01 January 2005
Live Blogging Trial

A few weeks ago I described how one might monitor the BBC a bit more effectively.  The other night I gave it a go and you can see the results here.

I’m not entirely happy about it.  For starters, it looks a bit of a mess.  It does so because posts are in chronological order, in other words the exact opposite of the blog standard.

It is a gut feeling that separate items must have separate postings (in order to generate relevant comments) and that they must be in chronological order.  It has to be earliest first because that it is the earliest items in a broadcast that are the most important.

The problem is that you end up with the announcement that some live blogging is to take place at the top.  Announcements like this, of course, have to be in reverse chronological order and that means that announcements and live blogging sections have to appear in different places.  For the time being, at least, I can make announcements of up-coming live blogging sessions here leaving BBC Watch (or what it ends up being called) for just the programmes.

There are a few other things I am not happy about:

  • Obviously parts of the sidebar will have to be sorted out - it’s a direct lift from here.
  • I don’t like permalinks etc appearing on the same line as the title - as they do in many cases.
  • I think broadcasts do need an introduction but perhaps it should also be a summary.  “Overview” perhaps.  And it should also include some summary information: anchorman, whether the broadcast was any good etc.
  • I am not happy about the categorisation

There are also questions about how to live blog.  I can’t write it all down.  Well, I could.  I could write out a whole transcript but that would be hard work and anyway, would it be all that valuable?  When it comes to a TV report the important thing is not the actual words but the impression it leaves.  Which first, words or pictures?  I think the words are what we have to go for for the most part.  But even that might not be that important.  The important thing is not necessarily the quality of the hooks but the fact that they exist at all.  It gives people a focus for comment which is what is currently lacking.

Anyway, what I am going to do is to see if I can sort this out technically and then, having done that, have another go a live blogging probably sometime next week.

Incidentally, if any readers do wish to comment on any of the items you are more than welcome to but just be warned that this blog is pre-production and posts may well get deleted.

Update  As you’ve probably noticed several things have already changed.  I’ve had a go at the sidebar.  I’ve also had a go at the categorisation which I am still not happy about.

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