Best Blog Posts ’09 is up and running

For four 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 09’. 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, media studies academic Jason Wilson, and On Line Opinion’s Graham Young and Susan Prior.

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 09” 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.  Unfortunately, our memories may not be as compendious as in past years because we haven’t been running the regular Missing Link feature over the last year, which makes the second nomination channel even more important previously. The second channel is you. We would like you to nominate your own favourite posts. This includes posts youve read and posts youve 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 2009. 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

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.

The closing date for nominations is Monday 21 December.

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 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 the early 1990s.
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[…] Blog Posts of 2009 December 3rd, 2009 by Chris Club Troppo is holding a showcase of the best posts of 2009. They are asking for submissions from the […]

Chris Fryer
14 years ago

I only have a couple blog posts that I would like to nominate. I recently got a new computer and lost most of my bookmarks, so it is difficult for me to find the posts that I liked this year.

Peak Wingnut by Possum Comitatus posted November 18:

And one of my own:
The Flat Earth Party by Chris Fryer posted November 30:

I might have a few more to add when I finish my search.

14 years ago

I keep on nominatin’ and you keep on rejectin’! But I’m optimistic that one of these days you guys will see the light and realise that the spurious collection of bad puns that typically makes up a post on my blog is The Pinnacle of World Literature. I’ll rustle up a few posts in the next few days.

Luke Slawomirski
14 years ago

What the hell – cheap publicity is good publicity

From Blogging Townsville – a small city somewhere east of Mount Isa

You have to wonder about The Bulletin:

Luke Slawomirski
14 years ago

Woops – forgtot the link!!!

You have to wonder about The Bulletin:


Mary Garden
Mary Garden
14 years ago

Just posted a comment over on Online Opinion.

Why exclude mainstream media blogs? Some of the posts and comment-threads on Jack the Insider (Me and my madness, for example) and Meganomics have been superb.


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