05/24/2012 06:44 EDT | Updated 05/24/2012 06:45 EDT

Huffington Post Canada's Favourite Blogs Of Our First Year

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In all the preparations that have been taking place for the celebration of HuffPost Canada's first birthday -- among them collecting stats such as "How many bloggers do we have now?" and "How many comments have we posted?" -- one seemingly unanswerable question kept popping up:

How many original Canadian blogs have we published?

I joked with one of the organizers that it was no longer the Trudeau era, when the government might have installed a meter in our newsroom to keep track of the Canadian vs. American content -- and arrest us if we fell short on the Canadian front.

Still, the question needed answering. So I took an average of the number of blogs we publish a day and -- allowing for growth on the latter end, fewer at the beginning -- came up with the approximate figure of 5,500-plus. And what an amazing number that is, for a site that in human terms would have conquered most solid foods by now, but would still be wobbly on walking.

I was then asked to cull a selection of our "best blogs" -- and that also seemed an impossible task. As we've grown, we've added so many new voices. There are blogs that have gone viral, there are blogs that have captured the immediacy of a news event -- whether it was Occupy or the Quebec protests -- and then there are blogs that are simply original, funny or insightful. It was simply impossible to choose a selection of the "best" blogs, but we could at least choose a selection that was representative of all the talented contributors we've collected over this past year: contributors who have brought a unique perspective to our readers; contributors who have come from every political perspective, every background, every point on earth.

If I have overlooked a blog or blogger it's obviously not intentional (and hey, email me your favourite and we will post: Our selection amounts to a mere sampling of the vast smorgasbord of personalities and topics that we have brought you -- and will continue to bring you as we widen our community ever further. In a time when political discourse seems to be hardening and shrinking, we hope to be providing you with completely the opposite experience. Enjoy.

-- Danielle Crittenden, Managing Editor, Blogs


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