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Have You Read A British Blog Today?

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There are plenty of readable choices in the blogosphere created by our compatriots across the Atlantic. Crafting a top ten list of them, as with most subjective ideas, yielded a couple of different approaches.

British writing frequently exhibits a subtle sensibility, and the sense that there is more to what one is reading than what you get at first glance. I’ve only ever scraped the surface of works from the UK, with Arthur Conan Doyle, J.K. Rowling, and Terry Pratchett (and Douglas Adams) occupying places in a crowded bookcase.

(I know I’m missing a lot, so feel free to share suggestions; I’m partial to fictional works, especially humorous ones.)

In the online world, blogs abound worldwide, Britain being no exception. PRBlogger.com listed the top 50 UK blogs, based on data tracked by the Edelman PR firm in partnership with the Technorati search engine.

These were the top ten cited in those findings:

•  Gaping Void
•  RatherGood.com
•  EU Referendum
•  Tech Digest
•  Plasticbag.org
•  Samizdata.net
•  Chromasia
•  Londonist
•  Iain Dale’s Diary
•  Mind Hacks

Andy Merrett at Tech Digest called it a “cracking list,” especially after being placed fourth in the group. “But we did notice a few key omissions. So we have put together our very own top ten UK bloggers A list,” he wrote.

“This is a mixture of the Edelman list, Technorati figures, information from Internet data collection agency Hitwise and some qualitative data of our own,” Merrett said. Here’s the top ten as Tech Digest sees it:

•  Gaping Void
•  Mashable
•  EU Referendum
•  Tech Digest
•  Shiny Shiny
•  coolest-gadgets.com
•  Plasticbag.org
•  Samizdata.net
•  Chromasia
•  Hecklerspray

With apologies to Edelman, I think Merrett has the better of the two lists. There is plenty to enjoy from these blogs, covering a spectrum of topics.

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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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