Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Blog Nation?

I was talking with Ross the other day about the blog phenomenon.
He was telling me that he didn't think that blogs are as big of a deal in England as in America.  More specifically personal blogging isn't seen as much here.  Sure there are blogs that are connected to businesses/publications/newspapers.  There are blogs about technology or pop culture- but I'm talking about the kind of blogs I like to read (and write).

There are some seriously big blogstars out there:





These are people that have turned writing about their personal lives into serious money.  They've got thousands of readers, tons of publicity, book deals and even movies.  I can't find anyone like them that comes from/lives in England.

Is this just a cultural difference?  Maybe something to do with the non-profit culture so pervasive in the UK?
Perhaps I'm not looking in the right places?  Anyone care to point me in the right direction?





6 comments:

  1. Have you read amalah? She has her personal blog at amalah.com and writes the smackdown at alpha moms (http://alphamom.com/tag/advice-smackdown/)

    Not UK, but amusing.

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  2. I think he might be right - is that what you out of your blog?

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  3. @Wiley- Added to my reader. Thanks for the tip!
    @Betsy- I don't know. It was more general thinking that goal setting- though I wouldn't turn down anyone who wanted to give me money for my musings! :)

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  4. Tell Ross you know this crazy woman in Dallas that has about 80 blogs in her google reader. It can be a slight addiction. BTW I follow young house love too.

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  5. You're forgetting the success of Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which was based on the UK of Belle De Jour... tsk tsk!

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  6. Hmmm. I guess I didn't include it because, though it is technically a "real life" blog- it is a more fantastical one rather than normal everyday life. A fair point though.

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