14 December 2004
Too many blogs?

I saw some chart recently (don’t know where but I think Instapundit linked to it) showing the growth of the Blogosphere.  When I started (March 2002) there were some 200,000 blogs up and running.  Now that figure stands at nearer 5m.

It certainly feels like it.  Every day it Mark Holland (he is particularly good at this) seems to be flagging up yet another excellent blog.  Which is great.  It shows the vitality of the Blogosphere and means that there will always be plenty to read.

The question is: how do I find out about the good stuff?  I do what I can to keep abreast of the blogs I know about via Bloglines.  But the list is starting to get big.  It’s not too bad yet but one feels that at some point things are going to become unmanageable.

I have another fear.  Mark can’t be flagging up every new blog.  There’s bound to be stuff I am missing.  And if I’m missing it so are lots of other people.  Which is a shame.

I suppose what I am hinting at is the idea of a Blog Central - somewhere where all the best postings get flagged up.  I could do that here but there’s only one of me and I can’t read everything and I can’t do it every day (unlike Glenn Reynolds).  No, I’d need other people.  So, it would have to be a group blog.  And that implies all sorts of personnel issues that I would rather not get involved with right now.

Anyway, there’s an idea for someone seeking fame if not fortune.

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  1. You find out about good blogs from other good blogs - just as with books, you are bound to miss out on some excellent stuff, but if you go by what your favourite bloggers link to and enjoy, you’ll be doing pretty well. (And yes, I do have a new blog…)

    Posted by Jackie on 14 December 2004 at 10:18am

  2. The growing numbers of people reading blogs by XML might affect the stats though. I’ve recently started using FeedReader and found it very useful. It saves time because you don’t surf somewhere looking to see if they’ve posted anything new only to find they haven’t. Some XML feeds show the whole post while some only give you a teaser followed by “read more” which force the reader to go to the actual web page. Ours don’t. So people might be reading and not show up on the stats. Is that bad? I don’t know. It’s nice to know that people do come and read what gets written though.

    Posted by Mark Holland on 15 December 2004 at 03:17am

  3. I did originally have a Windows-based reader called Sharp.  But I was/am on Win98 and I needed this thing called .NET and it slowed down the machine and I couldn’t use it at work and Bloglines does a whole bunch of other things.

    There are a few other stats you can go by: Bloglines subscriptions.  Hits on the feed (I can do that on EE).  References by other blogs.

    I think it is a good thing that our feeds show the whole post.  I think it is vital that you make it as easy as possible on your readers.

    Posted by Patrick Crozier on 15 December 2004 at 07:03am

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