I think Robert Scoble is onto something when he says that having a single ‘top blog’ type list is pretty useless. He writes:
‘The whole concept of a single list is just stupid and doesn’t add any value.
The thing is there isn’t a single blogosphere. There are thousands of blogospheres. What I want is a list for each blogosphere. For instance, scrapbooking is a big deal, according to Technorati. There are 36,218 posts about scrapbooking. Tons of ads too.
But, quick, look at Technorati for Scrapbooking and tell me who the most linked-to blog is in that blogosphere. Or, tell me who has the most traffic. Or tell me which link has been clicked the most times….’
While I wouldn’t say it doesn’t add ANY value (on a big picture level it shows where the activity in blogging is and its helped me find some pretty interesting new blogs) – I agree that one single list isn’t as useful as many smaller lists would be. I know if someone were to put together the type of lists that Robert is talking about I’d be frequenting them quite a bit – not just to know who is ‘hot’ – but as a source of information.
Of course I’m the most un-techie person you’ll ever meet and don’t know what such lists would involve to code – but as an idea it’s something I’d love to see happen.
I’m still not going to argue against lists like technorati’s top 100 or feedster’s top 500 but I think a variety of lists would be great.
What lists would you like to see? – Add yours (serious and humerous) in comments below.