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 Labour, LibDem and Tory Conferences, where TOTAL POLITICS will have exhibition stands.
In previous years, we have asked people to email in their top ten favourite blogs. We may do this again this year, but I'd like to ask if any of you have any better ideas for how people might vote. We had thought about using Survey Monkey, which I normally use for surveys, but I can't imagine people wanting to scroll through the best part of 2,000 blogs to vote for ten. Another way would be to compose a cross party panel to shortlist, say, 200 blogs for people to vote for. Or does anyone know any online software which we might use?
We are also looking to ask people to write articles on blogging developments over the last twelve months. If you have ideas for articles or suggestions for possible writers, do let us know.
If you are a blogger, check that your blog is included in the Total Politics Online Directory and that it is included in the relevant categories. Please check also that it is listed in the correct political affiliation. If it is not listed at all, fill in the form and we'll get it added. If you have done so in the last few weeks it is backed up in a queue to be added, but should be on the site over the next few days.
If you are a blogger and do not wish your blog to be included in the polling, please email katy DOT scholes AT totalpolitics DOT com by the end of next week. All blogs will, however, be included in the directory at the back of the book.