The Guardian’s Comment is free blog, I’m writing about other stuff. It’s seems like fun, not a little bonkers, quite a bit different to our usual kitchen table banter over Earl Grey and Jammie Dodgers here or on any one of the other 1,000’s of foodblogs out there. My reasons for joining up are threefold,
Firstly I got invited. Secondly, I have a lot of time for this newspaper and the folk who dreamed the new ‘mega-blog’ up. And thirdly, I kinda believe the site represents an early form of the future of newspapers. A testing ground for pro-am journalism, if you like, but without the hard news. The content is mostly opinion, off the cuff commentary coupled with expert analysis. The comments boxes and very lively, often witty, sharp and argumentative. My absolute favourite response to my posts so far is definitely this, from someone called SpeakerToAnimals1,
"Learn the language of the natives or fuck off back to Grub Street."
That’s a perfect sentence. Give that commenter a blog. Worth watching next week is the start of Big Blogger – at the end of which one commenter, from a starting grid of five, will be voted in to join the Comment is free roster of
200 or so 500 bloggers. It’s an incredible lineup – go peruse – what the hell I’m doing among Bono, Tariq Ali, Sidney Blumenthal, Noam Chomsky, George Galloway, Germaine Greer, Douglas Hurd, Jeff Jarvis, John Pilger, Jay Rosen and tonnes more I dunno, but when I do know I’ll blog about it 🙂 Here’s my page at Comment is free and here’s the RSS subscription feed.