Well done to those excellent bloggers who won the Lib Dem blog awards this year.
I have my reservations about the rather insular nature of the Lib Dem blogosphere, but I personally think the winners are very worthy and are a great example of what good Lib Dem blogs should be like.
In the coming 12 months the Lib Dem blogosphere needs to now become less navel gazing, less about talking to the converted and more about setting the agenda, positioning itself to take the attack to whoever wins the next election and less concerned with appealing to itself, more about being read by the electorate.
My readership used to be predominately Lib Dem, but I have stopped worrying about trying to get in the Lib Dem Voice "Top of the Blogs", and instead been more interested in writing something that will make non Lib Dems realise that Lib Dems can be thoroughly normal people. This is why, according to my survey of readers I conducted recently, only around half the people who read my blog are Lib Dems. I don't want to put Lib Dems off (although I am sure I have by daring to criticise some of the great and the good), but if it means getting a wider audience and a more diverse readership, then surely that is the aim of blogging ?
The People's Republic of Mortimer is a good example of a blog that straddles both camps, is popular with Lib Dems but also appeals to non Lib Dems too. Can others achieve similar success in the next 12 months ? I think so, but it will take a change of tack by some Lib Dem bloggers.
Update : I see already that I am receiving criticism from those lucky Lib Dems able to go to conference. Of course, other than being told I am wrong, no reasons or justification is given, so you will have to judge for yourself. The fact is though that Lib Dem blogs don't do well in blog awards, they are not positioned to reach outside of party circles as other blogs seem to be.