Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Top Of The Berkshire Blogs - April 2010

It's back! It's more competitive than ever! Check out the risers and the fallers with Reading List's exclusive chart of the top blogs in the area!

Of course no ranking system will ever be definitive so don't forget to tell us about your blog in the comments section if you think we may have missed it - then it too can be added to the Wikio directory - the more the merrier!

Here's a rundown of the Top10 for April2010 (compare with last month's top10):

1 (=) - Mark Reckons
2 (=) - John Redwood's Diary
3 (=) - Boulton & Co
4 (=) - left outside
5 (+1) - Bracknell Blog
6 (+2) - Liberal Burblings
7 (-2) - The Salted Slug
8 (+2) - Another Green World
9 (-2) - The Cartoon Church
10 (-1) - Reading List

Check out the full chart for April 2010.


April was a month dominated by General Election coverage, so shouldn't be a surprise that bigger political bloggers were the main beneficiaries of the blog-a-logue - only two of the top ten saw general declines during the month.

Meanwhile a heated contest is growing in intensity just outside the top ten between a variety of bloggers offering different partisan and non-partisan perspectives, while overall the chart continues to shakeout the less consistent blogs from those with a clearer identity.

The fastest riser for the month was Joanna Szuryn's Notes.. Her whimsical study in banality gained a remarkable 16,589 spots to rise by 96 places in the local blogosphere to reach #66.

Nearly as impressive was the 65-place improvement by Newtown's eco-congregation, Greening St John's climbed 5,213 spots in the national rankings to sit at 33rd locally.

And finally an honorable mention must also go to literary buff @Cidix as the only other Berkshire blog to gain more than 1,000 places nationally. Her Open to Persuasion site gained 11 places to finish the month at 87th.

Kudos to all the local writers out there for making this one of the most vibrant local blogospheres in the country - keep it up and watch out for the risers and fallers in next month's list!


Click here for the full archive of earlier charts.

Click here for run-downs and analysis of previous months charts.

And if you still want to know more, why not check out the Reading List Editor's guide: Why It Matters... Blog Rankings

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Berkshire Voter Power

Not all votes are equal, as the power of your vote varies across the country, constituency by constituency.

Datablog examines the relative power of an individual vote in each seat and calculates where turnout could have a stronger effect in Thursday's elections.

Average voter power across the country is 0.255, which means the electorate has slightly more than a 1-in-4 chance of changing their Member of Parliament in each seat.

However only 3 of Berkshire's 8 seats have a higher than average rating, while the others have a very safe score.

Here is the chart:

Seat (alphabetically): Voter power; Compared to Average; Probability of a change of MP
BRACKNELL: 0.088 - 0.35 - 4.67%
MAIDENHEAD: 0.182 - 0.72 - 9.29%
NEWBURY: 0.462 - 1.83 - 24.99%
READING EAST: 0.771 - 3.05 - 41.57%
READING WEST: 0.276 - 1.09 - 14.49%
SLOUGH: 0.108 - 0.43 - 5.85%
WINDSOR: 0.092 - 0.36 - 4.49%
WOKINGHAM: 0.186 - 0.74 - 9.44%

In other words each and every vote cast in Reading East is worth nearly 10-times those in Bracknell or Windsor and almost 3-times of those across town in Reading West.

Oranjepan asks:
Will people respond to the level of competition to win each seat and push turnout higher where our votes matter more?


Related Reading: Berkshire General Election Guide

Monday, 3 May 2010

Newsweek: Reading

Here is Reading Lists's Newsweek catalogue of the major stories from elsewhere.

We continue to expand our horizons to offer additional illumination. This week it's all about jobs.

Elsewhere in Berkshire:
And Bracknell Blog shines a light on Bracknell:


Previous Newsweeks
"Reading List... is fantastic, it could help revolutinise politics in Reading"
Matt Blackall

Matt Brady

Adrian Windisch

Reading Geek Night

"A bloggers digest of the Berkshire blogosphere"

"An easily accessible collection of Berkshire's excellent blogs"
The Cookham Blogger

"An excellent digest of the thoughts of local bloggers"
Reading Guide