Who’s The Biggest?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I spend a lot of time blogging about Second Life, as do many others. How many others? No one knows for sure, but it’s at least many hundreds of avatars. While I’ve gained much personal satisfaction from writing posts and participating in the SL blogging community, I always wondered which blogs were the most popular.

It’s a difficult question to answer, because measurement of “popular” can mean many things. It could be the number of feed subscribers, total pageviews, average pageviews, number of comments, number of links to the blog or any other conceivable statistic. In fact, blog ranking is a very difficult science. So I did what anyone faced with a tricky problem should do.

I let someone else figure it out for me.

That’s right, the “someone else” in this case is Technorati, a web service that tracks and searches blogs in real time. Technorati tracks tens of millions of blogs worldwide and keeps a database of statistics, including their own definition of “rank”. It’s not exactly clear how they specifically calculate rank, but evidently it involves a combination of statistics. Even better, they expose their database to the public via a programmatic web interface (API). That was enough to inspire me further.

I needed only to write a program to send a list of SL-oriented website URLs to the Technorati API and it would return me all the available statistics! Writing the program (in PHP, as it turned out) was relatively straightforward, but where could I find an extensive list of Second Life blogs? I surely did not want to make a list like that myself.

There was only one place to look: Second Life Blogger’s NING site, where administrator Zoe Connolly has prepared what is probably the most authoritative list. You can tell by its tagline:

“Behold!...The World’s Largest Blogroll of Second Life Links”.

The blogroll was not quite what I wanted, however. It contained links to flickr pages, Google groups and other non-blogs. Some of the listed blogs were physically gone, and others merely had an empty page left, saying this blog is “closed”. Some had no visible SL content at all, and a few had no current postings – for more than two years! I made an executive decision and took these out. But I added a few notable blogs that for some unexplainable reason were not included on the list.

Finally, armed with a decent list of blogs, I fed it into the PHP program and collected the results. After sorting and more data cleansing than I’d care to admit, I arrived at the following ranked list of Second Life blogs, perhaps the only one in existence.

Some observations:
  • The rank is out of ALL blogs tracked by Technorati worldwide. So, for example, if the rank is 100,000th, that means there are 99,999 other blogs in the world that Technorati believes are more popular. Being in the top 50 or even 10,000 is quite an achievement.
  • The #1 ranked SL blog, Massively, has significant Second Life content written almost daily by Tateru Nino, but is in reality a blog dedicated to all MMO’s, Second Life being only a portion of their content. That’s why Massively is ranked so highly.
  • Second Life’s official blog is ranked #2, which makes sense as it is an obvious focal point for many avatars.
  • The #3 SL blog, New World Notes, written by Hamlet Au, is the highest ranked “independent” blog dedicated to Second Life.
  • Vint Falken’s #4 ranked SL blog is unique in that it is the highest ranked non-commercial independent publication. Perhaps Vint should consider some advertising?
  • I cleaned the list as best as time permitted; there are no doubt more errors in the list, such as incorrect blog names, probably a few more dead blogs and other miscues. There are over 500 blogs, give me a break, already!
  • Towards the bottom of the list you’ll notice the Technorati rank repeats in blocks. I suspect the Technorati ranking formula uses certain raw statistics, and these blogs likely have identical underlying statistics. I put them in URL alphabetical order.
  • A very few blogs do not seem to have a Technorati rating, including the likely popular Metaversally Speaking. I am not sure why this occurs, and I obviously could not include them.
  • Is this list accurate? Maybe, maybe not. But it’s probably somewhat close to reality, because the top blogs seem to make sense.

Finally, as this is a first attempt at ranking, I’d appreciate any suggestions to improve the list. If I’ve missed a blog, please add it in the comments and I’ll include it in the list next time. If there’s a dead blog in there, let me know about it. And remember, I didn't calculate the rank - Technorati did. My apologies in advance to anyone whose blog I’ve missed or otherwise screwed up!

[UPDATE] Due to many suggestions, and a deeper inspection of the list, I'll be producing an improved version next week sometime. A significant portion of the list are actually dead blogs, in spite of them having high ranks from Technorati due to other blogs still pointing at them. Meanwhile, many suggestions on missing blogs have been received and will be incorporated. 

