Top of the Blogs: The Golden Ton (Nos. 11-20)

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2009

‘Tis the season for lists… All this week we are publishing the top 100 posts by Lib Dem bloggers, in descending order of popularity, for the last year – August 2007 to July 2008, inclusive, according to click-throughs from the Aggregator.

(Profuse thanks to techno-wizard and stat-monkey Ryan Cullen for compiling this table.)

In today’s penultimate instalment we run through 11-20:

11. EXCLUSIVE: Should Irfan Ahmed have to pay for what he did? (James Graham)
12. Tons More Fun In the Awards – An Appeal To Every Lib Dem Blogger! (Alex Wilcock)
13. Somewhat unlikely! (Peter Black)
14. Top ten signs of a Lib Dem about to defect to the Tories (John Abrams)
15. A high-wire act by Mr Ahmed and what it might mean for us all (Mark Valladares)
16. How Doctor Who Made Me A Liberal (Alex Wilcock)
17. Neil Trafford (Anders Hanson)
18. Neil Trafford (James Graham)
19. Kirsty Williams AM: why I want to lead the Welsh Liberal Democrats (Lib Dem Voice)
20. Give that man a Blue Peter badge (Peter Black)

Top of the Blogs: The Golden Ton (Nos. 81-100)
Top of the Blogs: The Golden Ton (Nos. 61-80)
Top of the Blogs: The Golden Ton (Nos. 41-60)
Top of the Blogs: The Golden Ton (Nos. 21-40)

With thanks to all Lib Dem bloggers for making the last year such a memorable one.

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Good grief. I didn’t realise you were going to spread this out so much. Will it be a top 5 tomorrow? 😛

Anyway, the scores on the doors stand at:

James Graham: 9
Alex Wilcock: 8
Lib Dem Voice: 7
Peter Black: 7
Mark Valladares: 5
John Abrams: 4
Costigan Quist: 4
Sara Bedford: 3
Helen Duffett: 3
Jonathan Calder: 3
Irfan Ahmed: 3
Darrell Goodliffe: 3
Anders Hanson: 3
Jonathan Fryer: 2
Alex Folkes: 2
Martin Land: 2
Duncan Borrowman: 2
Paul Walter: 2
Steve Cooke: 1
Andrew Porrer: 1
Barrie Wood: 1
Jock Coats: 1
Andy Strange: 1
Antony Hook: 1
Huw Dawson: 1
Liberal Vision: 1
Jennie Rigg: 1
Julian Harris: 1
Bernard Salmon: 1
Alasdair Wood: 1
Ruaraidh Dobson: 1
Linda Jack: 1
Nich Starling: 1
Charlotte Gore: 1
David Walker: 1
Jonathan Wallace: 1

by James Graham on August 14, 2009 at 5:58 pm. Reply #

I thought that we should have a variation, so I’ve granted each entry points based on where it is on the list, i.e. 1 point for 100th, 2 points for 99th, etc. Interestingly, the top 10 reads:

399 Alex Wilcock
397 Peter Black
356 Lib Dem Voice
332 James Graham
300 Mark Valladares
197 Irfan Ahmed
193 Darrell Goodliffe
186 Anders Hansen
142 John Abrams
135 Sara Bedford

which leaves the same top 5 (what on earth am I doing there?) with the only difference being that James is fourth, not first…

by Mark Valladares on August 15, 2009 at 1:22 am. Reply #

Mark, please arrange the following into a well known phrase or sentence:

Life a get

It must be something in the water in Suffolk…

by Martin Land on August 15, 2009 at 10:41 am. Reply #

Mark, you make a good point in that first place probably shouldn’t be counted as equal to 100th, but then that is precisely what the Golden Ton is listing.

Should a poll of polls weight posts according to ranking? Ideally, yes but that weighting should depend on traffic, which we don’t have here. I sincerely doubt that the 100th placed post had less than a tenth of the traffic of the first placed post, let alone a 100th, which is what your system presumes.

Go away and recalculate it based on a log scale won’t you? There’s a good chap! 😛

by James Graham on August 15, 2009 at 10:55 am. Reply #


Had a headache and couldn’t sleep. However, we can agree on one thing… Norfolk…


It’s all a bit of fun. Besides, a thought that you were a pluralist… :))

by Mark Valladares on August 15, 2009 at 12:57 pm. Reply #

I am a pluralist! That’s why I want you to do MORE work, not less! 🙂

by James Graham on August 15, 2009 at 1:11 pm. Reply #

The idea of weighting them by number of readers is a good one though. Can anyone let me have the figures? It will give me something to do when I’m not drafting the first ever Focus leaflet with a Valladares on it…

by Mark Valladares on August 15, 2009 at 1:19 pm. Reply #

Mark, haven’t you got some constitutions you should be reading? OK don’t tell me. You have read them all and know them all off by heart.

by Geoffrey Payne on August 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm. Reply #

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