About bloody time

I finally got so irritated with myself that I twisted my own arm behind my back and updated the Troppo Armadillo blogroll!! I’ve tried to be as inclusive as possible, linking all Australian bloggers who can be described even vaguely as “political”. If your blog isn’t listed, it’s almost certainly an oversight rather than a deliberate snub, so feel free to email and remind me.

In fact, it started me reflecting on the development of Australian political blogging over the (almost) 12 months since I embarked on this strange form of disembodied self-abuse. Although I was anything but a pioneering blogger, there were only about 25 blogs that could reasonably be labelled political. The new list contains no less than 58 blogs. Of course, there are some that I’ve deleted because they stopped posting many months ago. Paul Wright and Bovination (who migrated to Oz Libertarians) are examples. Then there’s the wonderful Don Arthur, whom I won’t delete because I refuse to accept that his retirement from blogging is permanent.

Not only has the ozplogging community more than doubled in size. It was also apparent from compiling the updated blogroll that it’s become more “balanced”, in both a political and gender sense. The “warbloggers” no longer swamp other voices, and there are no less than 6 serious female ozploggers (which is still a pathetic proportion, but better than it was). Blogging is slowly maturing as a communications medium; a mixed blessing, I think.

I’m also remedying another bit of slackness by belatedly plugging Wayne Wood’s serial novel Southern Pearl. I haven’t started reading it yet, but I’m going to make some time this coming weekend, just as soon as I finish an article I promised Chris Sheil.

I feel much better now.

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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Gareth
2021 years ago

Ken, I’ve been blacklisted!

Ken Parish
Ken Parish
2021 years ago

Gareth,

Actually, I shamelessly stole your blogroll (because it was the best-organised and one of the most comprehensive) and augmented it. Sadly, I forgot to add you!! It’s fixed now, so you can stop getting paranoid.

cs
cs
2021 years ago

Ken, maaaaaaaaate … think of all those beers I’m gonna buy ya come early November.

a token lefty
2021 years ago

Geez, what do you have to do for recognition around here?

Ken Parish
Ken Parish
2021 years ago

OK Ben. You’ve been added. That makes 59.

James Russell
James Russell
2021 years ago

Carita Kazakoff has actually quit blogging just recently.

The Sanity Inspector
The Sanity Inspector
2021 years ago

Would you happen to have any information why Paul Wright stopped blogging? I surfed in here from a google search, trying to find out why. Email welcome, watch the spam trap.