Saturday, July 18, 2009

Vote Laban 2009 ?

Laban's not big on trumpet-blowing aka self-promotion. Not only that, but my blogging has been pretty sporadic these last few months. But when I see people who get a quarter of the readership riding high in various blog polls, I wonder if I should continue hiding whatever bloggy light there may be under a bushel. So this is a first ...

It's that time of year again, when Total Politics asks you to vote for your Top 10 favourite blogs. The votes will be compiled and included in the forthcoming book, the Total Politics Guide to Blogging 2009-10, which will be published in September. This year the poll is being promoted/sponsored by LabourList and LibDemVoice as well as our publisher Iain Dale's blog.

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 ten blogs. If you include fewer than ten your vote will not count.
2. Email your vote to
3. Only vote once.
4. Only blogs based in the UK, run by UK residents are eligible or based on UK politics are eligible.
5. Anonymous votes left in the comments will not count. You must give a name
6. All votes must be received by midnight on 31 July 2009. Any votes received after that date will not count.

If you like the blog, then please vote for it !

I can think of a fair few others worth voting for, too.

(and having said that, the tribe of Laban is off to Lyonesse for a week. Unless there's an internet cafe around, blogging will be exceeding light).


Anonymous said...

I follow you a great deal but you need to post more.

I once started blogging but I realised PDQ that it isn't a trivial undertaking.

You need new stuff. regular stuff. I would even go so far as to say you need to be posting something daily.

Anonymous said...

I follow you a great deal but you need to post more.

Hate to through out the old cliche of "not quantity but quality", but I do think it applies. When Laban does post (and it's not as rarely as he makes out) it's highly readable and interesting, often with a unique take on events.

The problem with most blogs that make multiple posts a day is that much of what is said is gossipy, Westminster-centric nonsense. There are exception, of course (like EU Referendum and Cranmer) but that seems to be the general trend.

To be honest, I'm not going to get in a rutt because someone doesn't post on a blog everyday. I'm too tired most nights to read anything anyway.

Ed West said...

Yes, I will vote for you. My fav blog.

Foxy Brown said...

@ Sam Tarran - amen to that.

Less is most definitely more, but having said that, I really miss you whenever you're en vacances.

Have fun!!

Foxy Brown said...

I've just been perusing his blog, and it appears that Sam Tarran is the Young Pretender to your crown...

Laban said...

Sam is a fine blogger who also went through a fallow period recently - but he had the excuse of AS-levels !

JuliaM said...

"Hate to through out the old cliche of "not quantity but quality", but I do think it applies."

Most definitely. Rather one post from Laban than 10 from some other blogs..