Last July I published a list of the top 51 personal blogs in science fiction and fantasy (it was supposed to be the top 50, but there was a tie on the last ranking, so I put them both in), and it’s been long enough that I thought it might be time to refresh the list. So here’s an updated list for you.
Selection details and trivia:
* The list is limited to personal (not corporate-sponsored or news-oriented), single-author blogs, with an emphasis on science fiction and fantasy writers, editors, agents, publishers, artists and fans. Film/Television/Video Game-focused personal SF/F blogs were not really considered. Doesn’t mean they’re bad, I just decided to focus the list this way. By all means, make a different list if you like. The tie-in with SF/F is the author of the blog, not the content of the blog; some of these blogs discuss SF/F quite frequently, and some hardly at all.
* Rankings are based solely on Technorati rankings, which as I understand it generates rankings via an algorithm that factors in the number of links leading to your blog and how many other sites are linking in to the blog. These rankings should not be seen as an indicator of anything else. The blogs ranked up at the top are not necessarily better than blogs ranked below them (or not ranked at all); they’ve just got a lot of links coming in. Rankings are accurate as of about 10pm December 12, 2006. These rankings will change over time.
* These blog rankings are based on a universe of a few hundred SF blogs that I know about or that have been brought to my attention by others. It is entirely possible I have missed a few, or, alternately, that when I checked its Technorati rating, Technorati didn’t give me adequate information to rank the site. Needless to say, I am the person making all the final decisions as to which blogs are and are not eligible, so, yeah, go ahead and blame me. In all cases, if you have a site that you feel ought to be included, and its Technorati ranking is sufficient for it to be listed (i.e, greater than 59,315), please note it in the comment thread and I will factor it in the next time I update this list, which should be six months or so from now.
* For kicks and giggles I have added a new notation to the list, which notes whether the blog in question is written by someone who is (to the best of my knowledge) an SF/F writer (W), Editor (E), Critic/Commentator (C), Agent (A), Artist (Art) or Fan (F).
* I decided to stick with 51 entries because it amuses me to do so, and will drive those who need nice round numbers absolutely bonkers. Bwa ha ha ha hah!
* Finally, this is for amusement purposes only. Please don’t freak out over it.
There was a quite a lot of movement in the rankings since the last time I made a ranking; very few blogs maintained their July 2006 positions. Moreover, the rankings became more competitive; whereas for July’s list a Technorati ranking of 149,618 was sufficient to make the cut, this time the cut was some 90,000 positions higher. This is to some extent an artifact of me widening the universe of blogs I considered for the rankings.
Despite the tightening at the bottom of the list, at the top there was a general drop in overall Technorati rankings. Although the top five blogs from the July 2006 list stayed in the top five this time around, all but one dropped in its Technorati rankings, and every blog but one in the 6-10 positions in July experience a drop in its Technorati numbers. Indeed, of the 50 blogs in the July list, more saw their Technorati rankings decrease rather than increase (although many of those decreases are not shown in the December list, due to greater competition knocking them off the list entirely). I leave to others to ponder the implications and ramifications of these facts. I’m just putting up numbers.
And now, without further ado, the Top 50 Personal Blogs in SF/F, December 2006 Edition. Each entry notes (in order) list ranking, blog name, blog author, Technorati ranking and author class.
1. Neil Gaiman’s Journal — Neil Gaiman (487) W
2. Whatever — John Scalzi (1,142) W
3. Making Light — Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden (1,293) E
4. Beyond the Beyond — Bruce Sterling (5,240) W
5. The Sideshow — Avedon Carol (6,289) F
6. Paperback Writer — S.L. Viehl (6,916) W
7. Charlie’s Diary — Charles Stross (7,622) W
8. They Must Need Bears — Elizabeth Bear (11,541) W
9. The Mumpsimus — Matthew Cheney (14,156) C
10. Anna Louise’s Journal — Anna Louise Genoese (16,017) E
11. Amygdala — Gary Farber (17,450) F
12. Vanderworld — Jeff VanderMeer (19,437) W
13. Contrary Brin — David Brin (19,711) W
14. Justine Larbalestier — Justine Larbalestier (21,110) W
15. The Art Department — Irene Gallo (21,863) Art
16. Westerblog — Scott Westerfeld (22,945) W
17. Kathryn Cramer — Kathryn Cramer (24,723) E
18. Not a Blog — George RR Martin (25,326) W
19. Pocket Full of Words — Holly Lisle (26,543) W
20. Shaken and Stirred — Gwenda Bond (26,763) W
21. The Early Days of a Better Nation — Ken MacLeod (27,417) W
22. Et in Arcaedia, Ego — Jennifer Jackson (28,360) A
23. Bluejo’s Journal — Jo Walton (31,123) W
24. More Words, Deeper Hole — James Nicoll (31,523) C
25. Lakeshore — Jay Lake (33,339) W
26. Honor Your Inner Magpie — Elise Matthesen (33,683) F
27. Nalo Hopkinson — Nalo Hopkinson (34,048) W
27. Notes From the Labyrinth — Sarah Monette (34,048) W
29. Notes from the Geek Show — Hal Duncan (34,441) W
29. The Hal Spacejock Series — Simon Hayes (34,441) W
31. Nick Mamatas’ Journal — Nick Mamatas (34,844) W
32. The Slush God Speaketh — John Joseph Adams (35,642) E
32. 14theDitch — Jeffrey Ford (35,642) W
34. KRAD’s Inaccurate Guide to Life — Keith RA DeCandido (36,018) W
35. John Crowley Little and Big — John Crowley (38,427) W
36. Holly Black — Holly Black (39,788) W
36. Out of Ambit — Diane Duane (39,788) W
38. The Prodigal Blog — Charles Coleman Finlay (40,292) W
39. Goblin Mercantile Exchange — Alan DeNiro (41,784) W
40. My Life in the Bush of Wombats — Kevin Maroney (43,951) E
41. Composite — Liz Henry (44,546) C
41. Dragonmount — Robert Jordan (44,546) W
41. The Pagan Prattle Online — Feorag NicBhride (44,546) Art
44. Arthur D. Hlavaty — Arthur D. Hlavaty (45,144) E
45. Tobias S. Buckell Online — Tobias Buckell (45,773) W
46. It’s All One Thing — Will Shetterly (47,764) W
47. Chrononautic Log — David Moles (48,480) W
48. From the Heart of Europe — Nicholas Whyte (49,196) F
49. Cyberabad — Ian McDonald (50,718) W
50. Oached Pish — Sherwood Smith (57,134) W
51. Barnstorming on the Invisible Segway — Marissa Lingen (59,315) W
See you all in six months!