And now, behold the SL Blogosphere, ranked:

SL Blog Rank (Technorati Rank)


1 ( 37 ) Massively

2 ( 4358 ) Official Second Life Blog

3 ( 7219 ) New World Notes

4 ( 21266 ) VintFalken.com

5 ( 24067 ) Torley Lives

6 ( 45260 ) Dusan Writer's Metaverse

7 ( 47712 ) Second Thoughts

8 ( 49117 ) Shopping Cart Disco

9 ( 54261 ) Gwyn's Home

10 ( 56490 ) SL iReports: Your news of a virtual world - Blogs from CNN.com

11 ( 56490 ) Kzero

12 ( 61075 ) Virtually Blind | Virtual Law

13 ( 62074 ) Linden Lifestyles

14 ( 71018 ) The Click Heard Round the World

15 ( 74992 ) What Is This Crap?

16 ( 76161 ) Slmen

17 ( 80471 ) The Metaverse Journal - Australia's Virtual World News Service

18 ( 80627 ) Hair Fair

19 ( 90459 ) Mermaid Diaries: Natalia Zelmanov's Second Life Adventures

20 ( 92339 ) Aviatrix :: Zoe Connolly

21 ( 95781 ) Second Style Fashionista

22 ( 98059 ) Second Life News Network - SLNN

23 ( 98492 ) Living in the Metaverse

24 ( 102814 ) The ARCH

25 ( 104911 ) Second Effects

26 ( 109973 ) DIP's Dispatches from the Imagination Age

27 ( 115310 ) Your2ndPlace | Our Realities. Our Worlds.

28 ( 124453 ) CodeBastardRedgrave.Com

29 ( 131159 ) Ch'know?

30 ( 131159 ) Are we not men?

31 ( 131159 ) Designing Nicky Ree

32 ( 134449 ) Verbal Stew

33 ( 145375 ) Second Life Education Research

34 ( 146092 ) 3pointD.com

35 ( 150697 ) PARATGE

36 ( 150697 ) Geta

37 ( 150697 ) Hibernia on the Skids

38 ( 150697 ) Alliance Virtual Library

39 ( 150697 ) Prim Perfect

40 ( 155275 ) The Heliograph

41 ( 155275 ) Girl Wonder Speaks...about Second Life

42 ( 155482 ) Omniversing..

43 ( 160222 ) Kitty Witchin

44 ( 165045 ) Second Arts

45 ( 165045 ) Kota's Knickers

46 ( 165045 ) Fleur Skins

47 ( 170751 ) Ophelia Drowns

48 ( 170751 ) M is for Myg

49 ( 170751 ) An Engine Fit For My Proceeding

50 ( 176452 ) GION PROJECT

51 ( 176452 ) Ivalde`s Heim

52 ( 182459 ) Second Stindberg

53 ( 182459 ) My SLife on the D List

54 ( 182713 ) APLINK - itsReal

55 ( 189084 ) The News from BardHaven

56 ( 189084 ) Reading Radar

57 ( 195869 ) Mean Girls Guide to SL

58 ( 196126 ) Kyoot

59 ( 203197 ) Ambling in Second Life

60 ( 203461 ) MindBlizzard blog

61 ( 203461 ) Millions of Us

62 ( 210954 ) SL of Dreams

63 ( 211247 ) Phasing Grace | Social Architecture and Virtual Worlds

64 ( 219249 ) Tori's Blog

65 ( 219249 ) Ryker Beck dot COM

66 ( 219495 ) -Ana Lutetia-

67 ( 226482 ) Casa Del Shai

68 ( 226482 ) Shop Till U Drop!!!

69 ( 228326 ) Tenth Life

70 ( 237372 ) Botgirl's Second Life Diary

71 ( 237644 ) SLOG

72 ( 237644 ) Studio Wikitecture: Opening Architecture

73 ( 237644 ) Second Life News

74 ( 237963 ) EncoreSeraphine.com

75 ( 237963 ) Around the Grid

76 ( 247893 ) Westin Element

77 ( 248232 ) Dedric Mauriac

78 ( 255487 ) Second Life Herald

79 ( 259213 ) Appearance Mode

80 ( 259213 ) Another blog!

81 ( 270884 ) Discursos do Outro Mundo

82 ( 270884 ) Dwell On It

83 ( 270884 ) Through my eyes..

84 ( 270884 ) The Realm of the Red Rose

85 ( 283302 ) Wrath Paine vs. Second Life

86 ( 283302 ) PixelDolls...

87 ( 283640 ) Eladrienne's Other Life!

