Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #103

by Stephen Tall on February 11, 2009

Welcome to the 103rd 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 February 2009), together with a hand-picked quintet, mostly courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.

As ever, let’s start with the most popular post, and work our way down.

1. A tribute to Colin Rosenstiel on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
Highlighting Disgruntled Radical‘s Wilt-esque homage.

2. Liberals should be supporting Carol Thatcher
on ‘Costigan Quist’s’ Himmelgarten Cafe blog.
Believing in free speech means believing in the right to cause offence, argues Costigan.

3. Bristol porn protests – who’d be a councillor? on ‘Costigan Quist’s’ Himmelgarten Cafe blog.
I wonder which word in that headline saw this post get to number 3 in the Golden Dozen? Just asking…

4. Lembit reveals all to the Mail on Lib Dem Voice.
Ach, you’re a prurient lot.

5. Welsh overlooked by Swyddfa Gartref* on the Lib Dems’ Home Office Watch blog.
Not a bad try, though I think there are bigger reasons for scrapping ID cards myself.

6. Camden Labour reels as councillor defects to the Lib Dems
on Lib Dem Voice.
If there’s one word (other than pron) likely to catapult a story into the Golden Dozen it’s the D-word.

7. Ways to Immediately Ensure You Lose Support For Your Campaign #1: Forget to Proof Read on Jennie Rigg’s The Yorksher Gob live-journal.
A pedant revolts.

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. As is now traditional we’re using the LibDig widget to select some of the posts from the seven days in question which you’ve most ‘dug’. But, remember, if you want to highlight a Lib Dem blog article published in the past seven days – your own, or someone else’s – using the steam-powered method of e-mail 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. Day 2959: M M Murder on Millennium Dome, Elephant’s Very Fluffy Diary blog.
‘Fluffy the Elephant reveals the hypocrisy of the Daily Mail.’ (Submitted by paulwalteruk via LibDig).

9. Facebook ‘surgery’ on Steve Webb MP’s The Webb Log.
‘Steve Webb making himself available where the people are, it just happens to be Facebook.’ (Submitted by Stephen Glenn via LibDig).

10. Carol Thatcher”s ‘golliwog’ remarks – offensive? on Meral Ece’s Meral’s Musings blog.
“What may have been acceptable 40 years ago, is not anymore.” One of the best blog posts I’ve read on this ‘nowtrage’ epsiode.

11. Changing jobs on Anders Hanson’s blog.
Nick’s loss is ALDC’s gain.

12. And how many people will have one of these as a ringtone? on Nick Barlow’s What You Can Get Away With blog.
Think I’d go for, ‘This shit’s getting way too complicated for me’ – it has a certain zeitgeist quality.

That’s it for this week. Happy blogging!

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How on earth did a post about me changing jobs end up in the Top of the Blogs? It must have been a quiet week.

by Anders on February 11, 2009 at 8:56 pm. Reply #

Anders – perhaps the tyranny of “Top 5 links”. At certain times, it only takes a couple of clicks for a story to be one of the top five, then if it’s got a catchy title it stays there as everyone thinks “well, if it’s one of the top 5 links, it must be worth reading.”

Needless to say, all *my* Golden Dozen posts get there on merit 🙂

I notice the top 5 links hasn’t been working for the last few days. I thought it would see me getting fewer hits, but this week has been one of my best ever. I don’t know whether it’s disabled on purpose but I’d keep it off.

by Costigan Quist on February 12, 2009 at 9:31 am. Reply #

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