In his state of Australian blogging post, Trevor Cook has produced what looks to me like an excellent overview of the Australian blogosphere. There are links to a number of notable bloggers and some great comments.

Overall, blogging in Australia lags behind the US and probably behind some Asian and European countries. Why? One reason is that we usually do. Australia’s population is made up of a few thousand people who have a genuine global view and who are very much at the cutting edge but the bulk of the population are followers of international trends (we’ll try something when it becomes the rage overseas).

In a comment on the post, I echoed a query there by Aussie Microsoft blogger Frank Arriga about business blogging. Trevor’s response is encouraging about the prospects for takeup of blogging by business in the coming year. 

I share that optimism and I’m very keen to see a business blogging conference happen in Australia next year, perhaps along the lines of the recently concluded Blog Business Summit in San Francisco. To that end I have been exchanging ideas with some of the people mentioned and linked in Trevor’s post. There is a variety of views on what is desirable and needed, suitable location, time of year and so on. Anyone who has ideas about what could or should happen is welcome to email me at [email protected] or leave a comment here.

In encouraging comments and suggestions on this subject, I should mention that the way the commenting is set up here, I don’t get your url just by virtue of your having entered it when you register as a reader/commenter – so I have to diverge from the exhortation of Darren Rowse not to leave your url in your comment and ask you to do so or I may not be able to get back to you except by way of further comments. But please, no excessive sigs (I reserve the right to delete content-free comments with blatant promo sigs, but I know that’s not you, dear reader ).

By the way, some people tell me they find it too much of an imposition to register here as a reader, but I’ve decided that there are enough examples of blogs being overwhelmed by comment spam for me not to want to have the kind of low security environment that permits that. See for example this post by Darren Rowse to show how serious the problem can be and how challenging it is to solve.

At the same time, I don’t want to have a spam killer that kills legitimate comments. So the system here requires a once-only registration and it works for all Blogware blogs, just as when you register with Typekey or to leave a comment on a Typepad blog it works for other Typepad blogs. Although I have to say I’ve been irritated lately by my Typekey ID not working. I don’t think there’s going to be any simple, foolproof, ubiquitous system, as long as there are spammers on the loose.

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