Dale departure sparks debate about future of blogging

The decision by veteran blogger Iain Dale to quit the blogosphere has sparked a debate about the future of blogging

Dale – widely acknowledged as the guru of political blogging in Britain, cited time and political backbiting as the reasons for stopping his daily blog, which attracted 130 000 unique visitors a month.

‘It’s a very aggressive, sometimes macho environment,’ he told listeners of this morning’s Today programme. ‘If you don’t defend yourself in the blogosphere, you get trampled on. Sometimes I’ve gone too far’

Meanwhile his co-interviewer, the blogging MP Tom Watson said Twitter had now replaced blogging as the medium for political debate and policy analysis. ‘I think the potency of blogging has gone.’

Dale disagreed. ‘I don’t think blogging is finished. There’s still a future for blogging.’

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