It's nearly the end of 2008, so here's a round up of the top 10 bloggers, according to various 'authorities'.
1. The Huffington Post
2. Gizmodo, the Gadget Guide
5. Ars Technica
6. Boing Boing
7. Lifehacker, tips and downloads for getting things done
8. Official Google Blog
9. Daily Kos: State of the Nation
10. Smashing Magazine
These are based on 'authority' - how many other Technorati registered sites link to yours over a certain period. If you're linked by a non-Technorati site, that doesn't count. Politics/news and technology dominate here, with a bit of internet weirdness thrown in (Boing Boing). Visiting the Huffington Post reminded me of the Times - similar look, and with many newspapers now having comments on the online versions of their articles, the line between blogs and newspaper sites is becoming very blurred. Is HuffPo one of us, or one of them?
Wikio: November top 10 (December top 10 leaked to Matt Wardman)
1 Iain Dale's Diary
2 Guy Fawkes' blog
3 Liberal Conspiracy
4 Blah! Blah! Technology
6 ConservativeHome's ToryDiary
7 The Devil's Kitchen
8 Liberal Democrat Voice
all very UK, and dominated by politics and technology to the exclusion of all else. And prone to vary wildly depending on which way the wind is blowing, though Hazel Blears has clearly read the top 2 lines, if nothing else.
Technoranki is truly diverse (politics, cartoons, weirdness, swearing, food, online games etc.), though the 'history' is suspiciously flat, doesn't seem to move about too much. Very UK based.
1. lazylaces ::: home
2. A Welsh View
3. Girl with a one-track mind
4. petite anglaise
5. The Devil's Kitchen
6. Becks & Posh
7. NHS Blog Doctor
8. The Cartoon Blog by Dave Walker
9. Iain Dale's Diary
10. .: ShaolinTiger - Kung-Fu Geekery
Blogflux: pretty random at the moment, as they seem to keep losing data, but covers a much wider spectrum of blogs. Not sure I like the look of some of the top 10 sites, so if you're really interested you'll have to look them up yourself! For a sense of perspective, the top religion and politics blogs are, at present, 60 and 55 in their overall list. It starts from 0 every Sunday, so is more of a snapshot than the others. With loads of subcategories, it's easier to kid yourself that your blog is somehow significant: St. A is currently in the top 50 religious blogs, but is 1689 overall, just after a rather questionable Japanese site.
Or for something completely different, try the top 10 New Zealand Christian blogs on public discourse. But a post on the top 10 Christian blogs is probably a separate item.
And NT Wrong has posted the top 50 Bible scholarship blogs (at least I think that's what they are) for November, based on number of visits.
As for my personal top 10, I'm still working on it. Watch this space.