Archive for April, 2008

This year’s final cut

April 21, 2008

Here’s the final score. Heena Tailor continued her rise to win the traffic part of the project, although she was nearly pipped at the last gasp by Pia Walter, who made a strong surge towards the end. Stefan remained steady in third, which is well deserved as he had plugged away solidly throughout, as had Natasha who remained in fourth. We should also mention Mandy who blazed a trail for all of you.

It has been fascinating to watch the projects to develop and in many cases blossom. I hope you have – at the very least – gained useful knowledge about your chosen subjects and gathered a few new technical skills along the way. I’d like to praise Rebecca Williams for the quality of her writing, but also mention Rory for the courage he had at writing about The Mail, to Dinara for getting the attention – and anger – of powerful people and having the bottle to stick it out and to Jemelyn for the seriousness of her work. I’d also like to mention – once more – the help of Alice and Rema on this very blog. I think both of them would have scored better on their individual projects if they had not been so selfless, and their extra effort here is fully noted.

Finally, I hope for some of you this is not the very end. I hope that some of you will feel the urge to continue researching your chosen subjects and building an audience. For those that do, there are valuable lessons yet to come. Maybe those who choose to continue, can let us know by occasionally posting a reminder of themselves here on this blog. I for one will keep looking.

1. Heena Tailor with Radio Northwick Park: 1,288
2. Pia Walter with Put your fags out: 1213
3. Stefan Marseglia with Shops ’til they drop: 1082
4. Natasha Culzac with Fair Trade London: 876
5. Shiba Babamiri Recycling … Is it our Duty: 875
6. Sumit Wadhia with It is happening: 852
7. Jay Bains with Facial Discrimination: 784
8. Mandy Cohen with Too Rude You Tube: 764
9. Alice Wagstaffe with The future of the music industry: 662
10. Dinara Saruar with The Unofficial Emily Thornberry blog: 628

11. Bjørn-Ruben Thomassen with Paparazzi Craze: 598
12. Sofia Sosunov with La Vie en Green: 533
13. Meliha Hayat with Zero to Hero: 488
14. Rebecca Williams with Cardboard City: 433
15. Heena Valji with Harrow Bus Mania: 423
16. Alisha with Food shortage crisis: 379
=: Jayne Og with T5 Launch: 379
18. Jemelyn Yadao with Death Behind the Headlines: 361
19. Alisha Haridasani with Can corporations buy you happiness: 361
20. Anaam Raza with British Bags of Knowledge: 336

21: Maryam Aghili with Hounslow crime: 32922. Suzette Annan with Black hair politics: 321
22: Andreas Batatota with The Battle to save Chase Farm: 272
23. Tony McNulty unveiled: 265
24: Rema with Cub critic: 236
25. Monira Begum with Is Islam fair?: 233
26. Seher Mahmood with Islamic schools in Britain: 214
27: Traffic Jam: 147
28: Andreas with Great Ormond Street Hospital: 114
29. Gette with Headphones on the Bus: N/A (unclassified)
=. Omar with Jacquilait’s Weblog: N/A
=. Rory Porter with Junk Mail
=. Mahta Hassanzadeh with Musical violence: N/A
=. James Randall with View from the Armchair: N/A
=. Dilan with Traffic Jam: N/A

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State of play, no change at the top

April 3, 2008

Here’s the current state of play, taken at 5pm on wednesday April 02. Congratulations to Mandy and Too Rude You Tube for not just reaching the top, but staying there. The most surprising thing is the sudden rise of Heena Tailor and her Radio Northwick Park blog. After a late start Heena is now challenging for top place. Dinara Saruar and her UNOFFICIAL blog covering local MP Emily Thornberry is another rising star and one that has already come under the scrutiny of parliament and survived.

What’s frustrating is some of the blogs that started so well, Suzette Annan and Sumit Wadhia to single out but two, are falling behind. I think you will see if you click through to their respective traffic score pages, that sudden bursts of inspiration and energy are succeeded by long periods of inaction (although they are both doing well overall and i have every confidence that they have the ability to turn it around). The really good blogs, those at the top of the list, have managed to find the trick of sustaining that energy and concentration across a period of time. That, I think, is the key to any successful project – Sean

1. Mandy Cohen with Too Rude You Tube: 610
2. Heena Tailor with Radio Northwick Park: 544
3. Stefan Marseglia with Shops ’til they drop: 541
4. Natasha Culzac with Fair Trade London: 525
5. Pia Walter with Put your fags out: 521
6. Dinara Saruar with The Unofficial Emily Thornberry blog: 458
7. Shiba Babamiri Recycling … Is it our Duty: 437
8. Jay Bains with Facial Discrimination: 431
9. Meliha Hayat with Zero to Hero: 387
10. Sumit Wadhia with It is happening: 352

11. Rebecca Williams with Cardboard City:352
12. Alice Wagstaffe with The future of the music industry: 348
13. Jemelyn Yadao with Death Behind the Headlines: 321
14. Bjørn-Ruben Thomassen with Paparazzi Craze: 293
15.  Alisha Haridasani  with Can corporations buy you happiness: 287
16. Heena Valji with Harrow Bus Mania: 265
17. Suzette Annan with Black hair politics: 228
18. Monira Begum with Is Islam fair?: 212
19. Tony McNulty unveiled: 159
20: Rema with Cub critic: 159

21: Maryam Aghili with Hounslow crime: 142
22. Alisha with Food shortage crisis: 157
24. La Vie en Green: 156
23. Seher Mahmood with Islamic schools in Britain: 137
25: Andreas Batatota with The Battle to save Chase Farm: 108
26: Andreas with Great Ormond Street Hospital: 94
27: Jayne Og with T5 Launch: 74

28. Gette with Headphones on the Bus: N/A (unclassified)
=. Omar with Jacquilait’s Weblog: N/A
=. Rory Porter with Junk Mail
=. Mahta Hassanzadeh with Musical violence: N/A
=. James Randall with View from the Armchair: N/A
=. Dilan with Traffic Jam: N/A