Top of the Blogs: The Golden Ton

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2007

‘Tis the season for lists… Below are the top 100 posts by Lib Dem bloggers, in descending order of popularity, for the last year – August 2006 to July 2007, inclusive – according to click-throughs from the Aggregator.

(Profuse thanks to techno-wizard and stat-monkey Ryan Cullen, who runs the Aggregator, for compiling this table.)

Five blogs are responsible for almost half the postings: Lib Dem Voice accounts for 16 of the top 100 postings (we thank you); James Graham’s Quaequam Blog! for 10; Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger for 9; Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings for 7; and Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England for 6.

It’s interesting, too, to note how many of the most popular postings are from recent months – especially to do with the Ealing and Sedgefield by-elections – suggesting that the audience for Lib Dem blogs is growing significantly.

Anyway, enough of the pre-match analysis:

1 Susanne Lamido: something of an apology (Liberal Bureaucracy)
2 Now this just doesn’t quite add up (Duncan Borrowman)
3 Labour hit the panic button in Sedgefield (Jonathan Wallace)
4 EXCLUSIVE: Tory Ealing Southall campaign all front? (UPDATE) (Quaequam Blog!)
5 Iain Dale, Wales, and why blogs should never be trusted (Duncan Borrowman)
6 What to make of the by-elections? (A Liberal Goes A Long Way)
7 Another Lib Dem councillor defects in Oxford (Lib Dem Voice)
8 What is going on in Ealing Southall? (Liberal England)
9 Oxford: Tory-free for much longer? (A Liberal Goes A Long Way)
10 Ealing Southall postal vote totals published by Telegraph blog (Liberal England)
11 GLA selection results (Lib Dem Voice)
12 Chris Rennard: a re-count in Ealing Southall, challengers to Labour in Sedgefield (Lib Dem Voice)
13 Must it always be Ming vs Conference? (Jeremy Hargreaves)
14 Ming in great form on Today (Liberal Burblings)
15 Grant Shapps MP – Out of his depth (part 2) (Norfolk Blogger)
16 ‘Ming not about to fall on sword’ (Liberal Burblings)
17 What would a Lib Dem reshuffle bring? (A Liberal Goes A Long Way)
18 Tom Watson: Where’s your big story on Ealing Southall? (Liberal England)
19 By elections (Cicero’s Songs)
20 BREAKING NEWS New Lib Dem candidate for London Mayor? (Pink Dog)
21 Loony candidate backs Lib Dems to win in Ealing Southall? (On Liberty, Online)
22 Rumours from Ealing Southall (A Radical Writes)
23 Richard Porter: “Why I defected to the Tories” (Hug A Hoodie)
24 Nick Clegg: auditioning for the leadership or simply being auditioned? (Liberal Bureaucracy)
25 Important Lib Dem News – Please Read (Little Yellow Box Of Life)
26 Mixed race in the Liberal Democrats – an oppressed minority? (Liberal Bureaucracy)
27 Conservative poster campaign in Ealing (Lib Dem Voice)
28 Lies, damn lies, and election results (Quaequam Blog!)
29 High-flying Labour Councillor arrested (Andy Mayer)
30 Private Eye – shocking smear (Andy Mayer)
31 EXCLUSIVE (really this time!): Tories brag about dirty tricks (Quaequam Blog!)
32 Ealing 4 – I met Tony Lit! (The Diary of Chris K)
33 Labour more hopeful in Ealing Southall (Norfolk Blogger)
34 Not a statistic likely to appear on a Labour leaflet (Norfolk Blogger)
35 Lessons to be learned for the Lib Dems (Norfolk Blogger)
36 Lets not forget to blame Charlie Kennedy (Clowns to the Left of Me)
37 Lib Dem Leadership Vacuum (Letters from Letterman)
38 Quaequam Ealing Southall (Quaequam Blog!)
39 Opinion: A Decade On (Duncan Borrowman)
40 Nominations – what a disaster (Colin Ross)
41 My Political Future (Liberal Legend II)
42 The Ealing Southall Contractual Obligation Post (The Whiskey Priest)
