I first came across Sunny Hundal at the excellent Pickled Politics and since then he's carved out a strong niche for himself at Liberal Conspiracy, and Comment is Free as well as writing for a whole number of other publications. Sunny's focus on building a left blogging community and providing campaigning tools has made him an incredible online asset to the left.
In the fifth in my short series of interviews with fellow bloggers we discuss American blogs, political influence and the drawbacks of team work.
- What are the highs and lows of blogging for you?
- You've very much focused on group blogging. What are the strengths and weaknesses of that approach over going it alone?
The problem with group blogging sometimes is that people feel a bit official and that they can't do small, off-handed posts because they have to maintain a certain standard. That ends up making those blogs less personal than they should be.
The strength is obviously that you have more content and more energy in a group blog.
- How politically influential do you think blogging has become?
Saying that though, blogs are read by people within the Westminster circle - so there's more potential to influence the decision makers and influential people with ideas and narratives. Right now though, I don't think we're at that stage of maturity and consolidation yet. I see even more consolidation amongst blogs as absolutely essential before they start making an impact.
- There seems to be a very clear separation between the A List blogs and even the best of the rest. In your opinion what's key to becoming a top political blogger?
- If you could imagine a perfect blog - what would it look like?
Quick fire round:
- History or economics? Economics.
- Fourth Plinth - hot or not? Hot
- Guardian online or hard copy? I'm an online child.
- Afghanistan - troops out now? Nope - need to stabilise the country.
- Action movie or comedy? Comedy.
- Coffee or beer? Beer.
- Opera or Oprah? Neither.
- Benazir Bhutto or Yasser Arafat? That's like a rock or a hard place! Probably Bhutto.
- Liberal or Left? Left more than liberal.
- There's a free ticket on the next space shuttle - do you go or do you send your enemies? I'm off! I've always been fascinated by space.