Found via a referral and then a couple of moments later via Euan Semple, Loic Le Meur is attempting to put together a rough picture of The European Blogosphere on his wiki – with core questions about the country’s main blogging platforms, total number of weblogs, famous weblogs, impact on mainstream media etc. I haven’t really had time to dig around in it as much as I’d like, but my first impression is that – as ever – what’s going on in the UK tends to get lost in the larger picture of English-language weblogs across the world. I mean, I simply don’t believe it’s true that there are only 200,000 UK weblogs in existence as opposed to the several million in France. My instinct is that these figures are artificially low because it’s so hard to technically differentiate with statistical analysis alone (and without any strong weblogging platforms aimed directly at people in the UK) which weblogs are British, which are Irish, which are American (or Canadian or Australian or English-speaking French / German etc).
Anyway, in a nutshell, I don’t think the page about the UK adequately reflects the culture of weblogging that I’ve seen in the UK over the last five and a half years. So I’m going to go and try and improve it now, and I thought I’d ask in public for Brits (and people from the rest of Europe) to come and help me find trustworthy information online that can help Loic give a fair representation of what’s actually happening. The link again for those of you with a short attention span: The European Blogosphere.