Is ‘Live Blogging’ Really Enjoyable?

Filed as News on January 13, 2009 11:01 am

Earlier today BH had an entry on CoverItLive, software that allows you to add more dimensions to live blogging, such as polls, videos, pictures, etc.

I understand that ‘live blogging’ is a growing phenomenon, but something about it leaves me flat.

Every blog I am visiting these days seems to say “Live Blogging the Obama Inauguration.”

Even though I consider myself pretty well versed in new media, I prefer to watch historic events the old fashioned way: on TV. Heck, I’ll even pick up a newspaper. I’m not suggesting that blogs don’t do a nice job covering these events. I think it’s a great way to fill in the gaps of major media coverage. It’s also a way to get some unique perspective from different ‘storytellers.’ However, when it comes to BIG events (new president, SuperBowl, etc.) I can’t see opting for live blogging coverage if other alternatives are available. I can see it being an option for things of a smaller scale (new iPhone release, press conferences, and so on).

Don’t hate me, I’m just being honest. And I ask the same from you. What are your thoughts on live blogging? If you know of a great archived example, include the link below for me to check out. I’d love to be ‘sold’ on the concept.

Do you pay attention to ‘live blogging’ events?


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  1. By Tim posted on January 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm
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    Agreed about watching on TV. About the only events I will monitor via a live-blog are live events that don’t include live TV (in my case, that would be major poker tournaments). And then, only if the writer is excellent, with an ability to bring out the human interest side of the event as well as the “reporting”.

    Occasionally, I will read a live-blog after the actual event if I care to read how the blogger viewed the event as it unfolded.


  2. By Chris Norred posted on January 13, 2009 at 11:53 pm
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    Live blogging seems useful for covering niche activities on which nobody else will publish reports. For the inauguration where there’s voluminous reports, I would only follow a live blog if it were a personal friend. But that might be the whole point? Have we reached the day where everything worth reading can be written by someone we know?


  3. By dimitri posted on January 14, 2009 at 3:24 am
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    Live blogging is the perfect thing to do when you attend to a web2.0 event ie. Also you can live blogging a political debate or a simple cultural performance.
    Live blogging depends on the level of traditional journalism that is being made in a given country. In USA you can easily trust a newspaper, in Romania you’ll need a second opinion before you make up your mind.


  4. By Rubylene posted on January 14, 2009 at 3:57 am
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    For sure Live Blogging is fun… today, most people blog because in that way they can express their thoughts. I, myself enjoy blogging.. I can whatever gets into my mind… and I’d able to exchange ideas with other bloggers…


  5. By Janet Altman posted on January 14, 2009 at 10:51 am
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    Live Blogging is a natural progression of events for journalism. Akin to live television or live radio. There’s nothing really new about the thought, just different medium. I have Live Blogged before at events and I will tell you that my only main concern was that the connection (wifi) was secure. Digital security is a very big issue out for journalists who value the integrity of their information being published.


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