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5 Star Blogging

A selection of five great posts by independent bloggers recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing…

1. The Anger of a Quiet Man on Equality or Ability?

2. Max Farquar on ACPO Will Love This

3. Warning Signs on Spending Insanely While the Economy Collapses

4. Klein Verzet on A Failure of the Community

5. Roy Spencer Ph.D on More Evidence That Global Warming Is a False Alarm…

5 Star Blogging

A selection of five great posts by independent bloggers recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing…

1. Adam Smith Institute on The Accepted Wisdom on Greece

2. Jo Nova on Clean energy “investments” just a tiny $243 Billion in 2010

3. Charles Crawford on The EU: Too Complex to Work, To Complex to Reform!

4. UKK41 on Democracy – Bribes or Principle

5. Harry’s Place on Wilders: Liberty If It Means Anything…

5 Star Blogging

A selection of five great posts by independent bloggers recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing…

1. The Boiling Frog on Census Data Hacked?

2. No Frakking Consensus on Pachauri’s Cause

3. Your Freedom and Ours on Irwin Stelzer sees only darkness at the end of the tunnel

4. England Expects on Look What the EU Has In Store For You This Week

5. Cranmer on BBC Apologises to The Freedom Association: Some TV Licence-Payers Are More Equal Than Others

5 Star Blogging

A selection of five great posts by independent bloggers recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing…

1. Calling England on Never You Tell ’em a Lie

2. A Place To Stand on ‘Catastrophic Global Warming’ Still Falling Apart

3. Prodicus on Hellas, hélas

4. Tim Worstall on Blind Idiocy Over Carbon Permits

5. I Blog, Therefore I Am on Baby P is Turning in His Grave

5 Star Blogging

A selection of five great posts by independent bloggers recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing…

1. Nourishing Obscurity on Constitutional Games

2. Jennifer Marohasy on Carbon Tax as a Failed European Policy

3. Raedwald on Not ‘Realists’ But ‘Statists’

4. PanScourer! on IPCC Caught Out Again

5. Subrosa on The IMF’s Second Biggest Problem After the Greek Bailout

5 Star Blogging

A selection of five great posts by independent bloggers recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing…

1. Real Science on GISS Shows No Warming Over The Last Decade

2. Fairfacts Media Show on The Ecological and Economic Disaster of Wind Farms

3. Defence of the Realm on The Politics of Denial

4. The Grim Reaper on 26+6 = One Disunited Ireland

5. A Very British Dude on The Banality of Evil

5 Star Blogging

A selection of five great posts by independent bloggers recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing…

1. Idiot Husbands Blog on Ism…

2. EU Referendum on Mind Over Matter

3. The Angry Exile on Cobbleition Out-Labouring Labour Yet Again

4. BBC Institutional Bias on 108 – WAR – Thursday 16th June 2011

5. The Talking Clock on The State of Play: Britain Today

5 Star Blogging

A selection of five great posts by independent bloggers recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing…

1. A Tangled Web on Of Stealth Taxes and Brazen Hypocrisy

2. European Disunion on EU Regulation Costs Six Hundred Billion

3. Off With Your Head on All Relative

4. Bishop Hill on Will Black React?

5. Harry’s Place on The MCB, Prevent and ‘Neoconservatives’

5 Star Blogging

A selection of five great posts by independent bloggers recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing…

1. the Air Vent on Experts

2. Watts Up With That? on New Sea Level Dataset Available – Still Flat

3. Not A Sheep on Ed Balls – His Claims and the Reality

4. Witterings From Witney on Yet More Political Smokescreening

5. The Appalling Strangeness on The Deserving Poor

Increasing the strength of the independent blogs

The importance of independent broadly political blogs cannot be overstated. The time invested and dedication shown by a number of devoted individuals – who strive to break news ignored or missed elsewhere, expose hypocrisy and idiocy and analyse the spin doled out to the public – is incredible. They should be cherished.

Recent months have seen something of an attempt to organise part of the blogosphere. While the content, voices and personalities of the independent bloggers is what will always matter, two initiatives are working to benefit a good number of relatively small or little known blogs. They are Orphans of Liberty and Independent Political Bloggers.

One seasoned blogger I have spoken with has correctly identified that: ‘the essence of blogging is the individuality… people will do it for their own diverse reasons and the people who are any good will not be marshalled. Readers go for the person.  That being so, the greatest value of Orphans of Liberty and Independent Political Bloggers is that they provide a bigger stage for independent bloggers, the opportunity for them to be supportive of each other and offer encouragement and referrals by cross linking to each other.

It is the willingness to link to each other, helping to drive traffic to each others’ content and enhancing search results in engines such as Google, that is key to increasing audience share.

Mutual cooperation is the only way to build a greater profile as independent bloggers cannot rely on the likes of the so called uberbloggers or hacks in the mainstream media to provide credit where it’s due for good or informative content or add links to excellent content. Richard North at Independent Political Bloggers hits the nail on the head:

Inexplicably, though, the independents often help the corporates out, linking freely to their parasitic clogs – who will never reciprocate – and ignoring their fellow independents. Thus does some fine writing in the independent blogosphere struggle for an audience, while the clogs prosper.

