Earlier this month, Miscellaneous Voices #1: Australian Blog Writing was launched. The collection contains writing by Jessica Au, James Bradley, Maxine Clarke, Tiggy Johnson and Damon Young, as well as the work of many other writers. Geordie Williamson wrote in the Australian that its arrival indicated that ‘blogging is no longer a technological curiosity but an established means of communication, with its own establishment figures and young turks, its canons of merit and critical gatekeepers, and a set of advantages over the printed word that inspire utopian dreams and dystopian nightmares in equal measure.’
Since the book’s release, there has been ample discussion online – as might be expected – about the cultural role of blog writing, and its hard-to-shake reputation as print’s handmaid. I spoke to Karen Andrews, publisher at Miscellaneous Press and a blogger herself, about Miscellaneous Voices: its origins, the process of creating it, and her response to some of the criticism that has been levelled at the publication.
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