UPDATE :As someone pointed out in the comments, congratulations are due to Iain on winning more traffic than Guido last month. Guido has, to be fair, been distracted of late with two books* in the pipeline, overseeing Polish builders finishing off a new house, business pressures and just the tedium of Blair’s long goodbye sapping his enthusiasm for blogging.
Iain has beaten Guido some months in the past, competition is healthy and imminent developments in the Loans for Lordships scandal should see traffic explode. Guido will be all over it…
*The Big Red Book of New Labour Sleaze is out, the forthcoming Levy book is still some time from publication.
Guido even managed to beat blogging Benedict Brogan, which is becoming increasingly difficult to do nowadays. Do keep up the rest of you…
François had four children with Ségolène Royal (pictured left), the losing French Socialist Presidential candidate. He is having an affair with TV8’s political reporter, Valerie Trierweiler (pictured right). When announcing their split the elegant Ségolène said that now “he was free to enjoy his romantic life alone”.
France has strict privacy laws of the kind that some of our politicians would love to have over here. Blogs now make those laws almost impossible to enforce. Technological progress.
Hat-tip : EuroSoc
After Guido-related search terms the most popular search phrases were in order:
“gordon brown gay”
“the hitch blog”
“sir michael white”
What is it that some 600 people want to know about Katy?
The biggest easily identifiable readership groups (in order) come from:
Houses of Parliament
University of Bristol
Loafing layabouts the lot of you…
(a) not a blog
(b) a mish-mash of variable quality writers.
Interesting to see how it develops and what the Telegraph thinks it will achieve by offering free MyTelegraph branded blogs to the masses. They get traffic, extra advertising revenue and you get a simple and restrictive blog in their gated community. Not sure how appealing that is as a proposition. Probably a place to start. Readers will have to invest a lot of time in finding writers they want to read and the noise to signal ratio will inevitably be high.
Until now the Telegraph’s blogging journalists have not been overwhelmed with comments and although Little and Large seems occasionally interesting, most of the blogs seem dead. (The giveaway is those digg et al voting buttons gathering dust and merely serving to emphasise that nobody diggs them.)
If an amateur citizen journalist blogger on MyTelegraph becomes a hit, how will the journos react? They are not exactly setting a tough standard to beat…
They do make the point today that they are the only open-access tool for grassroots activists. ConservativeHome and LibDemVoice allow user comments but have editors. Anything goes on LabourHome and anybody can put up articles. The new site allows some editorial intervention in that better articles can be bumped up front and centre by the editors. This might spare online political junkies the necessity of wading through endless articles on “bringing back socialism” for more current issues.
Not sure the best way to relaunch is to put a picture of yesterday’s man on the front…