Total Politics 2011 – as you wish

In putting in my ten votes for best blog at Total Politics, I noticed that there were two sections – one for a blog and one for a person. Now the first was of interest because it allowed group blogs to be named.

Hey, I thought, that’s us. Neither Longrider nor I want to be involved in a personal way but we do have quite a few writers at OoL and they’re very good writers – why shouldn’t they be recognized, I thought.

So, we’re going to leave it at that. If you wish to nominate someone in the UK political blogosphere and haven’t already done so, then HERE is the link to click on.

5 comments for “Total Politics 2011 – as you wish

  1. August 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    If anybody wants me to vote for them, then please leave a message here. Seven places left as at time of writing.

    • August 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      Shouldn’t you be voting for writers you like (preferably because they are good, entertaining writers) as opposed to those who solicit your votes?

      This sort of underlines why I take no part in this stuff.

  2. August 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I think you were both going about the same thing in a different way. Both of you are disdainful about “establishment” awards but the site itself has an interesting few lines:

    Do not publish a list of ten blogs on your site and try to persuade readers to vote for them. Any duplicate voting of this nature will be disallowed.

    We’re getting into a political point here – should there be awards for the meritorious or not and if there are, doesn’t that cause resentment with the have nots? If so, should all have prizes? Or do we have no awards at all?

    I don’t have the answer to this.

    • August 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      The use of meritorious is the interesting point. With no objective criteria being measured, that doesn’t apply.

      I don’t have any particular objection to awards as such, but a popularity contest without any form of objective measurement is pretty meaningless. Popular does not necessarily equate to good. Guido is always at or near the top of these things and his blog is pretty dire tabloidesque crap.

      This was always my criticism of this one when Iain Dale started it. That criticism stills stands. I don’t however, go as far as Justin from Chicken Yoghurt and one or two others, Tim Ireland, I think, who had a strop and took their ball away.

      I just think it is all a bit meaningless.

  3. August 16, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I have voted for the blogs and writers I like, I have not however asked for or solicited votes myself for the reasons Longrider stated.
    That said, if it didn’t get advertised in places I go, I wouldn’t know about it.

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