I’m not a big believer in lists and rankings of blogs except that they give some indication of what is happening in the blogosphere. To me it’s less about which blog is best but more about trends that might be observable both in the list at any point in time but also what happens to the list over time.
Not sure if that makes much sense, it’s been a long day, but I’m interested in what people notice about the list? See any themes or trends? See any blogs or types of blogs missing?
One last note on the list – the press release announcing it says its a list of the ‘most interesting and important blogs in the US’.
In addition to this being a pretty arrogant statement (as if anyone could say the most interesting and important blog could be contained in any list of 500 blogs – the fact is that quite a few blogs in the list are not US blogs – I can see a few, including this ProBlogger.
Maybe it’s time that there was a press release that blogs outside of the US exist and can be important and interesting too. Anyway – interested in others thoughts and if I have anything more sensible to say tomorrow after a good night’s sleep I’ll update this post.
Update: Yep – I did notice that they’ve included my comments RSS feed in the list – go figure! Weird.
Update II – I’ve just spoken to a Feedster person – Scott Johnson – the one who authored the code behind the list- and he said that the press release was poorly worded and should not have mentioned ‘US Blogs’ but rather is a measure of ‘blogs written in English’.
Update III – Buzz Machine isn’t too impressed by the list:
‘Making a universal top n00 list, however it is made, continues to engage in old-media thing, big-media, mass-market think: The guys on top win.
No, in this new world of choice and control at the edges, it’s the niches, and those who can pull them together, who win. And it’s those who can demonstrate influence and engagement who will win — as soon as somebody figures out how to demonstrate it.’