A message from Johnny

23 Jul
As a relative newcomer to the European blogging community (Ooh, Brussels! has only been going for 10 weeks) I’ve been struck by how lively and thriving the EU blogging scene is.

Debate is informed and constructive and also close-knit: there seems to be a real network of readers and bloggers promoting the medium as a good way of communicating and discussing European affairs.

I’ve also been delighted that this close-knit community isn’t closed to outsiders. No sooner had I written a few posts, I was included on the EU Blogging Portal’s list and thanks to Twitter and bloggers such as Eurogoblin and Europasionaria and Greg H word has got around quickly. I’ve been pleasantly shocked at just how many readers return to read.

There’s a long way to go before Ooh, Brussels! is as good as their blogs, or as good as any of the others listed along with this one on the Fleishman-Hillard’s selection of Euroblogs or the Blogging Portal’s list of blogs.

(And while I’m on the subject, take a look at that list here, to vote for your favourite blogs before Sunday.)

This blog will develop over time but the idea will still be, primarily, to focus on a UK audience to try to make the EU relevant, interesting and written about from an unbiased perspective.

Thanks for you support. Please come again.


7 Responses to “A message from Johnny”

  1. Europasionaria July 23, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    Hi Johnny,
    Indeed the Euroblogging community is a dynamic one, always happy to see new quality Euroblogs emerging.
    What might not appear at first is that Eurobloggers (at least bloggingportal editors) actually know each other quite well, be it on line or off line. I think that adds to the general warmness and welcome vibes of the Euroblog bubble. We should meet up some time!

    • Johnny Erasmus July 23, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

      Thanks Europasionaria. Dynamic is indeed the right word. And there seems to be a real generosity of spirit among everyone to promote each other’s blogs.

      Yes it would be good to get to know you and the other Eurobloggers. I wonder whether we all do it for the same sorts of reasons.

  2. Eurogoblin July 23, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    That’s Eurogoblin! 😉 And this post has just been promoted to the front page of Bloggingportal – because one of the things the EU blogging community is most worried about is being closed to newcomers, and it’s good to hear you don’t feel that’s the case!

    • Johnny Erasmus July 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

      Oops, sorry mate. I’ve corrected that now. Obviously some Eurogremlins got into the system. Either that or I’m a careless idiot.

      No, it’s true. I don’t feel there’s an attitude of closure to newcomers at all. Quite the opposite in fact. Plus, there is some really interesting stuff being written. It’s just a case of finding enough hours in the day to read it all!

  3. Europasionaria July 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    hehe I kind of liked Eurogremlin actually… 😀
    Johnny, you got my email address. Just drop me a line and we’ll organise something.
    PS: I promise to keep your secret identity secret.

    • Johnny Erasmus July 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

      Ha! Well I was just wondering whether to try to get a Johnny mask.

      I’ll be in touch.


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