Sep 04 2007

DebateIT: Blogging is as Useful as Talkback Radio

Published by at 12:01 am under Aussosphere,Australia,Australian Blogs

I nearly forgot to mention a debate coming up in Sydney the week after next (thanks Anthony for the reminder).

When: Wednesday 12th September, 2007
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Museum of Sydney
Corner of Phillip & Bent Street, Sydney
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Cost: $50 (inc. GST)


Graeme Philipson, Founder, Connection Research (who recently wrote “The Lost Art of Blogging” which I discussed in “Why Australian Bloggers are “Under Represented“)

Chris Gilbey, CEO, Vquence Pty Ltd

Tony Walker, Manager, ABC Digital Radio Hugh Martin, General Manager, APN Online Australia

Moderator: Catherine Fox, Deputy Editor, BOSS Magazine.

You can register at Slattery IT.

Laurel’s got some discussion as well – Media, TalkBack Radio and Professional Amateurs. It should make for an interesting debate.

2 responses so far

2 Responses to “DebateIT: Blogging is as Useful as Talkback Radio”

  1. Ottavioon 04 Sep 2007 at 7:45 am

    Very interesting, I just read the lost art of blogging; Graeme Philipson makes some good points about why we are not “natural” Bloggers.

    This is consistent with my own experience; I have found that trying to engage Australian Bloggers (on my blog) is almost an exercise in futility. They just do not bite. Now one may argue that it is the subject matter of my blog that is the problem, but I find this simplistic. It is something else almost elusive; unless they are academics, work in the media or writing circles Australians appear timid online.

    Just recently, I decided to let my friends in Melbourne know about my blog so I emailed some 15 of them introducing them to it. It came as no surprise that only three (3) even responded via email and none have engaged (left comments) via the blog. Yet the same exercise with Western Europeans and in particular, Americans would yield many responses.

    I hope you report on the upcoming debate in this blog.

  2. Megon 04 Sep 2007 at 1:15 pm


    To an extent, it might depend on whether your friends are bloggers. I’ve found that generally non bloggers are much more reluctant to comment, and particularly if the subject material requires an in depth knowledge.

    I’ve only told a few of my family and friends about my blog (because for the most part, I don’t think many of them would be particularly interested), and very rarely do they comment (but I know that they read it, because they refer to things I’ve written when we catch up).

    Sometimes, people like to lurk for a while as well – to get a “feel” for your site. Your blog is quite young, and about a defined topic, so it might take a while to build up a dedicated group of readers and commenters.

    All going to plan, I hope to report back about the debate.

    Thanks for your input.