88 ( 283640 ) Grid Expectations

89 ( 283640 ) IDG ~ A SecondLife Design Company

90 ( 297452 ) SiniStyle Decapitated

91 ( 297452 ) Second Life Fashion Police

92 ( 297802 ) Aspire Model Management

93 ( 297802 ) Lucas Lameth ( luc ) Fashion Jewelry

94 ( 297802 ) GuRL 6

95 ( 300923 ) artilleri

96 ( 309815 ) The Daily Graze

97 ( 309815 ) cognitive dissonance

98 ( 309815 ) caLLie cLine

99 ( 312717 ) What Is This Crap?

100 ( 312717 ) Nexeus Fatale

101 ( 329677 ) Radio Riel

102 ( 347841 ) Virtual Neko in Second Life

103 ( 347841 ) Willowing Wisps

104 ( 347841 ) JUST VIRTUAL

105 ( 348256 ) All Ears in Second Life

106 ( 348256 ) Joonie's Journey...

107 ( 368511 ) Second Life: Music, DJs

108 ( 368869 ) Business Communicators of Second Life

109 ( 376449 ) Life and Times of Lapin Paris

110 ( 390945 ) The Adventures of Dolmere Talamasca

111 ( 390945 ) Zippora's life

112 ( 391354 ) Cylindrian’s Grace Notes

113 ( 391354 ) Architecture +

114 ( 391354 ) LaBicyclette

115 ( 391354 ) a virtual village voice

116 ( 391354 ) Looker Lumet

117 ( 391354 ) The New Babbage Forum Board

118 ( 391354 ) Ravishal Ramblings

119 ( 391354 ) Rebel Hope Designs

120 ( 391354 ) Rheta

121 ( 391354 ) She's So Unusual

122 ( 416553 ) Whole Lotta Rosie

123 ( 416553 ) Steelhead Anvil

124 ( 416553 ) The Winter Market

125 ( 416974 ) Livedoor Blog

126 ( 416974 ) My Digital Double

127 ( 416974 ) Songs from The Nightingale

128 ( 416974 ) Less Than 3

129 ( 416974 ) Pandora's box

130 ( 445514 ) The Minor Mishaps and Adventures of Skusting Dagger

131 ( 445514 ) Timothy's Second Life Experience

132 ( 445514 ) Torrid Tales of a Compulsive Swooner

133 ( 445962 ) Machinimoo

134 ( 478246 ) Sezmra @ Second Life

135 ( 478246 ) everyday second life

136 ( 478246 ) Vitamin Ci

137 ( 478246 ) Kabalyero

138 ( 478737 ) Best of Both Worlds

139 ( 478737 ) Metaversal Arts

140 ( 478737 ) metaversed.com

141 ( 478737 ) Nyte'N'Day

142 ( 478737 ) Just me, dinee

143 ( 497353 ) All Things Tiessa

144 ( 497353 ) How's your world?

145 ( 516161 ) Second Tense

146 ( 516161 ) The Insane Life of Stuart Warf

147 ( 516161 ) Warm Winter Nights

148 ( 516633 ) Chey's Second Life Blog

149 ( 516633 ) The Journal of Dr. Darien Mason

150 ( 516633 ) Evans Avenue Exit

151 ( 516633 ) The Winged Girl Blog

152 ( 516633 ) Loki's musings on first and second life

153 ( 516633 ) 500 Year Diary

154 ( 546134 ) Girl meets Second Life

155 ( 559640 ) ged's anti-blog

156 ( 559640 ) Trudeau Classic Sailing Yachts

157 ( 559640 ) MODA Fashion SL

158 ( 560192 ) Content Confessional

159 ( 560192 ) The New Observer

160 ( 560192 ) tu Segunda Vida en castellano

161 ( 560192 ) Poid Mahovlich

162 ( 574319 ) Veyron’s Adventures in Second Life

163 ( 574319 ) Designing Insanity

164 ( 605911 ) A Stroll Through Caledon

165 ( 605911 ) Ramblings of a Red Headed Kitten

166 ( 610516 ) theshadow's Alternative Second Life Fashions

167 ( 610516 ) Eclipse

168 ( 610516 ) Vidal's Dolly Realm

169 ( 611068 ) Battered Boudoir

170 ( 611068 ) Diamonds and Rust Podcast

171 ( 611068 ) The Diverse Adventures of Mr G. Abel

172 ( 611068 ) The Adventures of Natacha Chernov

173 ( 611068 ) It's A Scaggs Life!

