Save the UK blogosphere’s reputation


9:49 pm - January 11th 2009

by Sunny Hundal    


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Admittedly, the Weblog Awards are already sullied by the fact Neil Clark won last year’s Best UK Blogger award. If that wasn’t bad enough, Melanie Phillips is this year’s front-runner. I have no time for awards usually but honestly, that takes the biscuit. The close runner-up is Created in Birmingham, so do the British interwebs a favour and vote for them, daily. Obsessively if necessary.

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Sunny Hundal is editor of LC. Also: on Twitter, at Pickled Politics and Guardian CIF.
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Ok, well CIB seems to have jumped in the last 48 hours, which is good news. Vote for them anyway! Every day!

(I have nothing to do with these folks and hadn’t even heard of them before the poll. I’m just glad there’s close competition).

T’is interesting. I’ll be voting for sure, though I actually do like Nosemonkey and Olly’s onions…ah well!

Jesus, things are bad for Created in Birmingham. On a slate with Mad Mel and only just winning… poor blighters.

Fortunately Created in Birmingham has been doing a brilliant job of connecting and promoting smallish creative stuff in Birmingham. I think it is up there in the vote because it has a lot of local support.

It’s run, mostly in spare time, by some ordinary folk independent of councils etc. So if you do vote for CiB you are also voting for and independent blog which is part of a stoing local community.

Oh well, on the bright side at least Neil Clark doesn’t seem likely to win again.

Christ, who is voting for Mel Phillips?

Rob, I gather the Phillips votes leap overnight, so there is a suspicion of a US lobby for Mad Mel, which is hardly surprising, but perverse in a Best UK Blog Award.

Lee, I first heard about this years award when Nosemonkey tweeted to say to vote for CiB. I misread it, went and voted for him, then saw the results so far.

I really dislike these awards, so easy to abuse. Then, most internet polling facilities are, even the livejournal system is open to a bit of abuse, even if it’s far better than most others.
Still, at least bloody Clark’s way behind this time.

Hardly a cracking selection.

And it’s spelt “Iain”, not “Ian”.

Complain to the author of the poll, LFaT 😛

11. QuestionThat

What a farcical vote. The three that are actually great UK blogs are on less than 4%, and we have to vote for some little local blog just to stop a madwoman winning.

Call me old-fashioned, but I’d like to vote for someone I actually want to win, rather than someone I have never heard of versus lots of people I definitely don’t want to win…

Woohoo! Democracy in action! I’d love to see what you have to say about tactical voting come the election.

“Christ, who is voting for Mel Phillips?”

People who don’t agree with your sick left-wing opinions, such people actually exist.

15. Conor Foley

Jennie you are old fashioned.

I voted for olly’s onions yesterday, but that is obviously a wasted vote.

‘We are all Brummies now” as they say (yuck)

“Woohoo! Democracy in action! I’d love to see what you have to say about tactical voting come the election.”

And it will be entirely hypocritical, unless of course the general election isn’t conducted by a “vote a day, change your IP and clear your cookies and vote more” system.

17. Alisdair Cameron

I’d agree it’s a pretty dismal list, nearly as dismal as LabourList. F***king hell, it’s really dreadful isn’t it, Draper’s effort? Couldn’t let the control go for a minute, let alone concede that sites like this (and others) do open dialogue better, because they don’t insist on slavishly following the decreed line…

As a Labour voter I heartily approve of this strategy of voting for the least worst option in a two-horse race to stop the Tories winning, regardless of whether you support the other one or not ;p

19. Frank Enburt

http://ollysonions.blogspot.com/2009/01/israels-bitterest-foe-yet.html

generally, though I agree It’s a terrible list. terrible

Not that I’m trying to reopen old wounds, but isn’t it a bit contradictory to urge people to vote in this poll while calling for a boycott of the Iain Dale list?

I consider both to be pretty unrepresentative, but at least the Dale one gives lesser known blogs a chance to shine.

I am complying of course – Melanie Phillips winning would be too awful to contemplate. But I have to admit to not having heard of Created in Birmingham. Voting in this way does seem an exceptionally silly way to run a contest such as this.

I’m only plugging it because Mad Mel might win. The funny thing is, the Spectator site is plugging her relentlessly and they’re still losing. And now, apprently it’s a leftie conspiracy! I kid you not. It’s worth making her lose just for that.

22. QuestionThat

Looks like Created In Birmingham was first past the post.


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