LDV weekend meme: what is the state of the Lib Dem blogosphere?

When Iain Dale asked if Lib Dem Voice would this year co-sponsor Total Politics’ Best Blog Poll 2009, he also set me some homework: to write c.1,000 words on ‘the State of the LibDem blogosphere’ by the end of the month? As you will see from the date, my deadline is fast approaching.

I’ve got a few ideas of what I intend to write, but I’d greatly appreciate the insistence of Lib Dem Voice readers – as well as Lib Dem bloggers – to ensure my analysis is suitably rounded and informed. I’ve come up with five questions I want to (try and) answer in my article:

  • What are the greatest successes of the Lib Dem blogosphere?
  • What are we, collectively as bloggers, failing to achieve?
  • How does the Lib Dem blogosphere compare with those of the Labour, Tories and other parties’?
  • How helpful is blogging as a campaigning tool (are there examples of it making a real impact)?
  • What do you think the next year holds in store for the Lib Dem blogosphere?

How would you answer them? If you have a blog, please feel free to address them there, and leave a link to your article in the comments thread. If you don’t have a blog, please feel free to address them directly in the comments thread.

Much obliged…

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15 Comments

  • stand still 25th Jul '09 - 4:43pm

    A sense of humour from you and especially your readership will be required. Not having a sense of humour means more people than usual will laugh at you.I bet you think im joking.

  • Alix Mortimer Fanboi 25th Jul '09 - 5:52pm

    My thoughts:

    1. This might be controversial but I would say Lib Dem blogs tend to be much more substantive than Labour or Tory blogs. If you look at stuff like Cons Home, Tom Harris, Iain Dale it tends to be just tittle-tattle whereas Alix Mortimer, Alex Wilcock, Mark Reckons, Lynne Featherstone, Cicero’s Songs all focus on policy and important issues. I can only really think of Hopi Sen, Dan Hannan and John Redwood who actually seem to properly engage with the issues on the opposition side.

    2. I think blogs can help to galvanise supporters (e.g. LD Voice could have done something similar to Cons Home where they organised a coach from London to Norwich North). But I think it’s usefulness as a campaigning tool is quite limited and the only people who are interested in blogs tend to be people who are already interested in politics.

  • Paul Harding 25th Jul '09 - 7:18pm

    The Conservative blogers are in general far more nasty than the others, they are hugely opportunistic and thrive of the failure of the Labour Government. It would be really interesting to see the fall of the tory photosphere in the 12-18 months time and the rise of the Labour photosphere.

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