Inspired by a similar survey, a month or two ago, by Indyref2, to find Scotland’s most popular political blog with a particular interest in Scottish issues, in the independence debate and in media coverage, I’ve done a similar thing using the same Website Traffic Estimator by TrafficEstimate.com. Here are the results for the last 30 days, finishing 18Th September 2018, at 16:00:
Name Estimated Monthly Traffic (unique visits)
1. Wings Over Scotland 218 700
2. Wee Ginger Dug 92 100
3. Common Space 87 700
4. SCOT goes POP! 78 000
5. Talking-up Scotland 70 200
6. Bella Caledonia 55 400
7. Random Public Journal 52 700
8. The Ferret 45 300
9. Indyref2 43 700
10. Newsnet.scot Not enough data to estimate
11. Caltonjock Not enough data to estimate
12. Lallands Peat Worrier Not enough data to estimate
13. Gerry Hassan Not enough data to estimate
14. Scotland in Union Not enough data to estimate
I’m sorry if I’ve missed someone. I know how it feels as I had to remind Indyref2 of my existence and then came 5th out of 9!
Despite coming 5th again, my claim to be the best pound-for-pound blogger, despite having lost two stones recently, despite operating entirely on my own and proof-reader free, despite being 67, arthritic and prostatic, lies in tatters. A wee dug, a teeny fraction of my 12 stones is more popular by some way.
I haven’t included the very popular, ex-ambassador, Craig Murray’s blog, because it’s not that often about Scottish politics. I do, however, strongly recommend it:
Despite the above removal, it is still difficult to meaningfully compare some of these blogs. For example, I post a lot of reports and some are quite short, labour-not-intensive pieces, passing on good news, while Indyref2 and Bella only do longer, more thoughtful pieces.
Finally, Stu, the Rev, the Wings guy, the clear ‘Champione’ by miles, would have been excluded by at least two of the other bloggers for having, let’s say, a sharp tongue in his head but I insist on retaining him.
I’m known for having the happy combination of a dirty sense of humour and no filter. Have I told the one about the woman and her Schnauzer? Later. So, I laugh loud and often at Stu’s Blackadder-plus descriptions of deserving folk like Murdo Fraser, Annie Wells, Ross Thompson, Jackson Carlaw, Kezia Dugdale, Dick Leonard, Willie Rennie, Ian Little……there are more.
One of my favourites:
‘There’s not much going on in Scottish politics at the moment, but you know that when the media resorts to printing stuff from echo-skulled Tory mousewit Annie Wells, there can’t even have been any barrel left to scrape.’
‘Echo-skulled Tory mousewit’, I love it. Where can I use it?
Seriously, Stu with his massively popular blog and publications like the Wee Blue Book, has almost certainly raised more support for the Yes campaign than any of the rest of us…Fuckin’ right he has, OK!!!??? Don’t make me angry! I’ve still got a punch! I boxed as recently as 1963. Watch this…..oooooh…..I’ve pulled something….get a nurse.
The answer to my headline question might well have been yes if it hadn’t been for that wee ginger bugger.
To conclude on a serious note, I’d like to thank all my readers, my mum, Noam Chomsky and…..now who was it?……………oh yes, Aggie the Border Terrier………there’s someone else……don’t tell me…………I have it………….my current wife.