Do you have to be American to be good at blogging?
I’ve just been looking at the nominations in the 2006 Weblog Awards and it’s interesting to see how much of a US bias there is. Sure there are some country specific awards but it seems that unless you’re from the land of opportunity, your blog sucks.
Something else which I picked up on was how few of the nominations I’d actually heard of. In the 10 nominations for Best Blog, for example, I’m only familiar with Boing Boing and InstaPundit, the latter only because of it’s association with Blog Bloke.
Perhaps I’d have better luck with the nominations for my own country. Ermm….nope. The only blog that I’d read on the list was the very funny JonnyB’s Private Secret Diary. No sign of the UK’s equivalent to Boing Boing, A Welsh View, which in my mind is one of the best blogs on the planet. Worryingly enough, the current leader, EU Referendum, is a political blog which I hate with a passion so I immediately voted for JonnyB and will do so for the rest of the competition especially since the political blog appears to have got it’s knickers in a twist about the whole thing.
Now I know that I could have nominated blogs myself but, to be honest, I was unaware that the competition was even taking place but I do have to question whether or not a political blog which has numerous contributors is seriously a good reflection of the UK blogging community. In my mind a blog should be written by one person, not a team. Collective blogging has it’s place but I see it as going against the whole philosophy of blogging.