[ Issue 47 ]

Language, literature, music, nature, the performing arts, hobbies, science and humour all deserve Emily Bronto's approval

Bikwil offers acclaim to language, literature, music, nature, the performing arts, hobbies, science and humour


In the Editorial to Issue 47 Tony Rogers considers the recent phenomenon of online diaries — otherwise known as blogs.

 Will Bikwil ever have one?

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Open Your Log-books
— Tony Rogers


Short for weblog, a blog is an increasingly popular type of Web site that contains periodic entries — a sort of online diary. Some blogs are the creation of single authors, while others have multiple authors. Many let visitors leave public comments, which often lead to a community centered on the blog. Others are non-interactive.

Most blogs are personal, where the “bloggers” (usually young, educated, affluent males) record their ideas and opinions on a regular basis, for all the world to read. Others have a more philosophical tone, still others a blinkered political message.

Some commentators praise the trend as “Grassroots Journalism”. Maybe, but few blogs show good spelling or grammar, let alone polished writing or literary merit. And as usual with the Net, dangers lurk — hoaxes, other forms of misinformation, bias . . .

Here’s an extract (chosen completely at random, you understand) from a blog called Semicolon:

While searching for something else, I forget what, I serendipitously stumbled upon this bimonthly Australian magazine/newsletter, Bikwil, subtitled The Home of Quiet Enthusiasms . . . Bikwil includes poetry, fiction, essays, a section called “Quintessential Quirky Quotes” and various and other sundry rather quiet and quirky contributions. (The editor seems to be fond of q’s, and it’s catching.)

As to whether Bikwil should start its own blog remains to be seen. I’m in two quasi-quandaries about it.

Would any readers care to venture an opinion?

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