Is it me, or do you discern a shift in the blogosphere? Recently, a raft of SNP leaning blogs have simply vanished. A variety of reasons have been given, but there is something lemming like about their corporate demise.
Iain Dale's Diary, once the must read of blogs has for some time been an outrageous organ of self-promotion and Tory small-talk. After years of reading it, I have now taken it off my list of most read. It continues to dominate the blog rankings, but for how long? I think Iain has lost interest.
Interestingly, and by comparison, Tom Harris has come on in leaps and bounds. Once the epistola of a quite nice guy who was handicapped by liking Genesis and Dr Who, Tom has found a unique and convincing voice among the white noise of spin and vomit-inducing New Labour nutters and downright utter shits that inhabit the left of cyberspace. And whilst being Labour to the core, he is hugely entertaining and capable of homing in on real issues that don't get talked about elsewhere. Best of all, he publishes (mostly) my invective, which is more than The Times or the BBC will do.
Others, like Old Holborn, are on the up. OH thinks and feels like me, which is why our paths do not cross that often. What is the point of commenting, when all I could say is, "I agree entirely? He just expresses his self a bit differently - and, by all accounts is very popular.
I don't know, I really don't know, but there appears to be a pruning process in the top political blogs. There are many more I could mention; Guido of course and Political Betting that have stayed steady and strong, but I just sense there is a change going on. What do you think?
I am not unaware of the presence of Tory Bear, who by all accounts has rocketed into the blogosphere, and with good reason. Dale, watch your back.