Total Politics Guide to Political Blogging in the UK 2011/12
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The number of people reading and writing political blogs in the UK continues to grow, just as political bloggers grow in influence and authority.
Now in its sixth year, the Total Politics Guide to Political Blogging comprises contributions from leading media commentators and bloggers analysing the state of the blogosphere and predicting where it might move next, as well as chronicling the pitfalls to avoid. The guide also contains blogging league tables, as voted for by Total Politics readers, which charts which blogs are the most influential in their field.
not lead to the dissolution of the all-powerful and exclusive Lobby; those members will still have far greater access to the power-makers and be privy to far more secrets and information that can be tweeted. For politicians, the Gordon Brown YouTube disaster serves as a reminder that while we may live in a social media age we must not be dominated or become unduly influenced by it. It is a very useful communication tool, but not the only one available. But despite these caveats, Twitter is
departments. I was first on their list, and I wrote a piece for the website about their protest, putting it in the context of concurrent student occupations. It was later covered by the BBC, but the fact that they’d come to us meant that we had ownership of the story, and at least until it was picked up by bigger news organisations, there was a substantial amount of traffic and debate on the site. It was mutually beneficial, as from the protestors’ perspective, the story probably wouldn’t have
are leading the field, with the Daily Mail’s very recently launched Right Minds blog coming up on the rails with real intent. Coffee House was up a place to fourth in the right-wing league table, though it could reasonably be considered to be of a conservative (small ‘c’, remember) bent too. The Telegraph’s bloggers tend to be well-known as individual columnists, so it is hard to quantify their standing as a collective entity. However, the Conservative MEP Dan Hannan appears unmoved in third
relatively short space of time. The pursuit is nowadays cleaner, leaner, calmer, more substantial and, crucially, more professional. So much so that it can be difficult to ascertain in some instances which websites are blogs and which are mature, bona fide media outlets in their own right. The crossover between journalist and blogger is becoming more blurred with media events regularly booking online scribes as often as print journalists. There may not be the same infiltration (some would
backbenchers can look alarmingly real. One quick check can be to see who they are following and is following them back; who is the first person they follow? If it is someone random and not obviously linked to them (like an aide) then that can be a warning sign. When was the account set up and how many tweets has he or she sent? Sometimes it pays to give the tweeter’s office a call. For example, I was slightly suspicious about Bob Ainsworth’s account but one phone call and his assistant assured