Scottish Roundup – handing over the reins

I have decided to take a sabbatical from Scottish Roundup. Since setting it up almost four years ago, I don’t think there has been a week where I haven’t been trying to gather nominations, arrange the rota of guest editors or actually produce the roundup itself. But I have much less spare time on my […]

Voting in the Scotblogs awards has begun

I’ve been neglecting this blog a bit (what’s new?). This week, this has been because most of my blog time has been spent on the Scotblogs awards. The voting phase began on this week, and will continue until 8pm on Wednesday 27 January. For the full details, visit the Scotblogs awards page on Scottish Roundup.

The Scotblogs awards

Over at Scottish Roundup, I have written the introductory article about the Scotblogs awards. One or two people had suggested to me that it would be good for Scottish Roundup to run a blogging awards scheme, and after testing the idea out on a few bloggers it was agreed that it would be a good […]

Time for another bloggers’ meetup?

Over at Scottish Roundup, Will’s latest roundup was titled ‘The Blogosphere BBQ‘. It got a few people licking their lips. On Twitter, @milkmiruku said: “how bout an RL BBQ at some point? maybe even with debates or suchlike?” Then in the comments, Yousuf and Steve chipped in, which led me to wonder if it’s time […]

Iain Macwhirter and the relationship between the media and bloggers

Part one of this article was published yesterday Further evidence that Iain Macwhirter is struggling to see beyond the model of the media comes from the fact that the blogs he cites as “very good and intelligent” are both offerings from the media. Paul Krugman’s blog is funded by the New York Times while Robert […]

The perils of blogging

The Scottish Parliament’s newest MSP has found herself getting a bit of attention from the media because of her blog. Anne McLaughlin, known to bloggers as Indygal, has become the SNP’s newest Parliamentarian following the sudden and sad death of Bashir Ahmad. The first story I saw about her blog in the media was actually […]

Helpers wanted for Scottish Roundup

Once again, I have found myself in the situation where I need to reduce my commitment to something due to a lack of time. I’ve already reduced my role in Scottish Roundup a bit since I set it up two years ago. I had, however, hoped that more people would nominate more posts. Unfortunately, it […]

A change in the sidebar

I know this sort of thing bores most people to tears, but I wanted to point out a change I’ve made to this blog. For a long time I’ve wanted to bring more attention to the stuff I do elsewhere — my other blogs, Twitter and the like. This blog still gets more visitors than […]

Halp! I’m squashed between Brian Taylor and Calum Cashley!

Sorry, this is all navel-gazing stuff. But since I mentioned it already, I should probably point out that the results are up. If this happened on the train I would probably be complaining quite vociferously. As it is, I lie between the Brian Taylor and Calum Cashley in Iain Dale’s top 40 Scottish political blogs, […]

My dad can has blog

For those who haven’t put the two and two together, my dad is Jack Stephen who can sometimes be found in the comments on this site. (I can tell you, it’s strange calling my dad ‘Jack’ just so that other people can follow the conversation properly.) Over the weekend I set up a blog for […]