    Of course we all go through 'blogging fatigue' but the mere act of putting your thoughts into the blogosphere is theraputic in a way.

    It's very easy to be caught up in bandwagons and mob mentality. I have learned to avoid these if possible, but sometimes it's fun to go along for the ride.

    However, blogging can be a victim of it's own success. My place has been far more successful than I ever thought it would be and I'm struggling to understand why. I don't write particularly well, most of the stuff I blog about is covered better by others. When you feel you 'need' to blog rather than 'wanting' to blog, it's time for a break.

    Funny thing is, in real life I hate drawing attention to myself, yet on t'internet it doesn't bother me. Perhaps it's the mask I hide behind.

  9. Of course it's vanity publishing—and (for me) catharsis too.

    If you happen to change something... well, that's a bonus.


  10. @ Rab - You are right, wanting to , and having to - by my 2 posts today I guess I answered my own plea, even if in humorous rather than cerebral posts - you sometimes just have to get it off yer chest - and as you say there is a liberating degree of freedom that you cannae indulge elsewhere.

    @ DK - I too find it cathartic, but just worry a little that it may be a tad self indulgent - then again I don't really expect anything back, as you say anything else is a bonus...

    I'll just go with the flow then?

  11. Polaris, thank you for your kind words and if you wish to post an opposing viewpoint on my blog please feel free to do so. I am capable of and enjoy rational debate and have done so with the fearsome Dark Lochnagar just recently !

  12. Of course blogging is vanity publishing, just as column writing is for the likes of Rees-Mogg and Toynbee who've managed to get tenure on national papers. And given that they get paid well and have a vast readership for stuff no better (and often much worse) than what you can find on blogs, I think the likes of us are being pretty modest as far as vanity goes.

    The best that most of us can hope for is to slightly enlighten and/or entertain a few people here and there. And to sharpen up our own thinking with a bit of public scrutiny. And just to enjoy writing. None of that's worthless.

    As the old saying goes, it's better to curse the darkness online than to light a candle and get wax dripped all over your keyboard.

  13. @Tom, thanks for your comment - You are absolutely on the money with the self-improvement thing; If vanity it be, then I think am willing to accept that - just for the benefits of the process of putting into words the chaos that is my conscious - and inviting comment, a learning experience indeed. Prior to this the only thing I had ever written were turgid reports and presentations - I formally apologise to any victims now...