Did Iain Dale tell you he has a new book out? What? He did? Oh.
Anyway, seemingly on his blog he is publishing some of the lists that are appearing in the book and today the top twenty Scottish blogs, as decided by Grant Thoms of Tartan Hero fame, have been posted. I am guessing — since the book is about political blogging and Iain Dale’s is a political blog — that it is a list of Scottish political blogs. This blog appears at number 2 in the list.
This raises the thorny old issue — is this a political blog? I grappled with this on the back of the election earlier this year.
Like I said in that post, back when I was a seventeen year old (when I was still in blog nappies and regularly vomiting in the sidebar), I used to aspire to be a political blogger. Over the years I became more and more apathetic about party politics (although usually not the issues in general) and I gradually toned down the political posts until this blog ended up being the eclectic rag-bag it is today. Nowadays I only really blog about politics if I get really wound up.
Anyway, it’s not every day you get linked to from one of the country’s most popular political blogs. Perhaps not the best selection of posts to have on the front page. So many people will have arrived to see the post about Blur (which I only did because I couldn’t be bothered writing a proper post!), some F1 posts and “ooh, look at me on the radio”. Politics is nowhere to be seen really.
Still, I am of course grateful that Grant Thoms saw fit to put me in second place, even if I’m not sure if it’s deserved or if I’m even eligible. But the thing about lists is that nobody ever agrees with another person’s list. It is bad enough choosing just number one, but to choose one to twenty and rank them… well, nobody is going to be very happy with the result. You can see that in the comments at Iain Dale’s.
Many — including The Devil’s Kitchen — are quite rightly asking where Mr Eugenides is. Personally, I am not sure why Rolled-Up Trousers is number one. I think it’s a good blog, but number one? Not so sure.
I would have placed J. Arthur MacNumpty and Holyrood Chronicles (not Hollywood Chronicles as Iain Dale wrote, no matter what the politicians might like to think!) higher, although I probably should not say what I would put lower as that is not very polite. But like I say. Lists? Fun to make, but infuriating to read.
Kerron Cross suggested in Iain Dale’s comments that Ridiculous Politics should have made the top twenty. Ridiculous Politics is the most aptly named blog out there. Once, when I was considering posts to go into the roundup, I got so angry at it that I wrote a long rant about why Ridiculous Politics is ridiculous. Needless to say, it wouldn’t have made my top twenty.
Update: Just realised also — where is SNP Tactical Voting?