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Very good points all. I tried to do a similar landscape survey for IdealGov in 2005. But - unsurprisingly - drew even more of a blank. Keep it up yourself!

http://www.publicsectorblogs.org/ - long list in my right hand column also

There are a few 'web team blogs' - http://innovate.direct.gov.uk and http://parliamentlabs.wordpress.com spring immediately to mind. I'm surprised we haven't had more of these, particularly on behalf of the 'super sites'. The Directgov team is quite happy to produce colourful PDF leaflets for internal consumption, but hasn't seen the value in extending its reach to the outside world.

Health minister Lord Darzi has done some blogging at http://www.ournhs.nhs.uk; but the site was recently revamped, and now incorporates a regular 'video Q&A' with him instead. (Disclosure: I helped build the first incarnation, but not the second.)

Perhaps more interesting, there's a bit of senior official blogging going on at http://careandsupport.direct.gov.uk, by DH man David Behan. They're in 'ramping up' mode ahead of a Green Paper next month. (Disclosure: me again.)

There's also the slightly curious talk.nhs.uk - which 'provides Forums, Blogs and Comment by and for NHS staff, partners and the general audience.' I don't really understand it yet.

Plus, there's plenty of 'internal' blogging: Permanent Secretaries on departmental intranets, the CivilBlogs experiment, etc etc. I've just built a very ambitious 'social extranet' based around blogs and social interaction; and I'm about to talk to someone else about something similar.

And has been mentioned on Twitter... don't ignore Twitter. @DowningStreet remains one of the biggest success stories of recent years, in terms of subscriber numbers, if not necessarily in their exploitation. And in front of the Lords committee last week, @tom_watson seemed to be saying he was finding Twitter more valuable than his blog.

I could also mention ministerial contributions to LabourList... but those stopped in February or thereabouts.

@Paul Public sector blogs is great and has been in my feed list since day one (and I had meant to include a reference in the post, but then forgot to) but it reinforces my point, I think - a quick scan of the OPML file suggests that there is more about than from government (including your own most excellent stuff). I hadn't spotted your sidebar before (perils of RSS readers), so thanks for the pointer.

"One obvious reason why there aren’t very many bloggers is that there aren’t very many blog readers"

This does seem to be true. On days when nothing I post gets picked up by one of the 'big blogs', I get about 20 people coming over to see if there's anything new. Of them, a lot are searching for council tax information or housing benefit. Some regularly come by searching for "local government officer blog" on google, which suggests either that I'm being talked about, or that I have regular readers who don't know how to use bookmarks.

So yeah. There are people, but it's not clear what the incentive is, if blogging isn't core to your job - especially if you're going to be anonymous and therefore can't even use it directly on your CV! Who else - Henry Tam is fascinating but blogs reliably once a month and not very directly about his CLG work. I agree with the above post on not overlooking Twitter. But more than that, aren't the frontline storytellers more interesting and informative than people like me? I'd rather read Nightjack, or Scenes from the Battleground, than my own blog, if I was honest!

Only just spotted this. Thought provoking stuff.

Also in category 1 alongside myself, Steph and Jeremy:
http://blogs.fco.gov.uk/roller/hale/
http://andrewlewin.wordpress.com/
(though a consultant) http://emmamulqueeny.com/
http://lostconsciousness.wordpress.com/
http://honestlyreal.wordpress.com/
http://basiccraft.wordpress.com/

But I am with you on this one - the everybody else category is where the real potential for open government lies.

There's no shortage of central and local government employees blogging in a personal capacity. I know of quite a few, and if they choose to keep the two worlds distinct I think that's perfectly valid. (Cf most people's use of Facebook, for example).

Blogging policy makers are starting to arrive on the scene, though. The http://digitalbritainforum.org.uk and @digitalbritain guys are amongst those blazing this trail. Blogs coming online soon from the Better Regulation Executive at BERR too. Those are just the ones in my neck of the woods, am sure there are others.

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