Our EU blogathon article quietly lamented the small number of MEPs who blog. It seems to us that the most formidable ‘entry barrier’ to blogging is the frequent coverage of people who find themselves in trouble due to their blog. Every day unveils another blog controversy; a search of “blog + controversy” provides many examples.
The problem with blogs, especially in policy areas, is that the content is controversial, the ability for readers to easily comment invites criticism, anonymity escalates the tone, and the speed of digital amplifies any error. But none of this should keep one from blogging.
Following a minor uproar caused by one of his colleagues, a Google blogger offered some tips about how to practice safe-blogging. They are worth reading for anyone writing or considering their own blog.