In the Summer of 2003, David Weman, a Swedish student and avid blog reader, sent out emails to a couple of writers from all over Europe, among them Tobias Schwarz, asking them to collectively form what would become the first pan-European group blog. “This is the blog you want for creative, English-language coverage of European affairs”, we boasted in 2003, and looking at thousands of posts, from Eurovision to Laetitia Casta’s breasts, from the Orange Revolution to the NY Times coverage of Edward Hugh, our Euro Prophet of Doom, a slightly evolving roster of authors delivered. Twelve years is an impressive age for a blog, and A Fistful of Euros maintained very high standards year after year.
Now Berlin-based Jon Worth is one of the most prolific bloggers no European affairs since he started blogging on jonworth.eu. He also founded bloggingportal.eu, an aggregrator of currently 1132 blogs with European relevance.
Given the subject of this Re:publica - Finding Europe -, in this talk we'd like to take you back to the early years of blogging and tell you a little about the challenges, and opportunities of Euroblogging back then, what has changed since, and what the future may hold for Euroblogging.