Iain Dale, Tory ambassador to the blogosphere, recently published his top political blogs. 
But one of things that worried me about his lists, comprehensive though they are, is they appear to have a very narrow view of what a political blog actually is. When you realise they are divided into Tory, LibDem and Labour blogs you'll immediately see why I say this.
What about the anarchist blogs? The feminists? The Greens and the left of Labour blogs? Well, I suppose you can't expect a Tory to include them, but that's no reason to let him define what blogs are and are not political.
So, I've taken it on myself to compile the top 100 Green Blogs, and I hope others will take up the challenge to cover the other bases. To this end I've begun compiling a list of all the *UK* Green blogs I can find - and I'm already up to 50 but clearly I'd like your help to get any I've missed.
My criteria for inclusion are the blog must be focused on the environment or written by someone who is active in Green Politics (so there are quite a few Green Party councilors with blogs - I'm not going to check them for how much they talk about windfarms) they must be reasonably upto date (if the last post was in July you ain't getting in the best 100) they should qualify as a blog rather than a website or PR for a company, although obviously group blogs are acceptable.
Iain marked the blogs as follows "each blog out of ten on the following 10 areas: design; frequency of posting; writing ability; personality; comment; humour; range; interaction; popularity; independence of thought. This generated a mark out of 100" and I think the only way to be fair is to stick to this (pretty reasonable) format and do it properly. So, for example, if your blog looks terrible you will get zero for design (he said having looked at some of the 50 in utter disbelief and despair!)
If you go down the right hand column you'll find a list of green blogs - if you know of anyone missing from this who is from the UK, still posting to their blog and identifiably in the green spectrum let me know either in the comments box or by email. I'm quite looking forward to this.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Iain Dale, Tory ambassador to the blogosphere, recently published his top political blogs.