174 ( 640608 ) SL Educating

175 ( 671532 ) Second Life Games

176 ( 671532 ) The Connolly Telegraph

177 ( 671532 ) -Veschi- ( Ze Blogue )

178 ( 671532 ) The Chilbo Road Press

179 ( 671532 ) Terra Aeronautics - Virtual vehicles for the metaverse

180 ( 671532 ) Second Life

181 ( 672119 ) ArtsPlace SL

182 ( 672119 ) The Ortega Chronicles

183 ( 672119 ) Honour's Post Menopausal View

184 ( 672119 ) avocatio virtualis

185 ( 672119 ) Experiments with Avatars

186 ( 672119 ) Oh, hush!

187 ( 679094 ) CronoCloud Creeggan, Virtual Fashionista

188 ( 722319 ) Jacek Lives

189 ( 722319 ) SECONDtunes

190 ( 722319 ) The ramblings of Violet

191 ( 747459 ) Second Seeker - Unofficial Second Life Reviews

192 ( 747459 ) Shep Korvin - Blog is the new Black

193 ( 747459 ) SlCoolMag

194 ( 747459 ) SquadVillage

195 ( 747459 ) Project Q/Gematria

196 ( 747459 ) Stone Culdesac

197 ( 747459 ) Stonebender

198 ( 747459 ) The Antiquity Gazette

199 ( 747459 ) VTOR - Virtual TO Reality

200 ( 748042 ) Beth's Second Life

201 ( 748042 ) Daltonic Gin

202 ( 748042 ) The News-Review

203 ( 748042 ) Madison's Avenue

204 ( 748042 ) Proceedings of the Royal Society

205 ( 825880 ) Aenea's Second Life

206 ( 825880 ) Pedro Meya Marty - Agentur f

207 ( 841571 ) SLC

208 ( 841571 ) Tooter Claxton

209 ( 841571 ) Newbe's Steam Powered Blog

210 ( 841571 ) Blunt Fashion Sense

211 ( 841571 ) Calico Ingmann Creations

212 ( 841571 ) Omega Point | A blog by Catherine Winters

213 ( 841571 ) Glass Earth

214 ( 841571 ) Talia-Tokugawa.co.uk

215 ( 841571 ) Yo no leo a Enrique Dans

216 ( 841571 ) Comments for Yxes Muses

217 ( 841571 ) Taunt - Online Games, Photoshop, Second Life, IMVU

218 ( 841571 ) Moggs - A Second Life

219 ( 842180 ) Kathar.in

220 ( 842180 ) Digital Dragon Designs

221 ( 842180 ) IYan Writer in virtual worlds

222 ( 842180 ) My Virtual Life - KaticusSparrow.com

223 ( 842180 ) ma vie d'avatar: ma vie sur second life

224 ( 842180 ) Meet the Petermans

225 ( 842180 ) Pix3lizeD Th0ughTs

226 ( 842180 ) Rose Petal Creations

227 ( 890116 ) Lady Adventuress

228 ( 890116 ) Honey Wendt in Second Life

229 ( 890116 ) miau haus

230 ( 964335 ) Kuro Neko - Marsha

231 ( 964335 ) Eloise's thoughts and fancies

232 ( 964335 ) First Impressions

233 ( 964335 ) SL Review

234 ( 964434 ) The Log of HGS Zaneta

235 ( 964434 ) Second Life Conceptual Creations

236 ( 964434 ) Space's Space

237 ( 964434 ) Sunn's World

238 ( 964434 ) Crimson Flow

239 ( 964434 ) NYMPHETAMINE

240 ( 964434 ) Extropian :: Zabrina McMahon

241 ( 965095 ) Argent Eyes

242 ( 965095 ) Machinations of an Evil Tiny Kitty

243 ( 965095 ) Eyana Yohkoh's Blog

244 ( 965095 ) Grace McDunnough's Music in a Virtual World - HOME

245 ( 965095 ) Nimil

246 ( 1052395 ) Havernator

247 ( 1052395 ) Sin Trenton

248 ( 1130271 ) Star Life

249 ( 1130271 ) Sio's Second Life

250 ( 1130271 ) Style HotLine

251 ( 1130271 ) LA 2nd Life

252 ( 1130271 ) Coffee, Cigarettes

