July 26, 2010
Just a short post to Give Thanks for LobbyPlanet and LinoTheRhino for precisely puncturing our pompous reflections on the European public space:
“I blog as a cheap means of therapy … WordPress and my PC are my two sanity vents when used in combination
… should we truly care about the “influence” of euroblogs? Is the whole purpose not to create an image of EU stuff that removes a bit of the dust and shows it can be fun, interesting, important, a source of a job, etc? Or is that influence and is my definition of that concept too tied to my professional perspective where influence = power = uses and abuses = egoland?
Let’s hope the Euroblog does not become the Egoblog cause then I will have to find a new place to do my therapy”
Like all good stuff, it made me laugh and got me thinking.
“Why I blog”
There are a variety of reasons people blog: a search for “Why I blog” (with the quotes) gives about 160,000 results, so it’s a classic topic for bloggers to hold forth on.
My reason is simple. I’ve been working on communicating Europe online since 1995, and it shows no sign of boring me. This blog has been one way for me to work some things out. Because I’m doing it publicly I get a few good ideas along the way. And the human interactions help keep me interested and working away at it, despite the fact that most of these ideas will not be affecting me in my Day Job for a few years yet.
That’s the principal reason, but I suspect I have a few more. Like the fact that I just like writing, but don’t get to do it as much at work as I’d like. And the fact that I get to know people with similar interests.
I’m not really that interested in showing the EU as interesting or fun, or a source of jobs, but I do want to help figure out how to bridge the democratic deficit of ignorance which Tony Barber mentioned in his Farewell to Brussels.
Under the influence
I definitely don’t blog to influence anything or anyone, because it doesn’t. For others it might.
But then again, how would I know? It’s not as I’ve even been a lobbyist, or an accredited EU journalist, or worked at a corporation or an NGO, or been a young political science PhD, as so many eurobloggers seem to be.
So tell me: why do you blog? If I get enough ideas, maybe I’ll throw together a survey for September.
We could even make a report out of it…