looking over the edge of the teacup

Jamie Kenny complains that nobody reads his Chinese blogosphere roundups and, more seriously, that nobody else in the British blogosphere writes about anything Chinese. He has a good point (and I’d strongly recommend them to anyone who reads this who doesn’t read them).

Come to think of it, a hell of a lot of British blogging is hideously insular, and I think this is yet another example of the invasion of swine launched by the big-party – well – Conservative pro blogging operation after about 2005. Of course, there is a strong argument that we’ll all look a lot of clowns discussing some MGI in distant Gansu when George Osborne calls in the IMF so he can introduce MyNHS 2.0, now with hospital fees. I’ve occasionally wondered whether this blog is a bit too global, but seeing as this year’s hit was David Cameron poster remixes, I suppose I have my answer.

Daniel Davies had a month of African bloggers a while back, but one of the first rules of blogging is “put not your trust in Dsquared, as you will wait many years for that review of Freakonomics“. So perhaps I should pick on some supposedly significant branch of blogging. I’m already involved in a pan-European blog, of course, at least when I get around to posting anything.

Does anyone have suggestions?


  1. splinteredsunrise

    Not many people other than myself do Norn Iron stuff, although oddly my detailed considerations of Ulster Unionism don’t get many hits. The Catholicism threads do quite well, though not as well as SWP gossip. Tells you something about the audience.

    There’s no harm in sticking your head outside Westminster. The blogosphere is already full of people who either are or want to be Westminster village people. Less insularity can only be a good thing.

    • yorksranter

      For that, there is Slugger, surely. Also, that might involve reading and possibly even talking to David Vance, and life is too short.

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