Friday, 5 June 2009

My Welsh Blogosphere - Victoria Winckler

The drawback of being the 20th contribution to this discussion is that so much has already been said. So here is something short and sweet on my views of the Welsh blogosphere.

Six Things I like

1. The growing number of Welsh Blogs.

2. The potential of Blogs to be a space for debate, especially with such poor media coverage of current affairs.

3. The potential of Blogs to give people a voice who don't otherwise have one.

4. The potential of Blogs to scrutinise and challenge governments and politicians - in the absence of effective assembly or media scrutiny.

5. A lot of decision makers read and take note of Blogs. More people would blog if they knew this!

6. It is so easy to set up even I can do it.

Six things I don't like

1. The relative lack of women bloggers.

2. Nasty smear posts.

3. The lies that can be told by anonymous / pseudonym bloggers with no means of challenging them.

4. Stupid anonymous comments.

5. The tendency by some bloggers to see everything in terms of party politics.

6. It all takes time which I haven't got.

(Written by Victoria Winckler, Welsh blogger and contributor to the Bevan Foundation Blog. The Bevan Foundation is an independent think tank which promotes social justice in Wales. Individuals can join for just £25 a year and gets lots of good stuff to read and things to do. Visit their website Their blog aims for quality rather than quantity so to be sure you keep up to date subscribe to their RSS feed. )

This is the twentieth of a series of posts giving a chance for Welsh bloggers to have their say on the state of the blogosphere and where it's going. If you're interested in contributing place feel free to contact me at

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