253 ( 1130984 ) Artesia B's Second Life World

254 ( 1130984 ) Bella in Second Life

255 ( 1130984 ) DrFran Does SL

256 ( 1130984 ) Frequency's Oscillations

257 ( 1130984 ) Metaverse Law

258 ( 1130984 ) cracklin to what's happening right now

259 ( 1130984 ) Niki's Notes

260 ( 1130984 ) The Bon Mots of Phineas Matova

261 ( 1130984 ) Ribbons Learns to Swim

262 ( 1157363 ) The Life of Abigail Raymaker

263 ( 1157363 ) Charity Dogsbody's Booke of Sensible Advice

264 ( 1157363 ) simVineyard

265 ( 1285236 ) Not Your Typical Lady

266 ( 1285236 ) Casius has the Rants

267 ( 1285236 ) The Cindy Kesey Show

268 ( 1285236 ) KaI’s Thoughts

269 ( 1285236 ) Hexed ( Formerly Escape )

270 ( 1375608 ) Selling in Secondlife

271 ( 1375608 ) Second Life Future Salon

272 ( 1375608 ) Steampunk

273 ( 1375608 ) For All Your Household Needs

274 ( 1375608 ) 2E Leven

275 ( 1375608 ) Woolly Wildcat Writings

276 ( 1375608 ) Second By Second

277 ( 1375608 ) Quarter Life Crisis

278 ( 1375608 ) Make Money Online With Richard Palace

279 ( 1375608 ) From the Flames

280 ( 1375608 ) tara incognita

281 ( 1376407 ) Angie Mornington

282 ( 1376407 ) Cubik Circle Furniture Store

283 ( 1376407 ) Dings Digital's Diary

284 ( 1376407 ) Dorje's Nest

285 ( 1376407 ) SubliminaLuminations

286 ( 1376407 ) The Chase

287 ( 1376407 ) JetDoll

288 ( 1376407 ) Second Life Voyage

289 ( 1376407 ) Reaction - a Surfers Revolution

290 ( 1446376 ) The Diary of a Caledonian Baroness

291 ( 1446376 ) Beta Technologies

292 ( 1446376 ) Brigid Ashwood Fantasy Artist

293 ( 1446376 ) Johanna Hyacinth's Second Life Blog

294 ( 1446376 ) Virtual Nature

295 ( 1446376 ) What country, friends, is this?

296 ( 1655777 ) Cala - Transgender in Second Life

297 ( 1655777 ) Caliburn Susanto

298 ( 1655777 ) THE GEARSHOP

299 ( 1655777 ) Irelyn's Eyes

300 ( 1655777 ) A Real Girl in a Fake World

301 ( 1655777 ) rosemary galbraith

302 ( 1655777 ) Baedeker

303 ( 1655777 ) Starlight in Caledon

304 ( 1655777 ) Sadako Does Second Life

305 ( 1655777 ) Daikon Forge

306 ( 1761164 ) Paw Prints

307 ( 1761164 ) The Second Life Great Expedition

308 ( 1761164 ) Tsu

309 ( 1761164 ) Vicious Studios

310 ( 1761164 ) Warped Axis

311 ( 1761164 ) Wildefire Walcott's Mistressy Musings

312 ( 1761164 ) AudSLife

313 ( 1761164 ) The Source of Power

314 ( 1761164 ) Second Campus

315 ( 1761164 ) Second Life Crew

316 ( 1761164 ) Ziggy Quirk.com

317 ( 1762116 ) Beq's adventures in second life

318 ( 1762116 ) FireEyes

319 ( 1762116 ) Oh no Crippy Oh

320 ( 1762116 ) Dreambits

321 ( 1762116 ) Protected Blog

322 ( 1762116 ) E.Laval Fine Clothing

323 ( 1762116 ) In Praise of Folly

324 ( 1762116 ) Interests of Isolde Flamand

325 ( 1762116 ) Louis Ringgold

326 ( 1762116 ) myslhometv

327 ( 1762116 ) NewMedia On the Go

328 ( 1762116 ) PerimeterView

329 ( 1762116 ) RedDawn Bade - Lost in Second Life

330 ( 1762116 ) Rich Desoto

331 ( 1762116 ) Samantha Speaks!

