Top 75 Lib Dem blogs: the Total Politics List

by Stephen Tall on September 1, 2009

It’s six weeks since Total Politics asked blog-readers to vote for their Top 10 favourite blogs in their annual survey promoted here on LDV, as well as at LabourList and Iain Dale’s Diary. More than 1,500 people voted, and here is the full list of the Top 75 Lib Dem blogs in the Total Politics list:

1. (-) Charlotte Gore
2. (1) LibDem Voice
3. (-) Himmelgarten Cafe
4. (3) Norfolk Blogger
5. (-) Mark Reckons
6. (-) Liberal Vision
7. (44) Caron’s Musings
8. (5) Liberal England
9. (2) People’s Republic of Mortimer
10. (4) Quaequam Blog
11. (15) Stephen’s Linlithgow Journal
12. (18) Jennie Rigg
13. (11) Cicero’s Songs
14. (7) Millennium Dome Elephant
15. (6) Lynne Featherstone MP
16. (-) Dude the Dog
17. (8) Peter Black AM
18. (9) Love & Liberty
19. (-) Andrew Reeves
20. (39) Irfan Ahmed
21. (24) 474 Votes to Win
22. (-) Always Win When You’re Singing
23. (-) Freedom Central
24. (14) Jock Coats
25. (42) Sound of Gunfire
26. (-) Willie Rennie MP
27. (-) Freedom & Whisky
28. (-) LibDem Blogs
29. (-) Hagley Road to Ladywood
30. (-) Paula Keaveney
31. (28) Fraser Macpherson
32. (26) Jonathan Fryer
33. (-) Chris Davies MEP
34. (-) Agent Orange
35. (-) Liberal Bureaucracy
36. (-) Mark Pack
37. (-) Pink Dog
38. (-) Liberal Revolution
39. (-) Birkdale Focus
40. (-) John Hemming MP
41. (32) Anything Caron Can Do
42. (45) Disgruntled Radical
43. (-) Wit & Wisdom
44. (-) Duncan Borrowman
45. (-) Nick Clegg MP
46. (-) Nigel Ashton
47. (-) Social Liberal Forum
48. (-) Steve Webb MP
49. (-) The Speaker
50. (-) Belsize LibDems
51. (21) Hug a Hoodie
52. (23) Orange by Name
53. (37) Anders Hanson
54. (-) John Barrett MP
55. (-) Katy Gordon
56. (-) Max Atkinson
57. (-) Liberal Youth Scotland
58. (-) Moments of Clarity
59. (-) Adrian Sanders MP
60. (29) A Lanson Boy
61. (38) Eric Avebury
62. (47) Gavin’s Gaily Gigest
64. (-) Liberal Dose
65. (-) Mary Reid
66. (-) ALDC
63. (43) Antony Hook
67. (22) Jo Christie-Smith
68. (16) Lindylooz Muse
69. (-) Swindon South Liberal Democrats
70. (-) Niles’s Blog
71. (13) Neil Stockley
72. (-) LibCync
73. (-) What You Can Get Away With
74. (-) Wouldn’t it be Scarier
75. (-) Richard Allan

Many congratulations to all bloggers, no matter where they were placed – but especially, of course, to Charlotte Gore for topping the list. In particular, it’s interesting to note that four of the Top 10 blogs this year are new entries. Overall, though I’m sure all of us would quibble with individual placings, what it does demonstrate is the strength in depth of the Lib Dem blogosphere. And remember: it’s just a list.

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Congratulations to Charlotte for a stunning win!

by Mark Reckons on September 1, 2009 at 9:15 am. Reply #

“More than 1,500 people voted” – Charlotte Gore? Charlotte bloody Gore? Was everyone who voted a Tory?

by Rob Fenwick on September 1, 2009 at 9:16 am. Reply #

Rob, so cynical! I always wanted to appeal to a broader readership than just Lib Dems. I suspect any Tories that did vote for me might regret it if they ever get in power though 😉

But yes, I’m amazed and stunned and grateful for the support!

Contrats are due to everyone else appearing on the list – 4 new entries in hitting the top ten goes to prove that nothing’s fixed in the LD blogosphere – anyone can start a blog and with a bit of luck do well with it, which is wonderful.

by Charlotte Gore on September 1, 2009 at 9:43 am. Reply #

The world has gone to Hell

by Rob Fenwick on September 1, 2009 at 9:47 am. Reply #

Congratulations to Charlotte and to everyone else on the list.

by Costigan Quist on September 1, 2009 at 9:53 am. Reply #

Charlotte, I take it you’re offering congrats and not offering contracts. I’d hate to think you’re hiring a hitman to ensure your continued success next year!
By the way, how the hell did I leap from 42 to 25, while Fraser MacPherson declined from 28 to 31? It makes no sense.

by Bernard Salmon on September 1, 2009 at 10:04 am. Reply #

I’ve been in the top 100. THAT made no sense.

