Introducing libcom's bloggers

Blogging

A brief introduction to the bloggers on libcom.org, new and old.

As part of the ongoing redesign of the site, we've been increasing the prominence of the blogs section as it contains some of the best original content on the site. So far this has meant moving blogs to the top of the site menu and inviting a host of new people to blog on libcom. We hope to get more people involved in the near future, but for now here is the roster of new and existing bloggers:

  • Tom Jennings - Reviews of films, TV and books from a libertarian communist perspective.
  • The Croydonian Anarchist - A sixth form student focuses on political goings on at their college.
  • Working Class Self Organisation - Comment on the days events from around the world.
  • Phil/Property is Theft - Phil Dickens' more theoretical blog, looking in-depth at issues of anarchism and anti-fascism.
  • Choccy - A teacher's view on education, science and the occasional bit of Mixed Martial Arts.
  • Spartacus - Monthly round-ups of the class struggle in East Asia.
  • Bulmer - China-based blog reporting on class struggles in the region and exploring libertarian communist theory.
  • StrugglesInItaly - Information on current struggles in Italy, "an international echo to Italian social movements".
  • Recomposition - A group of North American Wobblies with autonomist Marxist influences write about work and organising.
  • Nate - One of recomposition, blogging individually as well.
  • Juan Conatz - Unemployed/casual worker. One of the recomposition crew.
  • Liberté Locke - A barista from New York City and an organiser with the IWW Starbucks Workers Union blogging about issues of gender and class.
  • Alasdair - An Edinburgh education worker blogging against the cuts.
  • Caiman del Barrio - Analysis focussed on Latin America, and casual work in London.
  • Chilli Sauce - Labour law, workplace organising and more from a UK education worker.
  • Omar Ibrahim March 26th Anti-Cuts Prisoner's blog - Omar Ibrahim was imprisoned after the March 26th anti-cuts demo in London. This is his blog.
  • Rob Ray - Media, journalism, and comment from a London-based journalist.
  • thegonzokid - Thoughts on anarcho-syndicalism and working class history.
  • Django - Analysis of the far-right and debunking myths about claimants, the public sector and more.
  • Wotjek - Anarchism, football and more.
  • Steven. - Council worker writes about public sector struggles, and also a place for all the hipster crap we won't let him put on this libcom blog.
  • Ramona - Anthropology and full communism from an Edinburgh based teaching assistant.
  • Joseph Kay - Libertarian communist theory and analysis.
  • And finally, libcom itself, this blog, used mainly for site announcements.

Apologies if we've missed anyone out. Let us know if we have. Behind the scenes we're looking into automatically generating an up-to-date list of bloggers. Bloggers will also notice there's now a little box in the sidebar with their profile picture, username and a short blurb. The blurb can be edited in your account ('blog info', in the personal tab).

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Mar 5 2012 11:31

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Chilli Sauce
Mar 5 2012 18:25

Guys, chuck in that I'm an education worker, too!

EDIT: sorted.

Spassmaschine
Mar 5 2012 19:31

Red Marriot
Samotnaf (ooooh, controversy)

Joseph Kay
Mar 5 2012 19:37

Red's not blogging (yet?) as far as i'm aware. I'm sure we'd be happy for him to mind. Samotnaf left.

Fwiw, bloggers can edit what appears in their blurbs in the 'blog info' section of your profile.

Joseph Kay
Mar 5 2012 19:53

We did forget Trotwatch, though it's not had a new post in a couple of years.

Spassmaschine
Mar 6 2012 06:35

Ah my mistake, I assumed all the Bangladesh, Nepal etc stuff Red posts was in blog format.

Juan Conatz
Mar 6 2012 06:54

I thought Akai had a blog, too?

So mostly UKers with a handful of Americans and smattering of Europeans right now? Should get some more folks!

Steven.
Mar 6 2012 12:25
Juan Conatz wrote:
I thought Akai had a blog, too?

she stopped using her blog, and instead posts news

Joseph Kay
Mar 6 2012 12:31

If all goes to plan in the next few days we should be able to automate this, e.g. have an alphabetical list of bloggers generated automatically. That way we won't miss anyone!

the button
Mar 6 2012 15:07
Joseph Kay
Mar 7 2012 13:00

there's now an alphabetical list of all current libcom bloggers here: http://libcom.org/bloggers

Choccy
Mar 7 2012 21:48

Remember Fallback did a blogpost about THE BAD PLACE

bulmer
Mar 8 2012 07:34
Joseph Kay wrote:
there's now an alphabetical list of all current libcom bloggers here: http://libcom.org/bloggers

Shouldn't the links link to the blog of the user, rather than the user profile?

Also, is this going to be linked from the blogs page as well? EDIT: Just seen that it is, but maybe it could be a bit more prominent. For example, instead of just saying 'more' under the featured blogger, it could say something like 'Full list of libcom bloggers'.

bulmer
Mar 8 2012 10:42

I don't mean to keep picking faults but .... groucho

When 'Phil' is the featured blog, because he has a link in his intro, the box becomes bigger and sticks out of the central column of the page.

Joseph Kay
Mar 8 2012 10:55
bulmer wrote:
Shouldn't the links link to the blog of the user, rather than the user profile?

the problem is automating it. it can be done, but doesn't link to the blog with a nice alias, but one with the number in the URL (e.g. blog/1768). profiles look a lot nicer in the new theme, and there's both a blog info field and a link to the blog, so we'll see how it works when we switch the new theme on.

bulmer wrote:
Also, is this going to be linked from the blogs page as well? EDIT: Just seen that it is, but maybe it could be a bit more prominent. For example, instead of just saying 'more' under the featured blogger, it could say something like 'Full list of libcom bloggers'.

done.

bulmer wrote:
I don't mean to keep picking faults but .... groucho

When 'Phil' is the featured blog, because he has a link in his intro, the box becomes bigger and sticks out of the central column of the page.

that's not a problem in the new theme, so we'll leave it for now.

Choccy
Mar 10 2012 10:31

I was going to delete yet another Nashal comment, but it reads like actual Deleuze/Guattari.