In early September TOTAL POLITICS, in association with APCO WORLDWIDE will publish the 2008-9 Guide to Political Blogging in the UK. It will contain articles on blogging by some of Britain's leading bloggers, together with a directory of UK political blogs, and a series of Top 20s and Top 10s. The book will be available at the Green Party, TUC, Labour, LibDem and Tory Conferences, where TOTAL POLITICS will have exhibition stands.
We're asking for your votes to decide the Top 100 UK Political Blogs. Simply email your Top Ten (ranked from 1 to 10) to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a blog, please encourage your readers to do the same. I'll then compile the Top 100 from those that you send in. Just order them from 1 to 10. Your top blog gets 10 points and your tenth gets 1 point.
The deadline for submitting your Top 10 is Friday August 15th. Please type Top 10 in the subject line.
The rules are simple:
- Please only vote once
Only blogs based in the UK or run by UK residents are eligible
Only blogs based in the UK, run by UK residents are eligible or based on UK politics are eligible
- Votes must be cast before Friday 15 August
- Blogs chosen must be listed in the Total Politics Blog Directory
- You must send a list of TEN blogs, ranked. Any entry containing fewer than ten blogs will not count.
So, that all seems clear enough, eh?
Last year, your humble Devil was ranked at #8 in the Top Right of Centre blogs and, slightly bizarrely but nonetheless gratifyingly, at #6 in the Top 500 Political Blogs.
I also (hastily) compiled the Top 10 UKIP blogs: I wonder if there will be a Top 10 Libertarian Party blogs section? I doubt it somehow, even though—because of the way in which LPUK has come about—that would be rather easier than last year's task.
Of course, last year all the Lefty blogs resolutely refused to endorse Iain's voting drive, and then complained when they weren't anywhere near the top. "It's the Top 500 as voted for by Iain's readers," they complained. As such, the Lefties that made it near the top were those that us Right-leaning chaps read and respect—such as Unity and ChickenYoghurt. Let's see if the Left will wheel out the same old crap this year...
In the meantime, do go drop your votes into email@example.com and let's see if we can't raise the profile of blogging in general, eh?
P.S. I should also point out that one lucky person will win £100 worth of political