Best Blog Posts 2010 is go …

For five years now (ages in blogosphere terms) Club Troppo and On Line Opinion have sponsored a showcase of Australian independent blogging, which we call Best Blog Posts of <year>’.

With Christmas fast approaching, the time has come to launch ‘Best Blog Posts of 2010?. On Line Opinion will publish the best 40 or so nominated posts over the course of January. This year the judging panel includes Ken Parish and Nicholas Gruen of Club Troppo, Helen ‘skepticlawyer’ Dale, On Line Opinion’s Graham Young and one or two others still to be tagged and hog-tied.

The objective, as always, is to gather some of the best blog writing in one place. It’s a showcase or anthology rather than a contest.  There will be no “Best Blog Post of 2010? award, just publication over the festive season of 40 of the best as nominated by readers and “culled” to a manageable number by our judging panel.

Posts will enter the pool by two channels. First of all, to ensure there is a decent sample, our judging panel will feel free to make nominations from our own subjective memories of excellent blogging.   The second channel is you. We would like you to nominate your own favourite posts. This includes posts you’ve read and posts you’ve written. As far as self-nomination goes, in case there are writers out there who are inhibited by modesty, keep in mind that there is no winner, so we are not asking you to claim that any post of yours is the best post of 2010. We just want to exhibit your wares. Please make our lives easier by supplying a list of the three posts of which you are most proud.

You can make your nominations in three ways:

1. List them in the comments thread to the call for nominations post here at Club Troppo;

2. Send it to On Line Opinion [email protected]

3. Send an email to: ken dot parish at cdu dot edu dot au .


1. The authors must be self-identified Australian bloggers (though they may reside abroad).

2. The posts should generally be from independent blogs, not MSM offshoots.

3. The posts may be on any topic, from politics, science, and the humanities, to sport and cooking. Reviews of books, films and shows are also very welcome. The only other proviso is that posts should be of interest to a general audience rather than be purely for aficionados. They should also desirably be on topics which retain some degree of current interest.  Some topics, especially political ones, tend to have a very short shelf life indeed.

4. Posts should generally be of the longer, essay variety, as opposed to the short, link-and-comment variety, or posts that are three-quarters quotation. Preferred length is under 1,000 words but this is not a strict requirement and would not stop us picking a post that was clearly of a sufficiently high quality or interest.

5. One individual may make up to six nominations, but not more than three for a single author.

We will endeavour to contact the authors, to give them an opportunity to decline or to make minor amendments if they wish.

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic at Charles Darwin University, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law) and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 12 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in he early 1990s.
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15 Responses to Best Blog Posts 2010 is go …

  1. Matt Cowgill says:

    Any list of the best posts of 2010 would be inadequate if it didn’t feature Grog’s breakthrough post:

  2. Richard Green says:

    Since he;s reluctant to blow his own horn, I nominate these two from Matt

  3. John Passant says:

    ‘This year the judging panel includes Ken Parish and Nicholas Gruen of Club Troppo, Helen ‘skepticlawyer’ Dale, On Line Opinion’s Graham Young …’

    That seems a pretty conservative line up and you may end up with an unintended bias.

  4. Geoff Honnor says:

    All beautifully balanced, independent thinkers, John. They can be relied upon to assess on quality rather than ideological acceptability.

  5. Ken Parish says:

    Actually I’m not sure I’ll have the time, what with my commitments to the Quadrant committee and the HR Nicholls Society AGM coming up …

  6. Geoff Honnor says:

    Tricky, Ken. I’d suggest you call John Pilger to fill in but I think he’s fully booked on self-important posturing and portentous pronouncement through to the end of March

  7. Paul Frijters says:

    I want to nominate 2 blog series I thought were really good this year.

    1. The series of blogs (eg. here, here, here, and here) by Joshua Gans on the National Broadband Network. He writes about his area of expertise, i.e. monopolies and government regulation, it’s a big national issue, and he mostly gets it right (I think).

    2. Ken Parish’ series on asylum seekers (here, here, here, and here). The posts reflect the expertise of the blogger, it’s an important issue, and there’s a genuine attempt in the blogs and the comment threat to look for policy improvements. You will be hard put to find a better discussion of the issues anywhere outside of the confines of the ministries responsible for this.

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  9. Gah, Ken, I’ve just realised I’m on the judging committee. I’ve been on holiday for three weeks and I have a postponed exam for my Scots law conversion course on the 14th (the exam venue was snowed in before Christmas, hence the postponement), along with an exploding in-tray at work. Let me try to get on top of the worst of the mountain of stuff to do and see what the weekend brings.

    Apologies for the delay!

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  11. . says:

    You mean the blog post where Possum mixed up marginal and average effects is worthy of an award?

    Um okay. If you like any old thing, here is something more your taste:

  12. Fyodor says:

    To be fair, ABL, Beetlejuice did give us Winona Ryder. An ELE can’t top that.

  13. Victor Trumper says:

    To mix up marginal and average effects surely you must have to talk about them.
    Possum doesn’t seem to do that.

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