by Rankersbo on September 1, 2009 at 10:31 am. Reply #

I’m a little surprised at my position, as I asked not to be included in the poll, as for one reason and another I haven’t blogged very much recently. I therefore told my nearest & dearest to vote for others and didn’t of course vote for myself. Maybe next year I should try!

by Sara on September 1, 2009 at 10:37 am. Reply #

Yay! I’ve doubled my score!

by Alex Wilcock on September 1, 2009 at 10:44 am. Reply #

Up 19 places, not bad but Charlotte you took the top spot that I wanted!

by Irfan Ahmed on September 1, 2009 at 10:53 am. Reply #

Special congratulations to Caron for climbing 37 places!

by KL on September 1, 2009 at 12:22 pm. Reply #

Since when is Claude Bottom Carpentieri (Hagley Road to Ladywood) a Lib Dem?

Also, please to be improving your accessibility by not hardcoding text colours? Or at least you could hardcode the background AS WELL AS if you are going to hardcode the text. I can’t read what I am typing or any of the buttons because you have hardcoded the text to black, and my theme is black, and black on black is… well, difficult….

by Jennie on September 1, 2009 at 12:42 pm. Reply #

That’s what I thought; pretty sure Claude would be either “non-aligned” or “left-wing” for these purposes, though I’d be delighted if he were on board. I did vote for him, mind; in fact there were probably as many “non-aligned” blogs as LibDem ones in my final ten.

by burkesworks on September 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm. Reply #

Jennie, I see you never waste an opportunity to display your lovely liberal charm.

Anyway. I’ve voted LibDem a few times (2005, for instance) but I am not a member of any political party nor do I fancy being one in the near future. Out of the three main parties I’d still vote LD, but with no enthusiasm.

by Claude on September 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm. Reply #

Claude, I was just genuinely under the impression that you would be unhappy to be included in the list. If you’re not, then fair play to you.

by Jennie on September 1, 2009 at 5:22 pm. Reply #

Query – are Freedom and Whisky at no 27 and Max Atkinson at no 56 Lib Dem blogs? The former is a libertarian who doesn’t mention any party affiliation on his blog, while the latter describes himself as non-aligned and not a member of any political party, though he used to be a speechwriter for Paddy Ashdown.

by Bernard Salmon on September 1, 2009 at 6:37 pm. Reply #

Come to think of it, the aggregator comes in at no 28 – and while it’s an essential tool to have, it’s not a blog. In addition, The Esteemed Dr Pack and his dog are both listed separately at 36 and 37 despite sharing the same domain, while the entry at 69 appears to be from SWINTON, not Swindon – but what’s a couple of hundred miles to the Westminster gossip blog bubble anyway?

by burkesworks on September 1, 2009 at 6:50 pm. Reply #

@burkesworks in the first blog listing from Dale I noticed he had made the mistake of putting LibDemBlogs in the list. I assumed they had finally realised that it’s not a blog and weren’t including it anymore, and only after reading your comment did I discover that the site is back in the list this year.
Sorry to number 76 for pushing you off.

by Ryan Cullen on September 1, 2009 at 7:01 pm. Reply #

Does this mean that the list, once out, is unamendable? Oh dear. Another reason to have an informed beta-reader, then…

by Jennie on September 1, 2009 at 7:17 pm. Reply #

I was totally surprised and a little embarrassed to appear in this list at all, let alone at 56th – as my blog appears (correctly) in the Total Politics list a ‘non-aligned’. Presumably those who voted for it thought it must be a Lib Dem blog because they knew of my involvement as speech advisor/writer/coach to Paddy Ashdown and think (wrongly) that I’ve carried on in a similar capacity with all the leaders since then – for more on which, see Nonetheless, I’d like to thank all those who did take the trouble to vote it into such a lofty position, and hope they will encourage others, regardless of their politics, to visit it from time to time.

by Max Atkinson on September 1, 2009 at 8:05 pm. Reply #

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I didn’t vote for anyone mentioning their alignment or non-alignment. I think that comes straight from Mrs Dale.

by Jennie on September 1, 2009 at 8:11 pm. Reply #

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by Crunching the numbers – Freedom Central on September 1, 2009 at 8:24 pm. Reply #

I’m going to bite that bloody Doctor’s ankles for getting in one place above me, I tell you. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr.

by Pink Dog on September 1, 2009 at 9:48 pm. Reply #

Actually, another new entry… isn’t. Wit & Wisdom was in last year’s chart at number 35…

by Mark Valladares on September 1, 2009 at 11:28 pm. Reply #

And at number 74, ‘Wouldn’t it be Scarier’ was at number 36 last year. Is it too late to recall the printer?

by Mark Valladares on September 1, 2009 at 11:30 pm. Reply #

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by Let There be More Lights; Or: Taking Charlotte Down A Peg. | Sharpe's Opinion on September 2, 2009 at 5:58 pm. Reply #

At least this list has a few more women on it than the Tory version (I counted 2!).

by powderroomgraffiti on September 3, 2009 at 12:11 pm. Reply #

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