RTE -- We have a podcast from Liam Burke and 22 MB MP3 file of the 23 minutes that David McWilliams gave over to blogging on The Big Bite. The coverage produced an excellent set piece and some cool Flickr photos that introduce mainstream audiences to Irish weblogs. McWilliams drew answers from six bloggers cited below who have around 12 years of blogging between them and they provided meaningful responses to a variety of questions. We've written time cues below next to the questions posed by David McWilliams, the mainstream journo who should be blogging. On the day The Big Bite aired, this blog recorded nearly 500 more visitors than on the previous Tuesday. However, most of those extra visitors came in search of pictures of Pope John Paul II wearing Bono's sunglasses. Fewer than 15 came looking for "Irishbogs". On to McWilliams' questions:
- 0:50 What is a blog?
- 2:05 How did Slugger O'Toole start?
- 3:18 Why write a thesis on blogging?
- 3:40 What do you mean by a (blogging) community?
- 4:20 Your site is blather.net?
- 5:35 Do you think mainstream media reporters aren't given latitude to take an irreverent approach?
- 6:30 Why are people blogging?
- 7:00 Do you all talk together?
- 9:25 Gavin . . . why did you start?
- 10:15 Is it all about ego?
- 10:38 Caoimhe . . . what do you write about?
- 11:10 Do you think blokes write about elevated things?
- 11:45 So, blogs are gender-specific?
- 12:05 Do you think there is a more conservative, right-wing element in blogs than in papers?
- 13:50 How do you control for libel?
- 15:40 This is the innate democracy for the internet. Sue, do you think that?
- 16:05 Why do you think folklore is being lost?
- 16:50 Do you think mainstream media are enemies of bloggers?
- 17:53 The audience (for blogging) isn't quite there yet. Do you think it will be? Bonus Link: "Abandoning the News"
- 18:342 When does this (blogging) community become a mass market?
- 19:30 How can you make a living? Bonus Link: "I am making $1000 a month from my Google ads now," writes Russ Beattie.
- 21:55 What is the difference between hiring a blogger and hiring an irreverent hack?
- 22:45 Will blogging be part of journalism in ten years' time?
Download mp3 of segment.
Jon Ihle --"Blogging makes you famous"
Sue Walsh -- "Blather on TV"
Richard Delevan -- "I want my BlogTV"
Mick Fealty -- "Blogging on the Big Bite"
Caoimhe Burke -- "Madam, your 15 minutes of fame have now expired." You revert to being a tamale.
Gavin Sheridan -- "Big Bite Blog"