332 ( 1762116 ) I, Hassanov

333 ( 1951828 ) Second Life: Low Pimpin

334 ( 1951828 ) Scripter Syndrome

335 ( 1951828 ) Virtually Speaking

336 ( 1951828 ) The Family Jewels

337 ( 1951828 ) Iron Raptor

338 ( 1951828 ) Maude Standish

339 ( 1951828 ) Raise the Red Lantern

340 ( 1951828 ) Smashed Explorer

341 ( 1951828 ) VALENCIA City

342 ( 1951828 ) Second Life Annotated Bibliography

343 ( 1951828 ) InkD! Tattoos

344 ( 1951828 ) Gideon Television

345 ( 1951828 ) Virtual Suburbia

346 ( 2473598 ) 2nd Lifer

347 ( 2473598 ) a simple felines blog

348 ( 2473598 ) Antiquity Grand Opening

349 ( 2473598 ) ElleCoyote

350 ( 2473598 ) Caledon Sketchbook

351 ( 2473598 ) Coyote Momiji

352 ( 2473598 ) Starr-ving Artist

353 ( 2473598 ) Cereal Killer

354 ( 2473598 ) A Day in the Second Life

355 ( 2473598 ) Laverne

356 ( 2473598 ) good deeds of a sailor to be

357 ( 2473598 ) sable

358 ( 2473598 ) Golf in Second Life

359 ( 2473598 ) Personal media in Second Life

360 ( 2473598 ) From my Second Life

361 ( 2473598 ) Soliel Snook

362 ( 2473598 ) troublehouston

363 ( 2473598 ) Vieeto Voom

364 ( 2473598 ) Gloire de Vivre

365 ( 2473598 ) Veronique's Second Life

366 ( 2473598 ) Welcome to the Combat: Samurai Island Website!

367 ( 2473598 ) Gridmarker Blog

368 ( 2473598 ) Thunderverse

369 ( 2505291 ) LUSH - Scarlet Singer

370 ( 2505291 ) secondfluid

371 ( 2505291 ) Second Life at hand

372 ( 2505291 ) Sensual Designs

373 ( 2505291 ) * ~ SLIGIRLS ~ *

374 ( 2505291 ) SL Mascot

375 ( 2505291 ) Marion in Wonderland

376 ( 2505291 ) My Second Life is the New First

377 ( 2505291 ) Tweaktocracy

378 ( 2505291 ) Your Godless Goddess

379 ( 2505291 ) The life of Stuart Warf

380 ( 2505291 ) Frontier's Horizon

381 ( 2505291 ) Kitten Lulu

382 ( 2505291 ) Virtual World and Online Game Explorations | Nigel Paravane

383 ( 2505291 ) Monergism.com :: Classic Articles and Resources of the Historic Christian Faith

384 ( 2505291 ) Thallos

385 ( 2505917 ) Acedia Diary

386 ( 2505917 ) Beats n' Pieces

387 ( 2505917 ) Manic Builder

388 ( 2505917 ) Derek

389 ( 2505917 ) Forceme Silverspar's adventures in Second Life

390 ( 2505917 ) Goto Desoto

391 ( 2505917 ) LDinSTL says:

392 ( 2505917 ) Mael's Mindforge

393 ( 2505917 ) Protected Blog

394 ( 2505917 ) MRO SHOW ** LIVE **

395 ( 2505917 ) Ordinal's Cabinet of Ephemera

396 ( 3324847 ) 2nDisability

397 ( 3324847 ) Aether Chronicles

398 ( 3324847 ) Observations from Mairead Fitzgerald

399 ( 3324847 ) Miss Ambrosia Freenote's Conspicuously Misplaced Diary

400 ( 3324847 ) Rabbit Droppings

401 ( 3324847 ) Azareth Kohime

402 ( 3324847 ) The World Through A Banshees Eyes

403 ( 3324847 ) Setori Spire Studios

404 ( 3324847 ) Caledon Early Bird Social Club

405 ( 3324847 ) Razoo Realty

406 ( 3324847 ) Chevelle Attenbrough

407 ( 3324847 ) C:SI

408 ( 3324847 ) Days of Drut

409 ( 3324847 ) The Eponymist

410 ( 3324847 ) Eros Designs

411 ( 3324847 ) explorerjusty

412 ( 3324847 ) itlp-nav

413 ( 3324847 ) Jessyanne

414 ( 3324847 ) Candi's crazy ramblings

415 ( 3324847 ) The Lapointe Square

416 ( 3324847 ) White Rabbit

417 ( 3324847 ) SteamPunk Style

418 ( 3324847 ) Mal Burns Annex

419 ( 3324847 ) Moriash Moreau: My Second Life

420 ( 3324847 ) Cybernetic dreams

421 ( 3324847 ) novalisrau

422 ( 3324847 ) PrincessNina Prefect rocking SL

423 ( 3324847 ) RaceSL

424 ( 3324847 ) Adventures in my Second Life

425 ( 3324847 ) SL Surf Side

426 ( 3324847 ) Sevvy's Stories

427 ( 3324847 ) If memory serves me....

