It's the time of year when the blogosphere is crowded with shameless pleas for votes in the Total Politics blog poll and I am not above asking for you to take five minutes out of your day to make this blog one of your choices - especially as the poll closes on my birthday. If you've enjoyed the posts I've written, charting the journey of a peace loving leftie hippy learning to love the Lib Dem coalition with the Tories, or about the highs and lows of the election campaign and its aftermath, then please give give me your support.
I like the little widgety thing the people at Total Politics have produced, meaning you can click straight through to their rules and instructions about how to vote from the very top of this post. I've copied the rules here as well, just to be extra helpful.
The rules are simple.
1. You must vote for your ten favourite blogs and ranks them from 1 (your favourite) to 10 (your tenth favourite).
2. Your votes must be ranked from 1 to 10. Any votes which do not have rankings will not be counted.
3. You MUST include at least FIVE blogs in your list, but please list ten if you can. If you include fewer than five, your vote will not count.
4. Email your vote to firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Only vote once.
6. Only blogs based in the UK, run by UK residents or based on UK politics are eligible. No blog will be excluded from voting.
7. Anonymous votes left in the comments will not count. You must give a name
8. All votes must be received by midnight on 31 July 2010. Any votes received after that date will not count.
I like the opportunity to vote for your ten favourite blogs - although to be honest getting them down to that number is quite a challenge for me. My blog roll at the moment has around 100 super blogs on it and I'm always discovering new ones.
I hope that we end up with more Liberal Democrat blogs in the top 100 this year - and also that we see more women. There are plenty fantastic women out there blogging but they simply aren't always recognised. Some people have tried to address that - like those nice people at Missive. If you are a woman political blogger who hasn't been added to their list - please contact them now. And here are some lovely Liberal Democrat blogs for you to peruse.
Ok, dear reader, this is where it gets complicated. I wrote this early this morning and set it to publish at 6 pm - gets the post featuring on all the blogrolls I'm on all evening and overnight, how clever is that? Then I saw at lunchtime that Jennie has started a Rage Against the Machine style campaign to get Innerbrat to the top of the charts. She wants us all to vote for Innerbrat at number 1. I can see what she's trying to do, but like I could never vote anything other than Liberal Democrat, my number 1 spot has consistently been reserved for one particular blogger in various guises for some time and I am not changing that just to stick one in the eye to a tosser however egregious and Tory he may be. However, I will give Innerbrat a high up spot, though because I think Jennie has hit on a very good idea. I have added her to my blog roll so you can keep up with what she's got to say.
Don't miss out on your opportunity to vote. No doubt I will put my final vote in at the last minute. I found it really difficult last year to decide who to vote for and in what order and was chopping and changing right to the end. You don't need to make as much of a meal of it as I do, though.