Blogactiv Director

Blogactiv has a joint celebration today – the third birthday of the platform and the 500th post of Stanley Crossick. To celebrate, Raymond Frenken from EUX.TV and I visited Stanley a couple of weeks ago to interview him on camera. With so much experience of EU matters spanning several decades, we wanted to hear his… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

Today is the third anniversary since the first ever post on Blogactiv by Stanley Crossick. At that time, neither EurActiv nor Stanley knew what blogging in and about EU affairs might become. One thing was for sure, it has become much bigger! Today also marks the 500th post by Stanley, a look back at how… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

Activating Your Spam Filter

A real problem in the online world – and blogging in particular – is spam. It is unrelenting, automated and usually offensive. As someone in charge of a blog platform, I can tell you that it is the bane of my life! But if you are a blogger that uses Blogactiv (or WordPress more generally),… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

Earlier in the year, I was fortunate enough to meet Google’s Head of the Anti-Spam team, Matt Cutts, when he came to Brussels. While talking about search engine optimisation, he mentioned that Google actually likes SEO. He described it as being a way for websites to put their ‘best foot forward’ so that they gain… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

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… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

US$300 in tax for a blog?

Let us hope that so many of the new ‘ideas’ in the United States do not manage to make their way to the United Kingdom and then on to Europe. Like this idea from Philadelphia. Really? A $300 ‘business licence’ and taxes to run blogs making less that $100 per year. It sounds a little… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

To continue this occassional series of posts to explain blogging, lets take a look at blogrolls. On Blogactiv, a blogroll can be found over one the right hand side of the page under the title, “Elsewhere”, but on most blogs would be known as’ “Pages I Like” or simply a blogroll. When first starting on… » read more

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The Issue Of Net Neutrality

In the press over the last few weeks, there has been some coverage of a rather detailed and hard to follow – but very important – topic. Net neutrality. I can admit that I don’t fully understand all of the angles of the topic. As with many tech issues, the different companies and groups seem… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

A Brussels based consultancy, Waggener Edstrom, has released a report about the level of influence in the EU policy area by bloggers. It focuses on the Brussels based, English language EU blogosphere. Unsurprisingly, Blogactiv.eu and bloggingportal.eu are considered to be central to the blogosphere. Happily, 9 of the top 40 most influential blogs in the… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge