Sunday, July 05, 2009

2010 Blogging Guide: Your Advice Please

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.

21 comments:

Rab C. Nesbitt said...

I appear to be listed as an English blog. Any chance of moving it to the Scottish category.

http://rantinrab.blogspot.com

Ta much

Caron said...

I personally think it's better to ask people for their favourite blogs rather than limiting their selection to a relative few. More power to the voter and all that!

Tory Activist said...

Tory Activist should be in the 'Party Activist' category. currently it's in none.

Thanks!

Thatsnews said...

You could get people to name their favourite top 10 or 20 blogs, then use those blog names to produce a survey of all the recommended blogs.

Andrew Ian Dodge said...

Yeah, the olde way is the best :D

Obnoxio The Clown said...

Another vote for the old system.

wv dingis ... should I be worried?

mutleythedog said...

I am happy to compile all the lists should I be asked... ahem... waiting... waiting...

tapestry said...

Why not get the statistics for each blog and the ones with most traffic come top? Or is this too simple you political types?

Anonymous said...

You could always get Richard North to write about how useless most British Bloggers are.

Uncle Bob said...

My blog is now in the directory. Fame, fortune and a harem of Swedish bikini models surely awaits!

Prodicus said...

@ Uncle Bob

Gotta love an optimist.

Rab C. Nesbitt said...

Thanks for moving me Iain!

Faceless Bureaucrat said...

@ Thatsnews

Right approach, but perhaps limiting the choice to the top 3 favourites (not sure most Bloggers/Commenters would have 20 sites they could actually term as 'favourites')

@ tapestry

Also an eminently sensible approach, although the problem will be what is 'popular' and what is a 'favourite' would not necessarily be comparing apples with apples.

Iain - Survey Monkey is cheap, cheerful and easy to navigate - why try to 'recreate the wheel' just for the sake of it?

FB

Don Tully said...

You fucking gay filth, Dale. This will never be you. You will never get a plum seat, only be left with your shitty magazine. I hoipe you die horribly from AIDS, you filth

Anonymous said...

And your point is?

Faceless Bureaucrat said...

@ Don Tully

You are really Andy Burnham and I hereby claim my prize...

FB

Arnie Saccnuson said...

I wouldnt use survey monkey, that is really easy to vote multiple times.

Ask Gordon to make the number 10 framework open source or get your developer to earn his fee.

tapestry said...

Faceless Bureaucrat -

why is favourite different from popular?

!

Malc said...

I'm with Caron - I reckon the emailing is good fun, and it allows folks to choose their favourites (and campaign for votes!)

Tim said...
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ed f said...

it's difficult to say but i would have thought the more reader/blogger input the better
certainly the role of the political commentators and journalists matters
I find more and more of my local coverage as a candidate comes from my blog.

Ed
www.474towin.blogspot.com