by Stephen Tall on July 16, 2009
It’s that time of year again, when Total Politics asks blog-readers to vote for your Top 10 favourite blogs. This year the poll is being co-promoted/sponsored by Lib Dem Voice in conjunction with LabourList and Iain Dale’s Diary.
The rules are simple.
1. You must vote for your ten favourite blogs and rank them from 1 (your favourite) to 10 (your tenth favourite).
2. Your votes must be ranked from 1 to 10. Any votes which do not have rankings will not be counted.
3. You MUST include ten blogs. If you include fewer than ten your vote will not count.
2. Email your vote to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Only vote once.
4. Only blogs based in the UK, run by UK residents, or based on UK politics, are eligible.
5. Anonymous votes left in the comments will not count. You must give a name.
6. All votes must be received by midnight on 31 July 2009. Any votes received after that date will not count.
If you have your own blog, please do encourage your readers to take part. Last year, more than 80 blogs did so. It is hoped this year it will be far more than that. BUT, DO NOT list ten blogs you think your readers should vote for. Any duplicate voting of this nature will be disallowed. If you do not wish for your blog to be voted for please email email@example.com.
Is Lib Dem Voice right to lend its name to the awards? Well, we considered long and hard (I spent at least 5 seconds deliberating) before opting in.
First, there’s the ‘negative’ reason: the list is going to happen anyway, so why not at least try and ensure that Lib Dem blogs get a fair crack of the whip?
Secondly, though I know many Lib Dems regard Iain Dale with varying degrees of suspicion, it’s worth remembering that the Total Politics editorial board includes two Lib Dems (Paddy Ashdown and Chris Huhne).
And, thirdly, at the end of the day it’s just a list, one of many which appear featuring the current ‘top blogs’, aggregating the mass subjectivity of political blog-readers.
Blog-lists are a useful way of promoting and recognising talent, passion and dedication across political blogs. You and I will disagree with many of the choices that make the cut; that will be true of everybody else, too. No list is perfect – nor is Wikio’s or Google Analytics – and this one won’t be either. It’s a flawed bit of fun which will hopefully increase the readership of well-written, sparky blogs, both within and without the Lib Dems: no more, no less.
The results of the poll will be published in the forthcoming book the TOTAL POLITICS GUIDE TO POLITICAL BLOGGING IN THE UK which will be published in mid September in association with APCO Worldwide.
So, go to it. Email your Top Ten Favourite Blogs to firstname.lastname@example.org