blog whistle circle jerkers
After surveying 186 blogs, and drinking a lot of coffee, the nz blogosphere rankings are now complete.
The highest blog that posts less than once per week sits at No.20. Frequency of content is undoubtedly an important part of driving traffic.
The list is a decent size now and it covers all range of opinion. The 35 or so new entries for this survey have increased this further. There is a lot of information to be extracted from the data for those who care to sift through it.
I've had some thoughts about Public Address. It describes itself as a "community" of blogs. This raises the question of whether the main page (publicaddress.net) is a blog in itself or a form of aggregator that would otherwise not qualify under the criteria. I have been counting the main page as a blog. The criteria of nz blogosphere, to restate, is the blog must be:
The issue is that the summaries to that main page are not original content because they occur in the author's own blog page. However, editorially, every blog in PA except Russell Brown's Hard News is not independently author-operated. Should each blog on PA be counted individually?
I don't really want to revisit it, but asking the question of Russell's enterprise means asking the same of Lindsay Perigo's too. SOLO Passion is to libertarians as Public Address is to the creative arts sector. But the description of an inward facing circle jerk would be most appropriately apportioned to SOLO. It doesn't feel the same as PA, it is more of a religious/ideological social networking and internal discussion forum than PA's outwardly facing public discourse idea.
The two systems have blogs on a single platform, moderated or operated editorially (not just administratively) by one of the bloggers. In that case we are dealing with the same issue and it would be good to come to some firm conclusions about how or if the platforms can or should be included.
The irony is that for people so ferociously individualistic in their politics the libertarians are intensly tribal in so many respects.