Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #68

by Stephen Tall on June 8, 2008

Welcome to the 68th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (1st-7th June), together with a hand-picked quintet you might otherwise have missed.

Let’s get straight down to it, in descending order of popularity:

1. Henley Conservatives attack Lib Dem ‘outsider’ on Darrell Goodliffe’s Moments of Clarity blog.
Does it matter how local a Parliamentary candidate is?

2. Stephen Kearney asks Henley Tories to withdraw leaflet
on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
The Royston Vasey debate continues.

3. Mark Oaten – a ceasefire on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
Kudos to the Winchester MP for his honest and heartfelt paean on

4. Opinion: The Charge of the Lib Dem Brigade
by Paul Reynolds on Lib Dem Voice.
Are Lib Dems over-obsessed by by-elections? Well, which two posts top this week’s Golden Dozen?

5. Henley by-election: new BBC report by Mark Pack on Lib Dem Voice.
An update from Oxfordshire on Stephen Kearney’s campaign.

6. Nick Clegg offers new snapshots of the Liberal Democrat narrative
on Neil Stockley’s blog.
The party leader starts to tell the public a liberal story.

7. A Disgrace To A Liberal Party? on Chris Black’s Moonlight Over Essex blog.
A brief piece, but one which teases out many core liberal issues – the right to protest, drugs law, representing your electorate even where you disagree, etc.

And now to the five slots we reserve under the category ‘well worth reading even if they didn’t get the most clicks this week’. Remember, if you do want to highlight a Lib Dem blog article published in the past seven days – your own, or someone else’s – all you have to do is drop me a line at (providing the web-link and author, and any tagline comment you care to have published).

8. The intolerant left: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown goes bonkers on Jonny Wright’s Hug A Hoodie blog.
If ever a piece were ripe for fisking…

9. Detention Without Charge – a Reminder on Jennie Rigg’s The Yorksher Bob blog.
A self-nomination (and why not?): “in which I remind everyone what the 42 days thing is actually about, because everybody seems to be talking about it as though someone who has committed a crime has to be let go once the 28 days that is currently in force is up, and that pisses me off.” Fair do’s.

10. Can they really be Labour’s saviours? on David Rundle’s de moribus liberalibus blog.
Reclaiming social justice as a clarion call for the Lib Dems.

11. Votes at 16 on Lynne Featherstone’s Parliamentary & Haringey Diary blog.
“Bloody Tories!” Always a great start to a piece. (And one of a series of first-rate articles on Lynne’s site this week.)

12. Whither freedom when you’re under “threat”? on Mat Bowles’ live journal.
This is how far a Labour Government has gone… scaring Mat into agreeing 100% with Sir John Major.

And that’s it for another week… happy blogging and Henley campaigning.

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Awww my first ever mention on this list…*goes all shy and humble*

by Darrell on June 8, 2008 at 8:26 pm. Reply #

Odd that the only one of the “most clicked” ones I have read is #4; yet I have read all the editor’s choice ones. It occurs to me, though, that most people, on finding a blog they like, add it to their blogroll, f-list, etc. and won’t be clicking through from LDV? Thus if a blog is really popular, it’s LESS likely to be clicked through from here?

Just a thought. I think that explains the continual reappearance of certain people in th GD: there are those I don’t want to read every post by for various reasons, but might click through to if it looks like they’ve said something interesting…

by Jennie on June 8, 2008 at 8:32 pm. Reply #

Cheers for the inclusion Stephen!

by Jonny Wright on June 8, 2008 at 9:15 pm. Reply #

I agree with Jennie that click-through is a crude measure. It doesn’t even count those (like me) who read lib dem blogs in a feed reader.

I suggest you award points for items people include in their shared links.

(those that are lib dem, anyway)

by Joe Otten on June 9, 2008 at 11:52 am. Reply #

Joe: I like that click throughs are used for some of them, because that is a way for new people to be noticed and to be told that they are being noticed. But maybe it should be rejigged a bit.

Certainly the click through ones should not necessarily be counted as the best ones, though. I mean, quite often I’ll click through to something with an attractive headline on Lib Dem blogs and then think that it’s a big pile of rubbish…

by Jennie on June 9, 2008 at 11:57 am. Reply #

Having partly come up with the idea of the round-up originally you can blame me 🙂

I agree that click throughs are an imperfect measure; think how rarely Nich Starling, James Graham, Peter Black or Lynne Featherstone feature in the most clicked category despite their (relatively) very high traffic levels.

The advantage of the clicks stats are that they are easily available, and the drawbacks are one reason for having the other part of the dozen too.

As Jennie points out, the system does particularly benefit people who have smaller regular readerships of their site. But overall I’d rather have something that brings disproportionate attention to those who have small audiences than a system that disproportionately benefits those with big audiences, as this way new or niche bloggers get more of a chance to get wider attention and so build up their own audience.

by Mark Pack on June 9, 2008 at 12:08 pm. Reply #

Mark, absolutely, it benefits newbies extensively (myself included, when I was one), and that is a good thing, but I think my problem with it is that with a cursory glance it makes it look like we think that the top seven are the ones that are the best posts, and it ain’t necessarily so.

And yet I resist advocating inverting it so that Stephen’s selections are the top ones because mostly it is just one man’s view…

Bleh. Not being much help, am I?

by Jennie on June 9, 2008 at 12:12 pm. Reply #

The Yorksher Bob blog

The Yorksher Bob? That’s a typo and a half 😉

Um, thanks to whoever nominated me.

by MatGB on June 9, 2008 at 1:54 pm. Reply #

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