Fuse #8

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Why Doesn't Britain Blog?

Well why doesn't it? Over the last few months I've delighted in finding great blogs from Canada like Students For Literacy Ottawa. In Australia there's a veritable plethora of Australian children's blogs like Read Alert and The Misrule Blog and websites like Inside a Dog. So where are all the British children's literature blogs? The only one that comes to mind is the Achockablog which my computer refuses to let me read at work for some reason. Considering how many children's books come out of that particular area of the world, shouldn't there be hundreds of children's literature blogs too? I can't count Neil Gaiman's since he lives here in America. Why this oddly barren landscape? It's boggles the mind.

9 Comments:

At 1:34 PM , Blogger Liz B said...

Jumping onto your question with one: what about Ireland? Anyone have any good Irish childrens lit blogs?

Liz B

 
At 2:31 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland... heck, why don't I know any Indian children's literature blogs?

 
At 6:55 PM , Blogger gail said...

I sometimes have trouble viewing Achockablog, too. Perhaps that's why the Brits don't blog more. Perhaps they have a technical issue.

 
At 9:12 PM , Blogger Kelly said...

Michele at Scholar's Blog is from the U.K. She focuses on fantasy, but still.

I gave up on Achockablog too, just because I can't really read it ever (loads too slowly)

 
At 3:22 PM , Blogger Michele said...

I focus on fantasy and children's literature as well. I've added some reviews of non-fantasy titles of late: Elise Broach's Shakespeare's Secret, Louis Sachar's Holes and The Boy Who Lost His Face, and Guus Kuijer's The Book of Everything to name just a few...

I think that part of the problem may just be that we've not caught up with you in America yet; Blogging is still a fairly new phenomenon over here. And also that the British bloggers are not very well known. I know that I only know of a small number - Farah Mendlesohn's SF-focused "The Inter-Galactic Playground" (http://farah-sf.blogspot.com/) is the main British one with which I'm familiar.

 
At 5:55 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Well, I hate to break it to you Michele but I think you're the only blogger we can really officially recognize. I have complete and total respect for SF-bloggers, but unless there's a distinct interest in children's literature somewhere, I can't count 'em. Plus I believe you're on the Child_Lit listserv. That makes you doubly qualified to hereby be prounced Official Children's Literature Blogger of the British Realm.

 
At 5:11 AM , Anonymous Hallie said...

No desire to take anything away from Michele's well-deserved award, but Farah's Inter-Galactic Playground is 'A web site dedicated to children's literature and particularly children's science fiction'.

Now Irish ones... I'm afraid nothing is coming to mind. Which is odd, as children's lit is definitely thriving here too.

 
At 2:23 PM , Blogger Michele said...

Thanks for pointing that out, Hallie, it saves me the embarrassment of accepting the award, which Farah really ought to have, not least because she's been Blogging a lot longer than I have (I haven't even reached my first year yet !). Not that I'm ungrateful Jen, but in the interests of accuracy, I should point out that Farah's also on the Child_Lit list !!

 
At 2:09 PM , Blogger Tockla said...

I know I'm posting quite late here, but I'm a British blogger (originally American, but don't tell anyone!).
-Laura

 

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