UK PR blog drought, says PR Week editor
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PR Week UK editor, Danny Rogers, thinks that there is a "shortage of good PR blogs in the UK".
Featured in MediaGuardian's My media spot, here is what Mr Rogers says about his new media choices:
brandrepublic.com and mediaguardian.co.uk are essential for media and marketing news. bbc.co.uk for podcasts, downloads and interactivity. Google news for finding out just about anything. And tripadvisor.com has completely revolutionised how people find holidays. I find blogs useful for getting feedback on the industry but there's a real lack of good PR blogs in the UK at the moment.
From that choice - his publishing house's own marketing portal, the Guardian's own site and the BBC "for interactivity" I'd hazard a guess that there's not a Bloglines account in Mr Rogers name.
But, really, I would like to know, has he read the following blogs? They really aren't too bad:
- Drew B - senior consultant at LEWIS
- Niall Cook, UK PR blog pioneer and H&K man
- Stuart Bruce, senior practitioner and PR's angel of the north
- Stephen Davies, PR graduate with a brilliant blog
- Hugh MacLeod, one of the most popular and original blogs in the world
- ...the World's Leading... - gossip-mongerer idiot, but in a good way
- David Rossiter, top AR man for Insight
- Tony Bradley, CIPR President
[Sorry if I've missed you out, I'm in a rush - think of this as a UK sample off the top of me feeds...]
And that's just the UK. The other thing is that the conversation about PR is not a UK conversation, it's not even European - it's global. The commenters and visitors to my blog over the past 24 hours were only about 20% from the UK and included people from New Zealand, the US, Canada, Portugal, Ireland, Germany, Argentina and Ecuador.
I'll send an email to Mr Rogers as I guess he doesn't take a look at Open very often.
What do you think? Is he right? Does it matter?
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Danny Rogers was god enough to come back to me with this repsonse:
Thanks for sending me those links. You may be right and I simply haven't seen some of the best ones yet.
I think it does matter. As a journalist, blogs are an invaluable source of opinion on the industry - and can provide very productive feedback [on] our content.
There is a danger that some people's rather ill-considered views are given disproportionate attention, or that soem people make snap judgements on our editorial work without understanding the huge range of people we have to cater for, but that comes with the territory.