428 ( 3324847 ) make money

429 ( 3324847 ) Indescribable... Sometimes life is Just Plain Crazy!

430 ( 3324847 ) From The Eye Of The Storm

431 ( 3324847 ) SL Victorian Post

432 ( 3324847 ) Smiley

433 ( 3324847 ) Spin Martin

434 ( 3324847 ) â„¢

435 ( 3324847 ) Taffy Apple Designs

436 ( 3324847 ) TAM'S HOUSE OF CHAOS

437 ( 3324847 ) Taras Balderdash's Avatarian News: September 2006

438 ( 3324847 ) Through the filter of a Victorian Aesthetic

439 ( 3324847 ) viktor stroganoff

440 ( 3324847 ) virtually fantastic

441 ( 3324847 ) Ties that bind

442 ( 3324847 ) Eclectic Randomness

443 ( 3324847 ) DoMoCo

444 ( 3324847 ) Home - SL Business Magazine

445 ( 3324847 ) The Diva's Diary: Life, Love, and Lust

446 ( 4776919 ) Arteer Oliva - Vox

447 ( 4776919 ) Audio Zenith | Everything You Need To Know About SecondLife

448 ( 4776919 ) Backpacking Burro

449 ( 4776919 ) Laurel Crown

450 ( 4776919 ) Nowhere but here...

451 ( 4776919 ) Galaizm - Vox

452 ( 4776919 ) Return to Secondlife

453 ( 4776919 ) Baronial Notations

454 ( 4776919 ) Accounts From A Not So kleines M

455 ( 4776919 ) Under the Mountain of Madness

456 ( 4776919 ) Miss Cornelia Rothschild

457 ( 4776919 ) Old Gravy blog

458 ( 4776919 ) MAKEDA

459 ( 4776919 ) Mollster's

460 ( 4776919 ) Parallax: The Journal of Professor Nareth E. Nishi

461 ( 4776919 ) OMG Magazine Second Life

462 ( 4776919 ) Patrice's Terraforming

463 ( 4776919 ) pwnd magazine

464 ( 4776919 ) 403 Error - Forbidden

465 ( 4778283 ) A Wandering Elf

466 ( 4778283 ) Ships of the Line

467 ( 4778283 ) Victorian Shopkeepers Association

468 ( 4778283 ) Inquisitive Mind

469 ( 4778283 ) The Tombstone Sun-Review

470 ( 4778283 ) Finding Sophrosyne

471 ( 4778283 ) Explorations of the White Foxx

472 ( 4778283 ) Tinsel Silvera

473 ( 4778283 ) Quick

474 ( 4778283 ) Technical User Interfacing

475 ( 4778283 ) Tweeze Tyne

476 ( 4778283 ) Khaos Klub Information Website

477 ( 4778283 ) avenging avatar

478 ( 4778283 ) Second Life Walker

479 ( 4778283 ) SLOz - Australia

480 ( 4978471 ) Annie Fukai Sl's Adventure

481 ( 4978471 ) Bastillion's Bastion

482 ( 4978471 ) The Sweet Escape

483 ( 4978471 ) Cats'n'Claws

484 ( 4978471 ) celtgrrl

485 ( 4978471 ) pixie dust and tantrums...

486 ( 4978471 ) Streeter Scene ( the Second Life of Chloe )

487 ( 4978471 ) L33T3r Then You

488 ( 4978471 ) Chi Lo Sa

489 ( 4978471 ) Diary of an avatar

490 ( 4978471 ) Does This Make My Ass Look Fat?

