Blogging from Portugal

Author: Cristina Farinha at:

http://www.labforculture.org/en/users/site-users/site-members/site-committors/site-moderators/cristina-farinha/blog/51850

Our current research in focus “Cultural Blogging in Europe” proposes to map the European cultural blogging scene.

It came as a surprise that quite a few bloggers from Portugal, right from the launch, inserted their profile in the interactive map. I got curious to get to know them and understand their reasons for blogging in this field. Thus I have sent out by email a 3 question survey to all those listed in the map as well as to a full list of cultural bloggers who had enrolled for a meeting that took place this February in Portugal, in a total of 54!

The following analysis is a very brief, preliminary and personal view of the 18 answers I’ve received back. It does not claim to describe or acknowledge the cultural blogging scene in Portugal. I have just put together some insights on the group of bloggers that kindly answered (see bellow who are the respondents). Let’s meet them!

What do they blog about? Do they focus only in Portugal or also beyond?

These blogs consist of analysis, commentary, promotion and discussion of events, ideas, projects, works, experiences and feelings. Their content relates to culture, arts, creative industries, ICT and new media spanning disciplines such as theatre, photography, visual arts, music, radio, museums, archives, literature, poetry, and urbanism.

Writing mostly in Portuguese, their target is the Portuguese speaking world though their cultural references as well as content goes beyond borders to include events and issues with an international scope. Their blogging knows no physical borders.

Why do they blog?

Basically, it seems they simply have a lot of fun with the internet. They like to express themselves and exercise their writing skills. Some started to blogg in order to organise their ideas and manage the flow of information they saw themselves drawn into. Or they saw blogging as a great media to communicate with their students. Many wanted to promote their own work.

But above all they feel a need to spread “their word” and beliefs, to disseminate their knowledge as a way to come across soul mates. Blogging is also a mean to make contacts and develop exchanges with people in the same wave length.

Essentially, sharing is the most common reason why they do it. Bloggers feel they learn a lot from discussions and comments. They recognise interaction allows them going further.

Some bloggers mention the need to give incentive to a spirit of community very much needed in the arts sector where individualism and a sense of elite have been predominant. Others lack critical reflection free from lobbies and prejudices and blogg to feel in this gap.

Does their blogging connect to their offline activities?

In some cases blogging comes before their professional or personal activities. Some respondents referred to opportunities and invitations that rose after their blogging. Others started to blogg because they needed a tool to inform, express and communicate what they do offline.

The classical division between time of work and free time makes no sense when trying to explain what they do. As it happens with artists and most intellectual and independent professionals, it is impossible to separate life from work, in their cases, blogging from working or having fun. Blogging comes out as an extension of themselves.

What about other fellow bloggers from other countries across Europe?

Take a look at the in-depth interviews published under the Cultural Blogging in Europe research. In case you are a blogger yourself, do not hesitate to inscribe your blog helping us to map the European cultural blogging scene. If blogging is all about sharing after all, take this advantage to overcome languages, connect to other bloggers across Europe and meet each other.

My sincere MUITO OBRIGADA! to all those who took the time to answer:

Antiframe; Conexão; Culturascópio; Emuseu; Guia dos Teatros; Incomunidade; Indústrias Culturais; Lua Cósmica; Museion; Não Venhas Tarde; Netfm; Notas Soltas de Pedro Penteado; Obliviário; Ophiusa; Paperback Cell; Reactor; Retrovisor; Vai Uma Gasosa?


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