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Proposal for deciding the best bloggers of 2006

I noticed over at Jason Cherniak’s site the past couple of days that he’d posted a couple of lists for who he felt were the Top 10 Male Bloggers in 2006 and Top 10 Female Bloggers in 2006. Initial reactions from me are:

  1. I’m flattered he’d bother to even include me in his Top 10, much less #5.
  2. He has good taste for who he picked from the women side, as 4 of them are also in my required daily reading and a couple of others are ones I check fairly often.
  3. To those people who ragged on him (for not including any bloggers from Quebec on the male list and having a “Liberal/Prog bias” and for supposedly demeaning the women bloggers by making a separate list in the first place) I say GROW UP!.

It’s a list of people he personally liked and his personal tastes, so he’s going to post who he feels deserve that honour. He isn’t trying to represent the whole blogosphere to the rest of the outside world who we all felt deserved a special mention. I know people like to rag on Jason any chance they get (and I certainly do from time to time 😉 ), but this is a stupid reason to do so. If you dont like his list, post your own Top 10 blogs.

That being said, it got me to thinking how the Canadian blogosphere could rank the Top 10 bloggers in a given year in some form of voting manner, and I think my idea for it would be this:

I dont like the idea of a voting once a day format, as its much to easy to “freep” the votes by blogs with motivated slavishly devoted followers. What I’d prefer is making up a panel of bloggers from a cross-section of our Canadian political blogosphere to vote on submissions – either from nominations by the general blogging community at large, or by submissions that those on the panel themselves decide to nominate (sorta like how the movies get nominated for the Oscars).

You could do the voting by having the panel rank them similar to what the baseball writers do for picking baseball’s MVP award: Rank your blogs #1 thru 10. Your #10 ranked blog would get 1 point, #9 2 points, and so forth, but your #1 ranked blog would get 15 points.

As for the panel, I would propose that it be made up of a combination of those from the different blogrolls plus some prominent unaffiliated bloggers. I realize that the Progressive Bloggers has a large cross-pollination from all the “non-Blogging Tory blogrolls”, so it would have to be decided how you’d pick from there – either pick individual bloggers from the Greens/NDP/Liberals separately and then fill in with some “progressives” that arent on any of the blogrolls other then Prog Blog, or else lump them all in and choose them from our 1 big blogroll list and pick that way. You also have the Non-Partisan Blogroll out there, and some unaffiliateds. Regardless.. I would say the panel should be no smaller then 10 and no larger then 20 of these representatives to vote on.

As for the lists, you could either have one Top 10 Bloggers list, or you could have Top 10’s for each of the male and female bloggers out there. I prefer the 2nd option myself because it allows the panel to give out more individual recognition. They could also have the “Best Blog of 2006” overall from both lists to vote on if you wanted to have an overall recognition of 1 particular specific blog.

Thats my particular musing on this topic. I dont know how much interest it will generate, since its the weekend and New Years Eve is upon us, but hopefully it will generate some discussion here or elsewhere. I think something like this could be put together fairly quickly, if the will to do it and agreement to the concept was out there. So, I’ll throw this out there and see what we get for a reaction.


10 comments to Proposal for deciding the best bloggers of 2006

  • I like the idea, Scott. I think, though, that using 20 people would be a bit difficult with the point system you propose. I would prefer that the moderator of each list collect the votes from their list. As much as I like Prog Blogs, I think it would be easier to use the different partian lists (and the one non-partisan one) so as to avoid overlap.

  • Proposal for deciding the best bloggers of 2006

    We did that already. Raymi The Minx won. :em23:

  • Sorry about the dumb question, I was just a bit confused.

    I would like to plead that at least one bona fide so-con be added to the panel. Someone really in favour of equality for unborn children and heterogamy (my word for “traditional definition of marraige, as opposed to “homogamy”).

    If we’re going to be representative, let’s be really representative. So-Con Squandron is a good place to start to find a so-con. I would hate to see it being a panel of Liberals, NDPers and token Red Tories. I would like to see a WIDE variety of political representation. Of course the “center” will be heavily represented, but I would hope you would aim for a good mix of “marginals” in there. I am sick to death of the MSM being focused on a small spectrum of belief. Let’s mix it up.

    I also suggest that you select among those who read widely across the political spectrum. Some bloggers don’t.

  • I think a vote run jointly by the Blogging Tories and Prog Blogs could be a fun exercise in internet democracy.

  • Devin wrote:
    [quote comment=”318″]Scott:

    I can’t really distinguish between male and female bloggers because I rarely check to see if what I am reading was written by a man or woman…

    Maybe I should post this at my place.[/quote]

    We all have individual likes and dislikes of blogs, Devin. That’s why I was taking those people to task at Cherniak’s site for complaining about who he chose and who he didnt. :em49: It’s his personal list.. he can choose who he wants.

    Sure.. post it at your blog.. anything to generate discussion.

  • Suzanne asked:
    [quote comment=”315″]Is this only for progressive bloggers?
    I’m just asking.[/quote]

    No, It would be for every blog involved out there. If it was only for Prog Blog, I’d not even have suggested the Blogging Tories be on the panel, or the non-partisans and unaffiliated’s for that matter.

  • Scott:

    I can’t really distinguish between male and female bloggers because I rarely check to see if what I am reading was written by a man or woman. That said, I will say that Michelle Oliel would not be anywhere my top 10, or top 1,000 for that matter. Anyways, here are my top five bloggers of 2006 (regardless of gender):

    1) BCer in Toronto — After meeting him in Montreal I have made it a point to read Jeff’s blog and have discovered that it is one of the best (the best?) around.

    2) Calgary Grit — Dan’s posts are the most informative on the blogosphere. I especially enjoyed his “Best PM Canada Never Had” feature.

    3) Canadian Cerberus — Although he has not posted for more than three weeks, Ted was prolific in the months leading up to the leadership convention.

    4) Political Staples — If I have to pick a Blogging Tory, its Greg. Joanne at Joanne’s Journey isn’t too bad either. Both are miles ahead of the more widely recognized Kate MacMillan, Stephen Taylor or Steve Jahnke.

    5) Slap Upside the Head — Mark has one of the most entertaining and original blogs anywhere. I look forward to seeing what he has to say (draw) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    By the way, I don’t consider Wells, Kinsella, Radwanski, Coyne, Akin, Doskoch, Zerbesias, etc. to be bloggers. While I do read their stuff regularly, they are in a different category from those of us who do something else for a living.

    Maybe I should post this at my place.

  • Is this only for progressive bloggers?

    I’m just asking.

  • Whatever voting system you decide on, make sure it’s representative, democratic and a form of PR. :em21:

  • Sounds interesting to me Scott. I would like a fair system to vote for the best canadian blogs, even more than top 10, maybe more like top 50 so that there would be a wider cross-section. There was the Canadian Blog Awards, but I like your idea of a panel.

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