There's been plenty of soul-searching on Australian weblogs this week regarding what's said online and how it's managed - that's right, the ole defamation and moderation two-step has been in full swing.
Firstly, a very fine post and discussion on writing and blogging appeared on Sarsaparilla early in the week - Georgina Hibberd had found a post on BuzzBalls'n'Hype about writers being expected to blog as a marketing exercise and posed some useful questions to some of the usual suspects at said space, who acquitted themselves magnificently. Writers as Bloggers is full of great small posts (so to speak) on what writers do about the online/offline thing, and showed how Australian blogging can really hit its straps, to the surprise of this reader who has been somewhat critical of her regional area of the blogosphere for some time. The Sars crowd gave a great demonstration of what blogging is all about - some were journos, some poets and novelists, others critics and writers of fine polemic, and one has done just about everything.
Signs that the literature blog is being read by those 'in the know' have been on the increase in recent weeks, and during this post just one link to a writer's work was sufficient to bring him into the conversation to discuss the all-consuming concern of the online flaming of public figures.