Why have we changed the blogs at

Martin King
1940s photographer Why have we changed the blogs at

The way we were: Digital cameras, transmission and media weren't even the stuff of sci-fi for Keystone photographer Fred Ramage in the 1940s (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

In short, the answer to the headline question is simple: To make them better.

We wanted:

* to integrate them better with the main site, inheriting some of its look but still maintaining their distinctive feel;

* to raise their standards, using only in-house or invited bloggers, combining with our drive to improve the standard of comments;

* to continue pushing forward a site that is ever more social-media-friendly, incorporating our recently improved and well-received comments functionality;

* to add more sections to our popular Eagle Eye on politics, with newcomers comprising The Foreign Desk, Sports, Art and the widely-embracing Notebook;

* to enable our posters to add quicker views and analysis more easily.

The last point will be especially beneficial to The Independent’s overseas correspondents, with their busy and occasionally perilous lives. As long as they can send an email, that can be posted immediately, including any image.

The blogs are built with a standard WordPress system, incorporating our Disqus comments. We are demonstrating that globally standard programs can free mainstream journalism from the complex bespoke set-ups of the past.

Let us know any thoughts our suggestions. Other sections are planned and we’re listening…

Martin King, Online Editor,

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  • Ciaran Rehill

    Therefore it is merely commenting, not writing. What of this rumour amongst the slaves that some blogges may be chosen at random?

  • IndyOnline

    Never listen to rumours… MK

  • Ciaran Rehill

    Fleetwood Mac? Oh I see…RB.

  • Jimmy Leach

    Much better

  • Ciaran Rehill

    Dear Mr Leach, Just one question. I looked at Commentators and you still have Miles Kington. He has been dead for ages. WHY IS HE STILL THERE? Maybe it is a good idea to get a LIVING commentator.

  • Jack Riley

    Jimmy is no longer at the Indy, Ron. Disregarding your callousness, the Miles Kington section exists as an archive.

  • Ciaran Rehill

    Yes that’s me Ron “Callous” Broxted;)

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