Friday, July 30, 2010

Only 2 Days Left to Vote! Total Politics 2010 Blog Poll: Vote For Your Top Ten Favourite Blogs

VOTING CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY!


Click here to vote in the Total Politics Best Blogs Poll 2010


It's that time of year again, when Total Politics asks you to vote for your Top 10 favourite blogs. This is the fifth year of the poll. The votes will be compiled and included in the forthcoming book, the Total Politics Guide to Blogging 2010-11, which will be published in September. For the second year running, the poll is being promoted/sponsored by LabourList and LibDemVoice as well as this blog, and that of our publisher, Iain Dale.

The rules are simple.

1. You must vote for your ten favourite blogs and ranks them from 1 (your favourite) to 10 (your tenth favourite).
2. Your votes must be ranked from 1 to 10. Any votes which do not have rankings will not be counted.
3. You MUST include at least FIVE blogs in your list, but please list ten if you can. If you include fewer than five, your vote will not count.
4. Email your vote to toptenblogs@totalpolitics.com
5. Only vote once.
6. Only blogs based in the UK, run by UK residents or based on UK politics are eligible. No blog will be excluded from voting.
7. Anonymous votes left in the comments will not count. You must give a name
8. All votes must be received by midnight on 31 July 2010. Any votes received after that date will not count.

If you have your own blog, please do encourage your readers to take part. Last year, more than 90 blogs did so. We hope this year it will be far more than that. BUT, DO NOT list on your blog ten blogs you think your readers should vote for. Any duplicate voting of this nature will be disallowed. Here's the code to add to your blog sidebar or blogpost to feature the graphic above with an automatic clickthru to the instruction page...



There are many ways of measuring a blog's popularity. Wikio and Technorati have complicated logarithms which measure the importance of incoming links and traffic. Google Analytics does it by measuring how many people visit. But the TP poll gives blog readers the opportunity to vote for the ones they like and visit most often. It's not scientific. It's impossible to achieve 100% balance and no one pretends it's perfect.

The results of the poll will be published in the forthcoming book the TOTAL POLITICS GUIDE TO POLITICAL BLOGGING IN THE UK 2010-11 which will be published in mid September in association with APCO Worldwide.

So, go to it. Email your Top Ten Favourite Blogs to

toptenblogs@totalpolitics.com

If you have any queries about any aspect of this year's blog poll or book, please email jake.mitchell@totalpolitics.com

6 comments:

trevorsden said...

I notice Alistair Campbell was the guest on Top Gear.

I immediately got up to make myself and egg and bacon butty, pausing only long enough to hear the audience roundly boo him.

The Pink Cabal said...

Isn't this using the dreaded AV system?

John Linford said...

1. You must vote for your ten favourite blogs and ranks them from 1 (your favourite) to 10 (your tenth favourite).
2. Your votes must be ranked from 1 to 10. Any votes which do not have rankings will not be counted.
3. You MUST include at least FIVE blogs in your list, but please list ten if you can. If you include fewer than five, your vote will not count.


In effect an AV system with mandatory ranking of all candidates. It assumes that the participant has an opinion in each case and a desire/ability to rank each candidate.

If this were to apply in parliamentary elections then there would be some candidates for whom I could never offer a ranking with which I would feel comfortable. It is a major problem with the AV system.

In this case, the ranking decision is easy. It's too difficult, so I won't even try.

The Grim Reaper said...

Who's boycotting the poll this year then, Iain?

Eoghan said...

I think you mean algorithms.

Right Hon. said...

Don't vote. It only encourages them.