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As Paul at Liberal Burblings puts it: His Daley Dozen will continue, his blog will still be there and he’ll be updating it with posts when he feels like it. Which is….er…..blogging. Oh, and he’ll still be tweeting – which is micro-blogging. So this is the dramatic flounce exit-that-isn't-really-an-exit which those of us who have been active on the internet since the early nineties are so wearily familiar with. He's going to be like Dorries, isn't he? One of those bloggers who pops up from time to time to whine on about how he hates blogging and bloggers are all stupid and evil, and what he does isn't blogging at all, no sirree...

The less frequent posting to The Tosser's blog is a bittersweet victory for those of us who love blogging, and unlike the lovely Justin I won't be getting the champagne out. It is clear from the content of Dale's post (which, as per my policy, I'm not going to link to) he is giving up blogging because his blog has acheived its aim, and got him a career as an overpaid, underbrained media darling. So we have yet another media personality for whom we can bewilderedly wonder how they got the job (like Claudia Winkleman on Film 2010, for example).

Like Paul, I was particularly amused by this bit: I hate the backbiting that goes along with (blogging).I hate the character assassination that is permanently present. I'm sure your many targets feel exactly the same Iain. The political blogosphere in the UK used to be a small and friendly place, with a collegiate atmosphere on all sides, and now it isn't. That the change seems to have been concurrent with the rise of Westminster bubble gossip bloggers like yourself is entirely coincidental, I'm sure.

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Date: Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] daweaver
we have yet another media personality for whom we can bewilderedly wonder how they got the job

Indirectly, through not being as rubbish as Jeni Barnett.

Readers with long and retentive memories will recall how this LBC presenter began 2009 by spreading unscientific nonsense and misinformation about vaccines, for which she was personally criticised by broadcasting regulator OFCOM. The phrase "It appeared that during this broadcast the presenter relied upon her anecdotal experience and was not adequately briefed on the wider public health issues" is amongst the most sharp criticisms I've ever seen from the regulator.

After a period of face-saving from LBC's owners Global, during which they hoped we'd forget anything had ever gone wrong, Miss Barnett's contract was terminated in September this year. The scheduling musical chairs led to a vacancy in the evening, filled by the erstwhile candidate for Norfolk North, a man who had single-handedly turned a Lib Dem majority of 483 into one of 10,606.

Not being as rubbish as Jeni Barnett is not the most tremendously taxing task, and Mr. Tosser appears to be attaining his usual level of excellence in pursuit of that goal.

Date: Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zoeimogen.livejournal.com
His comment about feeling obliged to do five posts a day surprised me. I do wonder at people who seem to think quantity is really that important - I'd rather follow someone who produces one original piece a week than thirty plus pieces of so-so writing in the same period!

Date: Thursday, December 16th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] matgb
True, but to get and maintain a position as a 'top blogger', you do actually need that output of posts.

If you want to stay top of the ranking, at leasts two posts per day is the bare minimum you can get away with.

What he's effectively announced isn't "I'm stopping blogging" but "I'm not bothered about being the country's top blogger anymore".

(I did some experiments around this a few years back, several posts means one is likely to get incoming links, and then that propagates, that's especially true of 'normal' people, for whom such things as RSS readers are an arcane science)

I would also prefer to read a few well thought out pieces than lots of spam, but if you're good at the spam and the think pieces, and have the time, then it can be an effective combination.

If you're just doing think pieces, and want an audience, then you effectively need to get into a group blog of some sort, or have a lot of people willing to link to you (you've got that, others haven't)

Date: Friday, December 17th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
"a man who had single-handedly turned a Lib Dem majority of 483 into one of 10,606."

Which will no doubt be turned into a majority of zero, by the wholesale betrayal of the morals, principles and policies of the Fib-Dem Liberal Hypocrites/Democrats.

There must surely be no other political party in UK history which can lose so much polling support in less than 9 months. A steady and unprecedented decline from 33% in April 2010 to only 9% in December 2010. I'm giving the Guinness Book a call!

The Liberal Democrat Party have signed their own death warrant in this country. Fact.

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