Ineptly heralded in the previous post, my ideas on whether or not Comment is Free is really a blog, and whether we need a new word for these hybrids. Oh, and punk rock as well. Many thanks to Patroclus for her inspiration on this one.
Interestingly, a few other bloggers have been raising similar issues of identity in the past few days. Anna Pickard, who blogs here but also works for The Guardian, seems fully signed up to the notion that what her employer calls a blog, is a blog: on yet another Guardian blog, on which she slags off Radio 2's blogging-related sitcom, she begins her piece "Hello. This is a blog." Which is nice and unequivocal, although I'm a bit worried that she might have expected a Radio 2 sitcom to be anything other than inane arse. (Which it is. And the central character is also a Scummer, which is worse.)
Iain Dale, meanwhile, who is best known for his own blog, but also blogs (should that be "neoblogs"?) at Comment is Free, often about blogging (are you confused yet?) points out that two prominent political bloggers have actually been enticed to dump their own blogs and reinvent themselves under new, corporate colours (in this case, those of The Spectator).
This is an interesting development. If someone were to pay you to neoblog on their site (presumably for money, but possibly with other contractual strings attached), would you be prepared to leave your own blog behind? Depends on the strings, I suppose. And the money. Although the question remains: would you still call youself a blogger?