43 Tories rip themselves apart (Liberal Burblings)
44 Tory MP: “Our Ealing Southall campaign may have done lasting damage” (Liberal England)
45 Backing Borrowman (Niles’s Blog)
46 A difficult choice for French liberals (Quaequam Blog!)
47 Impersonating an MP (Duncan Borrowman)
48 My favourite Ealing Southall leaflet (Quaequam Blog!)
49 The elephant speaks (Ed Maxfield)
50 I’m starting a “Lib Dems for Cameron” campaign (Norfolk Blogger)
51 So will it be fisticuffs with Ming at Conference? (Lindy Loo’s Muze)
52 Lib Dems to join Brown cabinet? (Lib Dem Voice)
53 The only blog post you need to read about the Parliamentary by-elections, no matter what party you’re from (The Posh Sounding Northumbrian)
54 Got a question for Mr Lit? (David Nikel)
55 Grant Shapps in irony-is-dead shocker (Lib Dem Voice)
56 Return to Ealing Southall (Quaequam Blog!)
57 Nick Clegg’s Leadership Plans (Lindy Loo’s Muze)
58 The Ealing Southall Diaries – Day Five (David Nikel)
59 Six days that will define Ming’s standing in the Liberal Democrats (Norfolk Blogger)
60 By-elections! (No Geek Is An Island)
61 David Cameron on Today: How I Long For Yesterday (Love and Liberty)
62 More local election news: Conservative splits and Lib Dems pull out of election (Lib Dem Voice)
63 Newsnight predict Labour meltdown (Liberal Burblings)
64 Future of Lib Dem Voice (Lib Dem Voice)
65 Conservative activist says: we must lie in Ealing Southall (Lib Dem Voice)
66 LibDems up one point to 18n Times poll – let’s keep our hair on! (Liberal Burblings)
67 Is this the silliest piece of by-election spin ever? (Lib Dem Voice)
68 Opinion: Three cheers for ‘bomb proof’ Lib Dems (Lib Dem Voice)
69 Pics from the inside of the stately home of the Lord Rennard (Jonathan Wallace)
70 Which PPC? (Justine McGuinness)
71 That GLA candidate list: time for a change? (Quaequam Blog!)
72 Returning officer reports into Leyton and Wanstead PPC contest leaked (Lib Dem Voice)
73 Ealing Southall byelection (Jeremy Hargreaves)
74 Sorry Iain, but it just gets worse and worse for you (Lib Dem Voice)
75 Back from Ealing, with a sore feeling (Rick’s St Mary’s Diary)
76 Tories to finish fourth? (Mike Barker)
77 Top Tory outed shocker! (Quaequam Blog!)
78 Simon Jenkins: how many points can one person miss? (Quaequam Blog!)
79 Is this how you’ll represent Oxford East, Peter? (Jock’s Blog)
80 Tory tactics in Brent (Liberal England)
81 Exclusive – Iain Dale to take on Norman Lamb again (Norfolk Blogger)
82 Deny everything, Baldrick (Quaequam Blog!)
83 I really don’t understand how Liberal Democrats do by-elections… (Liberal Bureaucracy)
84 Iain Dale: Not the best source on the Lib Dems (Liberal England)
85 By-electionitis (Jonathan Fryer)
86 When will the Lib Dems have a London mayoral candidate? (Lib Dem Voice)
87 I’m back! (Arwen Folkes)
88 What do the Tories base their predictions on? (Jonathan Wallace)
89 Ealing fallout: Grant Shapps axed (Lib Dem Voice)
90 Wealthy constituent tells Cameron to “f*** off” (Liberal Burblings)
91 Another Ealing post (The Diary of Chris K)
92 Tory tips for beating the Lib Dems (Norfolk Blogger)
93 Labour annihilated & Tory defection to Lib Dems (Matt Davies)
94 Have I jumped ship to another political party? (Neil Woollcott)
95 Peter Tatchell will help secure another famous Lib Dem win (Norfolk Blogger)
96 Local elections analysis (Matt Davies)
97 So what do the Liberal Democrats do now? (Cicero’s Songs)
98 Defection Elections; what will Mr Cameron say? (Jock Coats)
99 Response from Simon Jenkins (Liberal Polemic)
100 Bizarre poster claims from the Tories… (The Diary of Chris K)

* Stephen Tall blogs at A Liberal Goes A Long Way (only three mentions, but he’s not bitter).

