And they are:
- David Osler – Dave’s Part (www.davidosler.com)
- David Smith – Letter from Africa (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/series/david-smiths-letter-from-africa)
- Gideon Rachman – rachmanblog (http://blogs.ft.com/rachmanblog/)
- Hopi Sen – Hopi Sen (http://hopisen.wordpress.com)
- Iain Dale – Iain Dale’s Diary (http://iaindale.blogspot.com)
- Jack of Kent – Jack of Kent (http://jackofkent.blogspot.com/)
- Laurie Penny – Penny Red and others (http://pennyred.blogspot.com)
- Madam Miaow – Madam Miaow Says (http://madammiaow.blogspot.com/)
- Mary Beard – A Don’s Life (http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/)
- Morus – PoliticalBetting.com; Daily Kos (http://politicalbetting.com; http://www.dailykos.com)
- PC Ellie Bloggs – A Twenty-First Century Police Officer (http://pcbloggs.blogspot.com)
- ray – The Bad Old Days Will End (http://thebadolddayswillend.blogspot.com)
- Tim Marshall – Foreign Matters (http://blogs.news.sky.com/foreignmatters)
- Winston Smith – Working with the Underclass (http://winstonsmith33.blogspot.com)
The judges have this year decided to longlist 14 blogs instead of 12 due to the high quality of the submissions. There are some worthy contenders there – and admittedly some that I’ve not heard of. If I had to pick one – which thankfully I don’t – I’d probably go for Mary Beard’s excellent Don’s Life – not least because she also happens to be a tremendous ancient historian.
I do think there are some notable omissions from the longlist who I would definitely had liked to see included, but such things are inherently subjective.
Anyway, congratulations to all those that have made the longlist!