BLOGMINSTER’S OLD “ABOUT” PAGE

FOR INFORMATION ONLY (BLOGMINSTER IS NOW CLOSED)

      WE FOLLOW MPS, GOVERNMENT AND PARLIAMENT NEWS AND BLOGS.

      250 SOURCES COVERED.

      OVER 50,000 SEARCHABLE ENTRIES.

      UPDATES THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

A recent interview about blogminster.com is here.

WHAT IS BLOGMINSTER?
Blogminster seeks to bring you a live view of the workings of Parliament through the commentary of insiders as well as departmental, parliamentary and government news. In addition, it gathers local news items that often languish on MPs’ individual websites and highlights them as they happen, to provide a richer picture of the daily work of MPs.

We also reviewed in detail the web presence of all members of Parliament. Wherever we found a blog or a topical story feed, we included it here.

Our process is completely automated, and this is reflected in some duplication and typos that appear in the content – as we serve it raw, without any sauce or pepper.

We currently include content from around 250 sources. This makes Blogminster one of the most comprehensive sources of Westminster news, and we hope you find it useful and informative.

Did you produce any other sites?
Yes. Online SEO training course Sierra Echo Oscar, is a one-day online interactive SEO certification programme. Lawminster.com is a resource site for LLB students, providing guidance on how to do well at law school.

DO YOU HAVE A PARTY AFFILIATION?
Blogminster is not affiliated to any party or political body.

WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO COPYRIGHT OF THE CONTENT YOU GET FROM OTHER SOURCES?
We are very careful to ensure fair use of the content we display. To that end we would never include more than a short excerpt of a source article, and then a link back to the original (which would generate traffic to the source site). We also always ensure we credit the entry’s source in a clear, unambiguous, way. In every case where an MP’s blog is included, we have contacted that MP to ensure there was complete transparency of how we use the content. In many cases MPs were also happy to provide us with their views about digital interaction between MPs and the public, which we included in their profiles.

Crown copyright material is distributed under the waiver of copyright that applies to the reproduction of official press notices and releases.

For other public sector information used, and where applicable, the new Open Government Licence applies.

For parliamentary material, Blogminster Limited is holder of parliamentary licence number P2010000054 and PSI license number C2010000312.

If you have any concerns or misgivings about the inclusion of your content on Blogminster, please contact us right away. We are proud of our integrity and our prompt response to any issues.

DO YOU INCLUDE ALL MPS IN BLOGMINSTER?
We include any MP who has a live blog/Twitter account that has been updated in recent times, or has a topical news feed that can be used for the news section. If you are an MP whose blog or news site is not included here, please contact us, and we will be happy to add you to Blogminster.

DO YOU INCLUDE RETIRED MPS OR PPCS?
Blogging MPs retiring from parliament will continue to be covered here, but their designation will change to ‘retired’. Note that retired MPs who were not previously covered will not be added, and for those existing we will only keep those who blog about topical political issues. We do not include Party Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) in Blogminster as they are not in government and not elected.

WHAT IS THE BENEFIT FOR AN MP OF HAVING THEIR BLOG INCLUDED ON BLOGMINSTER.COM?
Blogs are launched for an audience, and Blogminster increases your audience and gives your online voice more exposure. It is also a glimpse of the future of democratic debate, which is turning more interactive and allowing voters more access to their representatives, through the Internet.

HOW DO I GET MY BLOG TO THE TOP SPOT AT THE HEAD OF THE PAGE?
The top spot on the homepage on Blogminster always displays the latest entry to come in. If yours is the last post we picked up, then your entry will be there. This process is completely automated.

WHY DOES MY BLOG APPEAR IN THE NEWS SECTION AND NOT THE MAIN BLOGGING SECTION?
In cases where blogs are used for stories (mostly in the third person) or for press releases, we file them under ‘Statements/News’. Where a blog includes more personal commentary, then it is filed under blogs.

HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU?
Please use our contact form in the first instance. It can be found by clicking here.

Legal disclaimer: the views expressed on Blogminster.com that are derived from third party sites belong to their authors alone, and are not produced nor endorsed by Blogminster Limited.

Terms of Use and Privacy policy: our full Terms of Use and Privacy policy can be found here.

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