SHORTLY after starting this blog, I thought I should actually learn about what blogging was all about and what it was supposed to do. Yes, that’s right – after I started this blog.
I decided to buy Iain Dale’s Guide to Political Blogging in the UK 2007-8, which features more lists of blogs than you can shake a stick at, plus a number of useful and interesting articles by bloggers. A piece of wisdom that struck home only retrospectively was written by Nadine Dorries MP who, in an article entitled “Shotgun blogging” wrote presciently: “One can easily visualise the dramatic downfall scenario, brought about via an unguarded sentence blogged and posted late at night; it would manifest in the form of an off the cuff remark or a throw away comment, intended to humanise a paragraph.” Ha!
Anyway, the time has come to update the guide, and Iain is looking for your help in compiling a Top 100 blogs for inclusion. Send your ten nominations to Iain at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your favourite site will be awarded 10 points, your tenth placed site, one. Alternatively, you can submit your nominations via the comment section of Iain’s site.
The deadline for submitting your Top 10 is Friday August 15th. Please type Top 10 in the subject line. Once all the entries are in, a lucky dip draw will take place and the winner will be sent £100 worth of political books.
The rules are simple:
1. Please only vote once
2. Only blogs based in the UK, run by UK residents are eligible or based on UK politics are eligible
3. Votes must be cast before Friday 15 August
4. Blogs chosen must be listed in the Total Politics Blog Directory.
5. You must send a list of TEN blogs, ranked. Any entry containing fewer than ten blogs will not count.
6. Anonymous votes left in the comments will not count. You must give a name