Welcome to our first Midweek Mayhem thread for 2009!
I would like to start off this year by thanking everyone (on behalf of me and joni) for all your contributions since the blog began. Can you believe it’s been over a year now?
As many of you know, Blogocrats came about after the demise of Tim Dunlop’s Blogocracy site over at news limited. Me and joni threw our heads together and with joni’s IT knowledge and my encouragement from the sidelines “Blogocrats” was born.
To be honest, we didn’t really know what we were creating. We had no mandate, no goals or objectives and no idea where we were heading or what we were going to end up with. A bit like the Liberal party really.
So it’s really been the involvement and participation of everyone that has made Blogocrats what it is today.
From our humble beginnings, we now have on average about 2000 visitors today, with approximately 10% of visitors leaving comments. While it would be great to have more visitors leaving comments, this is still a great achievement that we can all be proud of.
Along the way, we have also come in for some criticism. Some have accused us of not being “balanced” while more recently there has been concern about offensive and/or sexist comments being made. While some of these comments may be made in jest, it is important to consider that what one person thinks is “a joke” another may find highly-offensive.
Therefore I would like our “policy” or at least “our philosophy” to be moving forward – “if in doubt, leave it out”.
Also, me and joni are not “moderators” of the blog. Your posts are automatically published. Which I think offers a better experience for us all. The downside is that the occasional offensive comment can get published unchecked.
Therefore it is up to all of us to monitor comments, and report anything that you feel is offensive directly to me and joni, and if it is appropriate I can assure you that we will act.
Turning to the issue of “balance,” we never set out to be a “balanced” web site. We simply provide a forum for everyone to share their views, and post topics for discussion which may or may not be inherently balanced in nature. It’s then up to the rest of us to discuss and debate the issues. Which is what make’s it all interesting.
So now I would like to hand the forum over to you.
Maybe you might like to suggest what you would like to see happening here this year, areas that we might be able to improve upon, or any other ideas you may have.
Lastly, a reminder that Blogocrats doesn’t belong to me and joni. It belongs to all of us. Anyone can post a topic for discussion and we invite you to do so. You need only send us an email.
So let’s make a conscientious effort this year to make Blogocrats a place of welcome for everyone, from all walks of life, with all our differing views and opinions, and a place where we can all grow and learn from each other.
Reb (and joni).
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