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Saturday, 17 January 2009

The Derek Draper Guide to Weblogging 2009

From Derek Draper's Duffers guide to blogging:

"The 'blogosphere' is a community of internet users sharing information and ideas through web-based platforms known as 'blogs.'

Agreed. Fine examples can be found both here and here.

"Associated with the term is the idea that blogs are all somehow interconnected to form part of a wider blogging community, or social network."
 
Again we're agreed.

"It is these communities that facilitate rapidly spreading viral content on the internet and new cultural phenomena, known as ‘memes’."

Ah yes memes. You know there seems to be a new meme rapidly spreading through that community Derek, and it involves your good self

From: Derek Draper
To: Tim Ireland
CC: Greg Jackson, Sue Macmillan, Tom Miller, Alex Smith
12:33 PM

see below, in caps
.....

ARE YOU SO NAIVE THAT YOU THINK I/WE WILL BE ABLE TO ANSWER HUNDREDS OF COMMENTS? YOU MAY GET 0, 11, 8 and 2 (YOUR LAST FOUR POSTS) WE GET HUNDREDS EVERY DAY. WE ARE BUILDING IS A CONVERSATION AMONG A COMMUNITY NOT A BI-LATERAL SERIES OF DISCUSSIONS WITH SELF-IMPORTANT BLOGGERS. ONCE AGAIN, MASS MEDIA VS GEEK GHETTO. I HAVE TO SAY I AM GETTING BORED OF THIS

"So you refuse to answer any questions about your use of creative material without credit? Again, I want to be absolutely clear on this point."

WHY DO I CARE IF YOU'RE CLEAR OR NOT? WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

[Derek Draper]

www.labourlist.org
www.flowvideo.co.uk
www.diy-therapy.com
020 7486 2400

MIND Journalist of the Year

Now I was pleased when I first heard about LabourList. There's definitely a place for a Labour version of Conservative Home and LabourList seemed as good a spot as any.

And if the Labour Party was genuinely interested in reaching out to the grassroots, then a site like LabourList would be very useful indeed.

But if 'reaching out' means shaking down certain members of that community for ideas, whilst mocking certain other members for not being 'MASSMEDIA' enough, then I think I'll pass for now.

But then what does that really matter to you eh Derek? I mean, who do I think I am?

16 comments:

lefty said...

I thought Draper was meant to be some kind of PR whizzkid. He doesn't seem like it on the evidence so far.

AdamB said...

Well he's certainly getting the site a lot of attention.

Anonymous said...

This is all a bit boring isn't it? So Derek didn't want to reply to Ireland's comment. So what?!

Roger Evans said...

Conservative Home benefits from its sense of humour and independence from the party. Neither of these comes across as a quality Draper possesses.

The left needs a blogging figurehead with both attributes - step forward The Troll...

AdamB said...

Thanks Roger. I agree that ConHome does work well because of those things. Aren't you due another contribution soon?

I wouldn't agree that the left has any real shortage of the attributes you mention though. It's just easier to use them when you've got Conservatives in power.

Alex said...

May I suggest that Tim Ireland gets over himself?

AdamB said...

You may. I do think that he has a point here though. If Derek Draper genuinely wants to engage with bloggers then it's not really a great idea to begin by pissing them off for no good reason. Of course he doesn't have to answer Tim's questions if he doesn't want to, but he doesn't have to go down the 'don't you know who I am?' route either. Having said that, I understand that Tim Ireland does have a tendency to piss off some people himself.

Olly said...

Prepare for a moment of pedantry but I think DD's guide to blogging was actually written by Tom Miller - http://newerlabour.blogspot.com/ - who I'd add to your fine examples above.

AdamB said...

Yes I've probably been a bit cheeky attributing it to Derek Draper but he is the editor and you would assume that he would sign up to the rules of his own site.

As I said before there does seem to be some good people involved with the project and I think it does have the potential to work. I'm just not sure that DD understands what he has to do to actually make it work. Perhaps he should spend more time listening to people like yourself and Tom Miller and less time having lunches with Iain Dale.

BenSix said...

"Conservative Home benefits from its sense of humour and independence from the party."

I know. That "Tim Montgomerie" character they've created cracks me up every time...

Tom said...

That routine about why Gaza needs to be bombed into bacteria, like yesterday, is consistently hilarious.

I reckon Harry Phibbs is invented, too.

AdamB said...

Don't you do cryptic crossroads? 'Phibbs' is obviously the clue there.

AdamB said...

Oh and if anyone needs further evidence of why Derek Draper is bad news, he has supplied it for us here.

Anonymous said...

Wake up Tory troll, conhome is beating you to it!!


Boris saves the Kenbassies
Memento mori, as the Mayor of London Boris Johnson will know, means:"Remember you are mortal." Perhaps he needs to get a sidecar to his bike and hire a slave to mutter this to him. First of all comes the disclosure that Boris didn't pay his hotel bill at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. He didn't do a runner - he left the Council Taxpayer to pick up the bill.

In terms of propriety he could have justified this had he also gone to the Labour and Lib Dem conferences and done the same there leaving the Council Taxpayer to pick up the hotel bills for all three. But, of course, he didn't and a more satisfactory solution would have been for him to have paid his own hotel bill in Birmingham and to have left his courtiers behind. Just to respond that he is following the rules isn't good enough.

Secondly, comes news today that he is saving the Kenbassies, five out of the six International Offices set up around the globe by Ken Livingstone. (The one in Venezuela will close.) The argument has been produced that in a recession "helping" business is all the more important - but so is reducing the Mayor's Council Tax precept which thus far is merely being frozen. After years massive growth during Livingstonian excess the people of London might hope for a cut in money they are forced to hand over, even if it means foreging these "International Offices."

AdamB said...

Sorry. Really busy. Embassies u-turn happened months ago and was covered on this blog. Hotelgate on the other hand is a complete non-starter.

Tom said...

'His party flag is deepest puce,
With fleur-de-lis in pale chartreuse'

[with apologies to Round the Horne]