Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Total Politics Results: Top 40 Welsh Blogs

Forty Welsh blogs [a high number, I thought] have made it into Iain Dale's Top 40 Welsh Blogs list for his Guide to Political Blogging in the UK 2008-9.

As Iain puts it "Plaid Cymru will be pleased with their showing in the Welsh Top Blogs list, with 18 of the 40 places going to nationalist blogs." Those Nationalists have far too much time on their hands!

  1. Peter Black AM
  2. Glyn Davies
  3. Ordovicius
  4. Miss Wagstaff Presents
  5. David Cornock
  6. Miserable Old Fart
  7. Cambria Politico
  8. Bethan Jenkins AM
  9. Betsan Powys
  10. Adam Price MP
  11. Cynical Dragon
  12. Vaughan Roderick
  13. Guerilla Welsh Fare
  14. Valleys Mam
  15. Welsh Ramblings
  16. Dib Lemming
  17. Hen Rech Flin
  18. Blog Menai
  19. Lone Voice
  20. Amlwch to Magor
  21. Welsh Blog Index
  22. David Jones MP
  23. Paul Flynn MP
  24. 07.25 to Paddington
  25. Borthlas
  26. Blog Dafael
  27. John Moorcraft
  28. Andrew Nutt
  29. Ceredig
  30. Nicolas Webb
  31. Dylan Jones-Evans
  32. Inside Out @ Swansea
  33. Leighton Andrews AM
  34. Elfyn Llwyd
  35. Huw Lewis AM
  36. Jill Evans MEP
  37. Gwilym Euros Roberts
  38. New Welsh Right
  39. Independence Cymru
  40. Martin Eaglestone

The full list and entire series can be followed by clicking on the following link to Iain Dale's Diary.


Anonymous 26 August 2008 at 23:04  

Common knowledge that Plaid supporters have been heavily lobbied to respond.

Rhetoric Innes 26 August 2008 at 23:19  

ach dont take alot of noticing of these blog thingymygig awards... along with miss wagstaff and peter Black. .theres only another half dozen worth reading. Welsh Lobbyist is a good blog, Nick Bourne is thoughtful and Hen Ferchetan is the best womens blog ive seen. They were not even on the list...

Miss Wagstaff 26 August 2008 at 23:24  

Absolutely agree with you. Some good blogs have been missed off the list. That's the trouble when bloggers get friends, family, and political parties to vote for them.

ardibeltza 27 August 2008 at 07:45  

At least two of the "Plaid" blogs are in fact vehemently anti-Plaid - Gwilym Euros is a Llais Gwynedd councillor and Miserable old fart is also anti-Plaid, albeit from a nationalist perspective.

By the by, I'm amazed all the bloggers listed in Dale have fallen hook line and sinker for his clever marketing move. He gives the most popular blogs a mention (and some are just making up the numbers) and they slavishly give him a plug... d'oh!

David 27 August 2008 at 10:21  

At least two of the "Plaid" blogs are in fact vehemently anti-Plaid

You can make that three, I've noticed that my blog was coloured green for Plaid. Despite my roots with that party I cancelled my membership ages ago and have been vocal in criticising the party and certain person within it.

I was surprised Hen Ferchetan wasn't there.

Miss Wagstaff 27 August 2008 at 10:35  

"I was surprised Hen Ferchetan wasn't there."

I think we're all surprised by that one, and the inclusion of some blogs on the list. Referring to my previous comment seems to point to the answer.

Miss Wagstaff 27 August 2008 at 10:40  

"By the by, I'm amazed all the bloggers listed in Dale have fallen hook line and sinker for his clever marketing move."

We've just accepted that it's an 'annual event' in the world of blogging. Just a bit of fun for us; doesn't matter whether you're number 1 or 40; not objective; there's no prize; and it doesn't pay the mortgage.


Hen Ferchetan 27 August 2008 at 14:45  

Thanks for the concerns rheotric, david and miss wagstaff. I didn't post about the awards on the blog like most did, but don't worry too much about me, I did sneak in at number 20 (under the blog's proper name)

Miss Wagstaff 27 August 2008 at 15:12  

Hen, I must be suffering from word blindness!

David 27 August 2008 at 16:54  

Haha, snap on the word blindness front...though 20 is too low in my opinion

Andrew Nutt 27 August 2008 at 19:11  

I not a fan of league tables but I'm very proud to be 28th in the table

Anonymous 27 August 2008 at 19:39  

Anti-Plaid blogs? Heaven forbid!!
I thought this was still a democracy - ergo people can be anti-anything they like?
I thought Plaid supporters would welcome people taking an opposing view - or maybe not? :-)

Valleys Mam 27 August 2008 at 21:46  

all these comments on bloody awards (not just on your site Pippa,I sounded off on mine too ,so not a pop at you )- on important issues like poverty and abuse -silence.
what does that say about us

Miss Wagstaff 27 August 2008 at 22:00  

I understand Valleys Mam. Have been using it as an excuse to have a break from blogging and just providing updates.

Morgan Hen (Morgan the Old) 27 August 2008 at 23:51  

These blog awards don't bother. Mine is ecletic and reflects my interest. What does concern me is the lack of visibilty of Wales in the wider world, and should be a consideration to us all. I know. Yesterday I was described as "Wales man"! and that was someone who has a degree!

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