In what is a battle for survival, therefore, independents can help each other out, by favouring other independents in their links, and being extremely sparing in their links to the clogs, the claque and other parasites. Basically, the convention of reciprocation should be a guide, leaving the parasites to feed their own.

While it is easy to talk about this issue, all independent blogs have it within their gift to do something tangible help each other.  For my part that effort starts this weekend.

I will be updating my blogroll to ensure it only contains good independents and those who do actually link to ‘Division 2’ blogs (done). I will also make an effort at least twice per week (hopefully more) to link to good content on blogs I’ve rarely or never linked to before to bring to your attention informative or entertaining content that is worth reading. As someone with posting rights to both multi-author blogs I will also make an effort to at least cross post to them once per week. Hopefully other independent blogs will do something similar.

It isn’t a new idea, many have done this before. But hopefully it will become part of a more concerted effort by a good number of independent bloggers to make a lasting difference and prevent themselves being subsumed by the claque and the clogs which, in order to stay in with the movers and shakers, rarely deviate from the ‘approved’ narrative.

5 Star Blogging

A (usually) daily selection of five blog posts recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing…

1. GWPF on Helmut Schmidt Calls For IPCC Inquiry

2. Klein Verzet on Burning Food

3. Ockham’s Razor on Clueless In Downing Street

4. Subrosa on A Scottish First

5. Confirm or Deny on Should State Funded Political Parties Be Subject To FOI?

5 Star Blogging

A (usually) daily selection of five blog posts recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing…

1. Looking For A Voice on The FOI (Amendment) Bill 2010-11 – The Flint Axe

2. Witterings From Witney on Wales Is A Region Of The EU For Heaven’s Sake

3. Captain Ranty on Living Free In An Unfree World

4. Cranmer on Barnsley By-Election Is A Triumph For UKIP

5. Climate Change Dispatch on Exposing The Fraud In The So-Called Consensus

5 Star Blogging

A (usually) daily selection of five blog posts recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing… making Liz famous!

1. Nourishing Obscurity on Groupthink Spreads Through UK Like A Cancer

2. A Very British Dude on The Cuts Do Not Go Far Enough

3. Biased BBC on People’s Enemy

4. Your Freedom And Ours on Even I’m Speechless

5. Roger Pielke Jr on Maybe If We Don’t Mention No One Will Notice

5 Star Blogging

A (usually) daily selection of five blog posts recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing… especially for Liz!

1. Honest Reporting on Hamas Keeping Up With The New Middle East

2. Crash Bang Wallace on Foreign Policy Pendulum Risks A Libyan Massacre

3. Jo Nova on Shut Down Australia And Save 0.01 Degrees

4. Calling England on Loathing The Coalition

5. Not A Sheep on Isn’t It Nice When The MSM Catch Up With The Blogosphere

5 Star Blogging

A (usually) daily selection of five blog posts recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing…

1. Ockham’s Razor on NHS Euthanasia

2. Longrider on Blunkett Doesn’t Know When To Stop

3. Ian PJ on ECHR & British Bill Of Rights – A Smokescreen

4. Honest Reporting on Iranian Warships En Route To Suez, Israel Threatens Action

5. Norman Tebbit on Don’t Look Left for the Answers

5 Star Blogging

A (usually) daily selection of five blog posts recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing…

1. Biased BBC on BBC Geert Wilders Hit Job

2. Cranmer on Niall Ferguson Tells It Like It Is On Egypt And Muslim Brotherhood

3. ASI on Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss

4. Real Science on ORNL Scientist Tells The Truth About Global Warming

5. Musings on Interesting Things on Food Security And Sustainability

5 Star Blogging

A (usually) daily selection of five blog posts recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing…

1. No Frakking Consensus on How Do You Say ‘Independent’ In Australian?

2. 13th Spitfire on Ruled By Retards

3. The Gray Monk’s Scriptorium on Marxist Britain?

4. EU Referendum on Sad, Bad and Dangerous

5. Looking For A Voice on The Threat Of A Court Order

And a bonus post for those people who savour glaring examples of rank hypocrisy among government appointees…

6. Bishop Hill on Beddington On Warpath

5 Star Blogging

A (usually) daily selection of five blog posts recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing…

1. A Very British Dude on The ‘Big Society’ or big society?

2. The Boiling Frog on Article 49

3. Witterings From Witney on And The Problem Is…

4. Roger Pielke Jr on Tall Tales In The New York Times

5. Duff & Nonsense on The Decline And Fall Of Arab Civilisation?

5 Star Blogging

A (usually) daily selection of five blog posts recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing…

1. Biased BBC on Unfit To Lick His Boots

2. Longrider on Twitter And Privacy

3. Nourishing Obscurity on Sovereignty v The ECHR

4. EU Referendum on One Born Every Minute

5. No Frakking Consensus on John Holdren’s IPCC Myths

5 Star Blogging

A (usually) daily selection of five blog posts recommended to you for being thought provoking, insightful, covering interesting subjects or comprising quality writing…

1. The Gray Monk’s Scriptorium on Arab World In Revolt?

2. Toque on English Ed Discovers His Heart Of Oak

3. Biased BBC on Meet The Propagandists

4. UKK41 on Britain’s Loathsome Political Class

5. Cranmer on Egypt And Islam: Democracy Or Dictatorship?


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