The mag/website Total Politics is running a competition to find the Top 10 political blogs in the country:
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 email@example.com. 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.
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
So, once again, the email address to send your TOP TEN BLOGS to is...
Dale will win it, of course. He invented the internet, don't you know. The engravers are probably at work already.
It would be nice, though, if some of the lesser stars in the blogging galaxy got a bit of attention for once - not just the MPs, candidates, politicos and journalists, but the people who are the real heartbeat of blogging. It is irritating, though not unexpected, that an essentially amateur phenomenon is constantly dominated by full-time professionals when it comes to recognition.
So, I'm voting for some of my unsung heroes. It might seem fruitless up against the hundreds who'll be bigging up the obvious front-runners, but a vote's still a vote at the end of the day.