Blogactiv Director

Thank you and congratulations to everyone that has been involved with the continuing growth of Blogactiv – and by default, the EU blogosphere. The growth continues…

Today, this post by EU Logos was number 7,500 to be published onto our homepage. Congratulations.

It was in February this year that Rado from EurActiv Slovakia posted our 5000th post, and less than three years since Stanley Crossick made the first post.

I have spoken to many people involved in blogging about EU matters over the preceeding two years. Everyone is convinced that the influence of blogging about EU policy matters is growing and will continue to do so, but there is no consensus as to how or how fast.

Whatever your own thoughts, EU blogging is growing in influence and in scope. This, I think, can only be a good thing. Blogactiv, of course, is proud to be a central part of this growth and the EU blogosphere as well.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has been involved with the development of Blogactiv so far. That includes the people behind the scenes that help to keep everything running, bloggers – old and new – and supporters.

And lastly, if you have something you would like to say about the EU world, we would love to read about it. Blogactiv is a location for specialised content relating to EU policy and politics and is always enhanced by the contributions of people interested and informed in European matters. If that sounds like you, click here to join us.

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  1. Hi Brusselsblogger,

    I hope you are well.

    I’d love for the platform to hit 10,000 posts this year, though I think that early next year is probably more likely…

    In terms of active bloggers, there are many ways to count that. I personally count the number of blogs that had a post that was published onto the homepage in a calendar month. That seems simple and realistic enough to me.

    The numbers?

    In slower EU policy months (like August) 50+ bloggers and in more active months (like this one) I expect that figure to be 75+ bloggers. That tends to translate to around 400 posts each calendar month.

    As you will know better than most, we have grown!!

    Much harder to quantify are the numbers of comments that the platform receives. Like most blog platforms, we get a regular bombardment of spam and I spend a few hours each week hunting it out and deleting it. But all that spam clogs up any mechanism we have to count comments, and so I genuinely don’t know.

    Best wishes,

    Stuart

  2. Reaction from an early supporter of Blogactiv and recent joiner as blogger:
    I am pleased with what was achieved.

    Indeed many people ought to be thanked for that. Including clients that made it possible to invest in support and promotion, I would notably mention Fondation pour les GĂ©nĂ©rations Futures, the .eu domain name registry, and the Commission DG Enlargement, interested in multilingual debate on what’s next.

    Admirable quantity and quality of posts like Stanley Crossick’s should not scare people off. You don’t have to blog every day or every week, you don’t need any technical knowledge, but just a few ideas. Preferably opinions, and with some relevance to EU policies, or to Europe in general.

    To help lower the threshold, here is my own case: since I opened my own EuRoman.blogactiv.eu blog, I posted around 25 posts (less than weekly, more than monthly). With wide variation, I receive on average 2 public reactions per post, and much more feed-back orally or by email.

    This keeps me going, and may inspire others who were not ‘born with web 2.0’, but have something to say.

    Cheers!

    Christophe Leclercq

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