There is the tendency by those who follow EU social media to focus on the social media aspects of all this. There is the risk to lose sight that quite some substance is dealt with in EU-focused or EU-covering blogs.
Just some examples of very specialised blogs, eg.:
- on the Common Agricultural Policy,
- on the EU’s defence policy,
- on the Common Fisheries Policy Reform, including in local blogs,
- on cartel law (Germany & EU)
- on electronic communication law (German, English)
- on EU consumer law,
- on EU neighbourhood policy and policy in the EU neighbourhood
- on energy policy,
- on EU patent law and practice;
- on EU case law with regard to the internal market (French)
Other specialist blogs deal with
- Communication of the EU institutions,
- the case law of the EU Court,
- EU asylum policy and the EU asylum agency,
- lobbying and conflicts of interests,
All these blogs cover most relevant issues in their fields and following them keeps you informed about quite a number of relevant policy developments.
And then there are all the political blogs, some good, some bad, e.g. by EU Commissioners:
as well as by a good number of MEPs (see list on Bloggingportal.eu), all dealing with different policy areas, or blogging national ministers and politicians who also refer to EU politics from time to time. And not to talk about the economic blogging that has gained some traction recently due to the continuing economic and monetary crisis. Update: See the list of economic EU blogging by Grahnlaw.
It’s true, there doesn’t seem to be what one would call policy-oriented sub-blogospheres where bloggers specialised in specific fields interact regularly in heavy inter-blogs disputes. And that’s generally one of the problems of the EU blogosphere – the amount of inter-blog interaction is quite low, with Grahnlaw being one of the few who regularly takes account of other bloggers’ posts in what he’s writing about.
Nevertheless, I would guess that for any major EU policy development one can find blog discussions, either in specialised EU blogs or in specialised national or international policy blogs that can’t ignore developments at EU level. And unless you are a policy specialist, you will hardly come along these blogs – and so we are probably ignoring quite a lot of relevant policy discussions in all kinds of blogs or blog-like fora.