The Future of Green Blogging
We’re delighted to have done so well in the Total Politics Blog Poll. We’d like to thank you for helping us to finish 61st in the Total Politics poll of top UK political blogs. To finish second in the Green category, 6th in Scotland and 23rd in left blogs after only 6 months blogging was beyond even our greatest hopes. Now’s the time to thank all of our guest contributors – we’re very pleased to have been able to give you a platform, and to have had your thoughts on the important issues facing Scotland and the UK.
We also need to thank our readers. We’re delighted that you’ve enjoyed what we’ve written enough to place us so highly in the definitive poll for political blogs. If you want a platform for thoughtful, interesting, newsworthy posts we’re always open to guest posts. And even if you just want to keep reading, we’re always keen to have comments that add to the debate.
The success of Bright Green reflects the intellectual strength of the newest movement on the British political scene. We always wanted to make sure that we avoided the partisan hectoring provided by other blogs. We hope that we’ve been able to bring new and interesting insights to Green politics without ever veering into sycophancy or party back slapping.
To make a successful formula even more successful and to better reflect the range of posts we’re planning a few changes. This should allow a better focus on Scottish issues, while retaining news and views on and from Greens around the world.
It’s right that a successful Green blog is built on collective endeavour. We hope that by working together to produce a blog we show that a better world can be build by working together. Too often the worst excesses of blogging have been perpetrated by lone wolf bloggers pursuing their own fixations. The most boring blogs are those towing a party line, suggesting at every turn that their party has the answers.
At its best blogging can break up the dominant media narratives, and allow a platform for the best ideas to break through. Using news, comment and analysis to change the trajectory of politics is the revolutionary opportunity for blogging. That’s what we still aspire to.
Adam Ramsay encapsulates this in his recent piece on the generational focus of Coalition cuts. Our collective approach allows a range of strengths to come to the fore. Gary Dunion has given us a series of high profile scoops that have helped to create more accountability for the Green Party. Alasdair Thompson is always at the cutting edge of ideas, such as Land Value Tax and the role of technology in making the future. Maggie Chapman brings news from the frontline of defending public services, and making change in local authorities.
So here’s to another year of great, collaborative blogging. Let us know what you’d like to see more of and how we could be better. It might just bring on that revolution…