Saturday, September 29, 2007

Like Newcastle United...

Iain Dale has finally published the list of the Top 500 UK Political bloggers as voted for by readers and bloggers alike, i.e. you, the viewing public.

Thanks to everyone who voted for The Kitchen and put us in at #6. And, once again, thanks to all the contributors to The Kitchen, who help to make it the sweary place that it is. As your humble Devil approaches his third year of blogging, he can only hope that he will maintain his place in next year's roundup: how could I possibly beat those in slots 1 to 5 (barring some... er... accident befalling them)?

What amused me most, however, was that Iain compared your humble Devil to Newcastle United FC.
There are four blogs who, in terms of influence and traffic, are way ahead of the others – Guido Fawkes, ConservativeHome, Iain Dale’s Diary and PoliticalBetting.com. They are, if you like, the Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal of the UK blogging fraternity. You then have a few teams who might challenge in a good year – Dizzy Thinks (Everton), Devil’s Kitchen (Newcastle) and Recess Monkey (Spurs) – a few new comers who fizz into their first year with huge promise...

Growing up in a middle-class family with no interest in sport, in Kent*, meant that I have never been a follower of any football team. However, a couple of my good friends in Edinburgh were Novocastrians and so the only football team that I have ever supported—albeit in the most desultory manner—are Sunderland Newcastle United.

My last observation would be that I am beating my footballing namesake: Newcastle United are currently sitting at #8 in the Premier League...

* UPDATE: I notice that there is, in fact, a blog devoted to my home town...

2 comments:

Mr Eugenides said...

Newcastle United, of course, are principally famous for occasionally being quite good but never actually winning anything...

Anonymous said...

so taking your sojourn North of the Border, what's wrong with Hearts?

They're a bit like Britain in being f****** about by a European (Lithuanian in their case)