EXCLUSIVE: Iain Dale’s new design revealed!

Posted by Tim Ireland at January 15, 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

This entry was posted on
Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
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Here’s a hint for all developers of weblogs; turn off your pings during the dev process if you don’t want to start turning up in Technorati:

Iain's new 'top secret' design

(Actually, checking Technorati for responses to the dev address itself, I notice that this isn’t quite an exclusive… but, hey, that never stopped Iain before.)

As you can see from this screenshot (the original can be seen for a limited time here), Iain plans to introduce and/or display a prominent set of rules (that Iain may or may not follow himself).

Also, last night Iain said the following regarding his status as an ‘expert’:

“I do not portray myself as an expert on blogging. If others think I know a lot about it and invite me to speak to them, it’s hardly a crime is it.”

And yet the new design clearly shows that a primary page is planned to tout his services as a speaker. Presumably so punters may be aided in their accidental arrival at the conclusion that he knows what he’s talking about.

Finally, just before I get back to my SOCPA submission, I’d like to suggest that if Iain Dale is going to continue to enforce a ‘no links to Bloggerheads’ rule, then this rule should be listed along with all the others. Perhaps under the heading ‘Double Secret Probation’…


  1. JonnyB says

    Andrew who?!?

  2. Manic says

    Andrew Rawnsley:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_RawnsleyI can't find the quote anywhere except in Iain's various blurbs, but it would be interesting to find the source…. especially as rawnsley used almost exactly the same words to describe a book by Jeremy Paxman:"When Jeremy Paxman's anatomy of politicians was first published last year, our own chief political commentator Andrew Rawnsley described the book as 'entertaining, informative, incisive and insightful', according to its current front-cover blurb."http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/roundupstory/

  3. Paul Linford says

    Tim, I'm a great admirer of your work as you know…but is this really the most interesting thing that's happening today? Apart from anything else, the story is three days old – I first spotted it via Technorati on Saturday afternoon.

  4. Manic says

    No, the most interesting thing happening in my neck of the woods today won't be finished until tomorrow.:o)Call this a 5-minute coffee break. And, given Iain's outburst last night, I found it of some interest that he was giving weblog rules and promotion of his services as a speaker such a high priority.PS – Paul, I've manually fixed the link from your comment, but you might want to check your TypeKey profile, as it currently links to:http:// httpo//paullinford.blogspot.com

  5. ian says

    I've heard of Andrew Rawnsley. But who is Andrew Rawnlsey? Is he a rentaquote chap?

  6. Justin says

    I enjoyed that video outlining his vision on IainDaleTV though. Something about children and old people being pushed into an enormous glowing vagina.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7CuJ8cR9sg

  7. tyger says

    Not to bitch or nuffink, but why would they take that picture of Iain while he's taking a shit??It looks a biggy.

  8. Manic says

    Decorum, Aaron, decorum!Justin, clearly I've missed something.BTW, I got an answer on the source of the blurb. The reason why it can't be found elsewhere on the web is because it was sent directl to Iain via email:http://preview.tinyurl.com/32g5eb

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