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Somewhat annoying that my most flippant, gossipy posts are ones that make the top hundred. Huh. All that effort!

by Jock on August 28, 2007 at 10:29 pm. Reply #

Even more annoying is the fact that none of my splendid pieces have made the top hundred. I don’t want to sulk, but frankly many of the above list are not worth reading. I mean no disrespect when I say that. Blogging means interspersing longer pieces with small snippets. But it’s pretty silly if those snippets then make the rankings. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has clicked on a link from the aggregator and then wished I hadn’t bothered. Could we not try filtering out the small stuff in future?

by Laurence Boyce on August 29, 2007 at 12:11 am. Reply #

I was obviously too restrained in my post….

by Toby Philpott on August 29, 2007 at 8:09 am. Reply #

“Blogging means interspersing longer pieces with small snippets.”

Does it? Can’t find that definition anywhere. But I do agree with your point on click throughs – something that will get me a wothlessly high rating for a post this week, but plenty of traffic for Stephen’s blog!

by Duncan Borrowman on August 29, 2007 at 8:53 am. Reply #

A lot of these posts are from the last few months, which suggests that the number of people accessing the Lib Dem blogosphere may have risen sharply over the last year (as well as the quality of the contributions going up!)

by Rob F on August 29, 2007 at 9:30 am. Reply #

I’m a big fan of libdemblogs and get quite a bit of my traffic from it – and obviously if something has had lots of clickthroughs from ldb then people were interested in it.

But like others can I caution about treating the most clicked-through posts as necessarily the most popular in a scientific way? There will be lots of people who will follow directly popular Lib Dem blogs like, say, Norfolk Blogger (either through the site or its RSS feed) who never go near libdemblogs. Obviously these are not then recorded.

None of this is to diminish libdemblogs, which is immensely useful, especially for the less well read blogs or those which don’t post that frequently.

The clickthroughs from libdemblogs method has an in-built bias towards the less well known blogs. This is arguably how it should be and how it is most useful, given that lots of people already read the other popular ones, but it does mean we should be careful treating the ‘most clicked-through’ as the ‘most popular’ Lib Dem blogposts. Of course we now have a separate competition for that (and I’m about to email in my nominations!)

by Jeremy Hargreaves on August 29, 2007 at 9:37 am. Reply #

Typical. All those indepth political commentary style postings I put up and what happens? You all end up looking at the pics I took of Chris Rennard’s BBQ!

Mind you, what sometimes blows it for me is when I put up a post about something the Labour or Conservatives have done that no one else has covered. And then Lib Dem Voice comes along and writes a post about my post with a link to it. Everyone therefore follows the link from Lib Dem Voice instead of from Lib Dem Blogs. So some of my most visited posts will get hardly any clicks from LDB to get on the top 100 list! I have a good example of that last week. My post about our ridiculous local Labour MP writing a motion to praise herself had a huge number of hits, nearly all from Lib Dem Voice. Perhaps we should have a top 100 links from LDV?

by Jonathan Wallace on August 29, 2007 at 9:58 am. Reply #

Gosh, little old me at number one… I’d like to dedicate this ‘award’ to my fiancee, my family, my favourite junior school teacher, and most of all to Susanne, without whom none of this would be possible…

by Mark Valladares on August 29, 2007 at 10:51 am. Reply #

Note that I am claiming number 45 as mine 🙂

by Duncan Borrowman on August 29, 2007 at 3:44 pm. Reply #

Duncan, you already have four in your own right! I’m not sure you can claim my only ranking as your own as well!

by Alex Foster on August 29, 2007 at 4:17 pm. Reply #

Oh all right Alex. But unlike James Graham’s listing I see I have been awarded my LDV entry – which James gives to LDV – at 39. Shouldn’t LDV get this?

by Duncan Borrowman on August 29, 2007 at 11:01 pm. Reply #

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