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The unlinked EU blogosphere

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Soon, a blog post of mine titled “On The State of EU Blogging” [link updated] will be published on the new LSE EUROPP blog. One of the claims I make there – without actually proving it – is that EU blogs “mostly coexist without too much interaction (in the form of links and comments)“.

I will show this empirically with the last 50 blog posts (as of 8 March) we have highlighted for the Editors’ Choice on Bloggingportal.eu (most links available on @bloggingportal2). It is just a sample, but in this sample only 20% of posts link to other blogs.

Blog posts without a link to any other blog or blog post:

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four, twenty-five, twenty-six, twenty-seven, twenty-eight, twenty-nine, thirty, thirty-one, thirty-two, thirty-three, thirty-five, thirty-six, thirty-seven, thirty-eight, thirty-nine, fourty

Blog posts with one link to another blog or blog post:

One, two, three, four, five, six

Blog posts with more than one link to other blogs or blog posts:

One, twothree, four

You might say that this just reflects our choice of articles on Bloggingportal.eu, but I feel that this pretty much represents the way most EU blogs are written.

There are many good articles, great analyses, thoughtful pieces, but there is very limited interest in fostering debates among each other in the Euroblogosphere. Even though many write about similar or the same topics, they do not refer to each other. Instead, most bloggers opt for debates with abstract entities (the EU Parliament, a DG of the European Commission etc.) instead of other bloggers with who they could enter into real interaction.

Finally, it is probably revealing that among the three most commented articles of all those linked above are this one by the EU-sceptic former MEP Daniel Hannan on the platform of a British newspaper (with over 200 comments) and this one by French eurogurujournalist Jean Quatremer (about 50 comments). En passant, this also kind of proves a second claim I have made on the EUROPP blog, i.e. that “[t]he most read euroblogs are probably those written by journalists“.

Update: I call on every EU blogger who reads this to link and actively refer to at least one other blog in the next post she or he writes. Let’s get a little social in the eurosphere!



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