Swansea blogs

by Richard on August 29, 2006

Writing about Jim’s World earlier today reminded me that I’ve been meaning for a while to do a Swansea blogs roundup. Now is as good a time as any. These are in no particular order…

I rather like The Pig’s Lip by Chris Elphick. What you get here is a mixture of personal blogging with pictures and information about the joys of the Gower peninsular, about which Chris is very knowledgable. Chris has spawned - if that’s the right word - quite a little stable of bloggers. His son, daughter and brother all have blogs too. A nice complement to Chris’s offering is sianikatts Gower travelogue, which also offers a glimpse of Britain’s first designated area of outstanding natural beauty. A different view of Gower is provided by A Year’s March Nearer Heaven, which by some strange quirk in the space-time continuum comes from a farmer’s wife living in Overton in the late nineteenth century. Not too many people had blogs back then!

I’ve been a fan of the john heron project for a good while. An unusual blog, in that it is mostly serialized fiction. Every now and again there comes a magnificent rant in which the author’s way with words is given free rein to marvellous effect. Not conventional by any means, but always worth reading.

One Rainy Day is the personal blog of Kevin Wheeler, a Customer Service Manager with T.K. Maxx. He also runs a web-hosting business. Hairy Tales is another personal blog by a young fellow called Curly who also has a picture blog, though not focussed on Swansea. Bewitched,Bothered, Bewidered has apparently been blogging since 1998, which makes some some kind of elder statesman. There ought to be a prize. Leightsworld follows the life of Leighton Williams, a Swansea civil servant. Be aware that the language can get a bit ripe in this corner of the blogosphere.

Wibloggers appear to thrive in this ugly, lovely town though they don’t all post regularly. Favourites of mine include Ramblin’ Folkie, Excited Rainbow Girl, Backburner and Rebranded. Others in the wiblog stable include Bimbling Along, the last burnt sienna crayon and Legally Blonde. Fine people, all.

One little town in southwest Wales, so many blogs. Who’d have thought it?

Update: boakes.org is by someone raised in Swansea has has some very good stuff about recent history.
If you know any other Swansea-related or Swansea-based blogs, I’d be glad to know of them.

[tags]Swansea, blog, blogs, blogging, wales[/tags]

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Curly 08.29.06 at 6:59 pm

Hi Richard - Thanks for the mention! I’m glad you’re making others aware of the blogging goings-on in out little corner of the country, I can see no reason why it can’t be as popular in Swansea as it is in London and some of the North American cities.

You may already be aware of blogcymru.com - that’s a good site for finding Welsh bloggers. I have no numbers to back this up, but I think that there are more Welsh language bloggers around than those of us using English, which I find very interesting indeed!

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blonde 08.29.06 at 10:27 pm

you missed out alice m and george who’re still vaguely swansea related, even if they most even less frequently than some people!

also Jean and Mike used to be Swansea people and v close friends living in Gower road (and in fact BabyBlonde’s Godparents) until they had to emigrate to Birmingham for job-related reasons. And last but not at all least, Pamela!

Thank you lots and lots for the link :) (i don’t blog often enough or interestingly enough to count in your top few!)

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Richard 08.29.06 at 10:51 pm

Thanks Alice - I didn’t know that Alice M, George or Pamela had blogs! I’ll add them presently.
You’re more than welcome to the link. I look at your blog more often than most others on my list.

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Rhys 08.30.06 at 5:11 pm

Just visited your blog via blogcymru.com (so it was worth getting listed!). another Swansea blog worth mentionig is Organic Jac.

Regarding what Curley says about there being more Welsh langugae blogs than English language ones (in or about Wales obviously!). I don’t think he’s correct, but it might appear like that because Welsh langugae blogging sprang up around a Welsh language messageboard called maes-e.com.

These blogs are very interlinked as someone sut up an ealry aggregator called Rhithfro.com* which generated a blogroll in each welsh blog, every time someone added their blog to the list, it appeared in everybodys blogroll! Now all the blogs appear on Blogiadur.com which is a sister aggregator of blogcymru.com, both being created by Aran Jones

Being in Welsh, these blogs imediately have a Welshness about them, where as Englsih languge blogs written in Wales could be written anywhere unless it specifically mentions locality or something unique to Wales in them.

*rhith being virtual, and bro being a localised area you have an affinity towards

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Mike 08.31.06 at 10:56 pm

Hi Richard

Thanks so much for the mention in the list, I’ll let Kevin (of One Rainy Day and a good friend of mine) know that you’ve given him a mention as well, I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.

Also thank you for the kind words, I realise that eight years (well, eight years next month) is a long time to have been in the blogosphere.

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Richard 08.31.06 at 11:25 pm

You’re most welcome Mike. there are obviously enough bloggers in swansea for us to have a meet up sometime if anyone’s interested.

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Liz 09.11.06 at 10:10 pm

Hi, I’m a Swansea blogger too! Good to hear of all these fellow bloggers locally. It would be great to meet up sometime. I am regarded by some as something of a freak for blogging!

I also write the Linden Church Blog http://www.extremelylinden.blogspot.com

I’ve just ‘claimed’ my blog on Technorati but I’m not entirely sure what that means or how I do this linking stuff. When I find out I’ll … do something!

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Leighton 10.07.06 at 6:51 pm

Hi,

Richard thanks for giving me a mention on your fab review, It was short and sweet but stright to the point. Cheers

p.s. I would love to know if people would like me to stop swearing or to blank it out or something for younger viewers, Ill work a way round it. I do apologise but its me too a T. SORRY!

Love From http://www.Leightsworld.com

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DDWT 02.13.07 at 12:18 am

Hi Richard - just thought I’d let you know about my blog ‘Mutterings for the Minority’, which is about my family and our daily lives in Abertawe - oh and me following the Swans of course :)

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