Puppydog tails — 12 April 2013

A blog is an on-line presence, a voice to be shared and stored for others to consume and comment. On-line pages have a shelf life of only 75 days according to the British Library who plan to store a billion pages for prosperity before they are lost into the ether. A lot of blogs are pretty lacklustre, but the best have a slight obsession to them – as with Annie Mole writing with a passion or frustration at London’s underground which has deservedly won many plaudits.

With a blog it is much easier to convince your audience that you are an authorative source, as by giving hyperlinks and images or videos they can be used to support your conclusions. Writing authoritively was once the province of the newspapers, but as local journalism has slowly met its demise a new source of local information has taken its place – the hyper-local blog.

Hyper-local blogs, often written by journalists, have become a reliable source of information and knowledge for communities. Without local newspapers it is harder to know what is happening in your area from the village fete to the local cricket match or the performance record of the local politician.

London is often described as a series of adjoining villages and for this the hyper-blog has come into its own. From Clapham to Clapton there is probably one covering your area.

Below are a list of blogs about London, divided broadly by area. This is not a definitive list of the best hyper-local blogs from London so if you have a favourite not featured here please let me know.

NORTH LONDON BLOGS
Love Camden – Camden
Kings Cross Environment – Kings Cross
West Hampstead Life – West Hampstead
The Kentish Towner – Kentish Town
Brunswick Life –  Brunswick in Bloomsbury
Park Life – Kensal Rise and Queen’s Park
Kensal Rising  – Kensal
Harringay Online – Harringay
Stroud Green – Stroud Green

WEST LONDON BLOGS
Fulham Road – Fulham
South West Six – Fulham
The West Way – Notting Hill
Chiswick W4 – Chiswick
Shepherds Bush W12 – Shepherds Bush
Hammersmith Today – Hammersmith
Acton W3 – Acton
Ealing Today – Ealing
Fulham SW6 – Fulham
Putney SW15 – Putney
Wimbledon SW19 – Wimbledon
My Notting Hill – Notting Hill
Brentford TW8 – Brentford
Wandsworth SW18 – Wandsworth
The Library Time Machine – Kensington and Chelsea

SOUTH LONDON BLOGS
853 – Greenwich/ South East London
Love Clapham – Clapham
The Blackheath Bugle – Blackheath
Greenwich.co.uk – Greenwich
Lurking About SE11 – Kennington, Oval, Vauxhall
Camberwell Online – Camberwell, Nunhead
London SE1 – SE1
Brockley Central – Brockley
Vassall View – Stockwell, Brixton
Brixton Blog – Brixton
Deptford Dame – Deptford, New Cross
The Greenwich Phantom – Greenwich
Streatham Pulse – Streatham
Loughborough Junction’s Blog – Loughborough Junction
East Dulwich Forum – Dulwich Peckham & Nunhead
Dulwich on View – Dulwich Village
WandsworthSW18 – Wandsworth
Stockwell News– Stockwell, South Lambeth
Cross What Fields – Creekside,Deptford
Transpontine – New Cross, Deptford, Brockley
Beckenham Town – Beckenham
Inside Croydon – Croydon
Tradescant Road – South Lambeth

EAST LONDON BLOGS
East London Local – East London
What’s In Wapping – Wapping
Loving Dalston – Dalston, Hackney
Yeah! Hackney – Hackney
Clapton Pond Blog – Dave Hill’s great insight into his area
Chatsworth Road Market – Hackney
Hackney Homemade Market – Hackney food
Blood & Property Living in Hackney
Clapton Pond Neighbourhood Action Group – Clapton Pond
Leabank Square – Hackney
Open Dalston – Dalston
Stoke Newington People – Stoke Newington
This Hackney Life – Hackney
Whitechapel Ghost Style – Whitechapel
Spitalfields Life – Spitalfields
Bow Report – Bow
Redbridge Eye – Redbridge
Isle of Dogs Life – Life on the Island

fingerALL LONDON BLOGS
Some of the best All London Blogs are to be found on the right hand panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Do you read any other London blogs?

Leave the link in a comment below and I will add it to the list.

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(6) Readers Comments

  1. Hi

    Can you add http://www.Progressestate.co.uk to your list to your South London list

    Based in Eltham (SE9) – the Estate is about to celebrate the Centenary

    Thanks

    • Consider it done

  2. Hi, Cabbie! Please can you add the excellent TARA blog (SW8 news)? http://tradescant.blogspot.co.uk/

    Thanks!

    • I have added Tradescant Road and South Lambeth a hyperlocal blog. Thank’s for the info

  3. Hi,

    I live in sunny Brentford, sometimes known as West Chiswick or North Kew… as if!

    We just love our London village and have our community website http://www.brentfordtw8.com/

    I also blog about my urban smallholding in Brentford to encourage Londoners to grab a bit of city in one hand and country life in the other http://www.HenCorner.com

    I hope this helps!

    Sara

    • Thanks for the link I’ll include it in the list. Re: your Hen Corner blog, like you I went on a bee keeping course last year, it was a 65th birthday present: https://www.cabbieblog.com/bee-ing-aware/

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