Mathew Lowry

Next Tuesday (14/6) I’ll be running a short panel with Gergely Polner, spokesman for the HU Presidency of the Council of EU, three other BloggingPortal editors (Joe Litobarski, Alia Papageorgiou and Ronny Patz), and Dr Mark Pack, one of the editors of Lib Dem Voice in the UK, on “why there isn’t a bigger and better EU blogosphere – and how we might change that”. If you have any questions or suggestions, post them in the comments below and I’ll try and work them in.

I say ‘try’ because the evening is also a party, so we won’t have more than 30 minutes – at least, with the mikes on and cameras rolling.

But they should be rolling long enough to capture me getting egg all over my face, as this is precisely the sort of ‘Brussels Bubble‘ event – a launch party on Place Luxembourg for the Brussels branch of lobbying company MHP Communications (Mark’s their London-based Head of Digital) – that I would normally deride (example, example), being composed of Brussels-based denizens discussing amongst themselves why nobody outside the Bubble pays them any attention.

So I thought it was interesting that a lobbying company would ask me to come and speak on “how we might change that“. In my opinion, BloggingPortal is a key infrastructure for building bridges between the Brussels Bubble and national policy conversations, so I accepted when they agreed to fly in 1 or 2 BrusselsPortal Editors from France, Sweden, Spain or elsewhere to join me in a panel, rather than just have me pontificate for half an hour.

Life being what it is, I guess it was inevitable that none of the BP editors from outside Brussels could tear themselves away from their day jobs. Typical.

Fortunately Mark will provide an excellent perspective from a widely read, nationally-oriented blogger who freely admits doesn’t have much understanding of EU affairs.

My current idea is to ask each in turn 1-2 questions, exploring what the various different players in the EU online public space – bloggers, journalists, lobbyists, the Institutionalised – can get out of it, and can put into it.

But I don’t want it to be theoretical – expect each of them to provide one or two Top Tips on the practicalities of starting up a blog on EU affairs, getting someone’s attention through social media, or building up an audience.

So if you have any questions, post them below, and come along if you can to ask them in person. I’ll try to prioritise questions from people who can’t make it because they’re not in Brussels – attendees are welcome to buttonhole us after I’ve cleaned off that egg.

Update: Ronny’s written a pretty damning account of the evening. The conversation’s over there – go check it out.

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  1. Blogging maybe at lower levels but I see the main problem as a lack of tweeting. When many in the Brussels Bubble complain about the lack of communication in Member States on Brussels news surely the easiest way to tackle this is to get tweeting! What does the panel think about the blogging/tweeting nexus? Why doesn’t the Brussels village tweet as much as the Westminister village?

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