What's blogging for?

Open discourse, freedom of speech, new and independent voices, knowledge tools, navigation guides to the net, new news carriers, nodes in a global network, virtual conversations. Take your pick. Alan Connor on the BBC Magazine looks at a range of challenges to the independent blogger.

A slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side of me and there is a bit of background about me here. You can email me using this spam-proof link if you really need to, and Slugger is @sluggerotoole on Twitter. But above all, remember, Play the ball and not the man.