Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #145

by Stephen Tall on November 29, 2009

Welcome to the 145th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (22nd – 28th November 2009), together with a hand-picked quintet, partly courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.

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

1. ‘And finally, the Liberal Democrat education press release with 17 spelling mistakes…’ – The Press Officer’s Guide Lesson 4 – Don’t become the story! on John Ault’s Alter Ego blog.
When speling miskates come bakc to haunt yuo.

2. ‘Paddy Ashdown to welcome former Social Democrat David Owen to the Liberal Democrats today…’ – The Press Officer’s Guide Lesson 5 – Have a good hook in your press release!
on John Ault’s Alter Ego blog.
And this was just 20 years ago, folks … we’ve come a long way.

3. Lib Dems only a point behind Labour in latest poll on Alex Folkes’ A Lanson Boy blog.
It’s 22% Labour, 21% Lib Dem, according to Angus Reid Strategies.

4. Because of where Sir Cyril Smith was sitting it totally changed the name of the party in the publicity photos – The Press Officer’s Guide Lesson 3 – Photographic Blunders on John Ault’s Alter Ego blog.
Nice one, Cyril.

5. Labour’s ‘St Albans problem’ on John’s Liberal Revolution blog.
Has Labour given up the fight?

6. The Bromley Tory councillor who runs gentlemans clubs employing east european women tells the Sunday Telegraph that the women put forward to be Tory PPC for Beckenham are very poor
on Duncan Borrowman’s blog.
The Tory party demonstrates once again how they’re still just the same old Tories.

7. Imagine the shock of a Tory Woman from Plymouth beating a Liberal favourite from Cornwall… on (yes, you’ve guessed it) John Ault’s Alter Ego blog.
Astor vs Foot. There’s surely only one way to settle it …

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 a line to (providing the web-link and author, and any tagline comment you care to have published).

8. Buddhist, Atheist, Communist, child on Sara Bedford’s Always win when you’re singing blog.
“I found this post very moving, and it made me want to go and hug my child. You might have a less soppy reaction, but you ought to read it anyway.” (Submitted by jennierigg via LibDig).

9. Top 10 Tips for the Best Twitter Feed Eva on Charlotte Gore’s blog.
“Fantastic Twitter piss-ripping from Charlotte.” (Submitted by stephenftall via LibDig).

10. Do fathers have to be at the birth to bond? on Sara Bedford’s Always win when you’re singing blog.
“Sense as usual from Sara Bedford arguing that men should not be emotionally blackmailed into being present at the birth of their children. It should be about personal choice.” (Submitted by MarkThompson via LibDig).

11. Will Baroness Buscombe end up refereeing spats between Iain Dale and Tim Ireland on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
“Meet the non-diplomatic Baroness Buscombe of the PCC, and ask yourselves; do you really want to see the content of your blog posts regulated and bound by the “standards” set by this unelected Tory peer and her cronies? Paul Walter at Liberal Burblings has the full background.” (Submitted by burkesworks via LibDig).

12. Adding some colour to council emails on Mark Pack’s blog.
“Mark has some sound advice on use of emails – don’t be put off by the headline, his tips will help any organisation that wants to communicate better by email.” (Submitted by stephenftall via LibDig).

And that’s it for another week. Happy blogging.

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