Lately, I seem to have a
n obsession hobby with of checking Technorati.
Even though I’ve been blogging for nearly nine months now, I’d never actually taken the time to look closely at the blogs in the Technorati popular list.
Now that I have looked, all I can say is that it’s a good thing that I waited. If I had seen those blogs when I first started blogging nine months ago I might have given up blogging on the spot.
Most of them look slick. They seem to have all hired professional graphic designers. They post multiple times a day. If you look at many of them closely, you’ll see that they are “owned” by networks or are collaborations.
In fact the top 100 are more like daily magazines than what I thought of as a blog when I first started blogging. There’s none of that “homespun” feel like you get here on WritingThoughts.
Another factor that distinguishes the popular blogs is subject matter. You can find blogs about politics, gadgets, gossip, marketing, and sports in the top 100. However, with the exception of Brian Clark’s Copyblogger blog (currently hovering at number 49 on the list) they are not about writing at all.
Okay, so there’s a few of them about blogging, notably Problogger at number 19. But none of them are specifically about writing for writers.
Why is that? Could it be that writers are a fairly small minority in the blogosphere? Perhaps we are all too busy working on our writing projects to read blogs, or at least to link to each other? Or maybe writing is such an intuitive thing that there is really very little need for blogs that support writers.
I wish that we could see more than 100 popular blogs. Could it be that all of the writing blogs are hovering in the second hundred most popular list, or is that just wishful thinking on my part?
What do you think? Could a writing blog ever become popular on Technorati, or is the subject too specialized?
If you want to go the extra mile, you can leave me a note in the comments describing what you think it would take for a writing blog to become generally popular.
(A special thanks to Brian Clark, for giving all of us writerly types hope.)
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