491 ( 4978471 ) Earnest Candour's Blog

492 ( 4978471 ) Eileen in Second Life

493 ( 4978471 ) Jezebella

494 ( 4978471 ) Garbage Prototype

495 ( 4978471 ) Interplanetary Expeditions ( IPX ) Database

496 ( 4978471 ) Made for No Reason

497 ( 4978471 ) Second Spice

498 ( 4978471 ) Women of Second Life

499 ( 4978471 ) Motorati Girlz

500 ( 4978471 ) My Second Life

501 ( 4978471 ) Welcome to the Train-Wreck Love Life

502 ( 4978471 ) Riven's Nest

503 ( 4978471 ) Rude Mechanica

504 ( 4978471 ) Second411 Blog

505 ( 4978471 ) Bulk Upload

506 ( 4978471 ) NPSL: Nonprofits in Second Life | Saving the ( virtual ) world

507 ( 4978471 ) Second Life explorer

508 ( 4978471 ) Second Wynd

509 ( 4978471 ) Second Life Blogosphere

510 ( 4978471 ) Chance's SL Musings

511 ( 4978471 ) My Second life

512 ( 4978471 ) Project Q Archives

513 ( 4978471 ) Arriving Somewhere But Not Here

514 ( 4978471 ) Technopaideia

515 ( 4978471 ) The Agile Mind

516 ( 4978471 ) Trin's Tantrums

517 ( 4978471 ) What *IS* Willis Talking About?

518 ( 4978471 ) Battlestar Mercury

519 ( 4978471 ) Jax

520 ( 4978471 ) Metaverse Week in Review

521 ( 4978471 ) Mossie Designs in SL

522 ( 4978471 ) Second Life Directory - Second Life Most Popular Directory - SLTopSites.com

523 ( 4978471 ) trash palace - electronic music club

524 ( 4978471 ) Yoshino's Second life blog

525 ( 4978471 ) Why everyone

526 ( 4978471 ) Overheard in SL


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Peter Stindberg said...

Linden Lifestyles (#13) has officially closed several months ago - you will only get archived content there.

Overheard in Second Life - the last one on your list - is rather new. It has potential to become very popular.

I am surprised (and even shocked a bit) to be among the top 50 (after 1+2+13 are taken out /me grins), especially since a lot of blogs I personally value higher than mine are much lower.

as anywhere, loudness seems to be rewarded more than quality :-)

for Paisley Beebe said...

you'd better check that list Arminex there are a lot that don't exist anymore...so those rankings are old. I know one website had closed over a year ago, and Linden Lifestyles closed not months ago but probably a year ago also. Sorry to burst your bubble...
but thats based on stats over probably a year so some of the blogs would be bumped up I guess.
Paisley

Peter Stindberg said...

A good source for SL blogs would also be the OMPL from worldofsl.com, which you can find here: http://planet.worldofsl.com/opml.xml

GoSpeed said...

I see my blog is missing. It's been up over a year and is syndicated via World of SL. I see many on that list that have not been updated for months or are defunct.

Prad Prathivi said...

Metaversally Speaking isn't listed on Technorati, DMOZ or.. well.. anywhere! *laughs*

I keep meaning to do it, but the blog seems to be doing alright regardless.. I'm clueless as to why, but thanks for the mention nevertheless - I'll try and stop being so lazy and get listed in these fandangled things! ;-)

Tarissa Tripsa said...

I'm rank 390,945 and not on the list! *shakes fist* ;-)

ArminasX said...

While the program seemed to work, the thing I was unsure of was the quality of the list of blogs. No one can know all of them, as we can only follow a few. I knocked out the ones I personally knew were dead, but I expected there were more and was not about to test 520+ blogs (and there were MANY you don't see that I already eliminated).

Tell you what - I will redo this in a week or two using a better list of blogs, and hopefully everyone can point out the dead blogs to me. Also, tell me the name of your blog and I'll try to include it next time around.

@Paisley - Technorati' ranking is based partially on links from other blogs, which likely still exist. That's why they still "rank", because those dead blogs still exist and can often be read, even today.

@Peter - I'll take a look at WoSL's list and perhaps merge it with mine.

@Gospeed, Tarissa (and anyone else) just drop the name of your blog in the comments and I'll add it to the ist.

@Prad - suggest you sign up for Technorati, it's very easy to go to their site and "claim" your blog. You also get some interesting stats that you can't easily get elsewhere.

Tarissa Tripsa said...

My blog is Fallobst (http://windfallobst.wordpress.com/) I love statistics and lists (except The List), but would never even think about doing it due to the mountain of work it involves...so, good work and thanks for doing this for us!

Prad Prathivi said...

I'm registered there now! I make #14 on your list, apparently! ;-)

Winter said...

Mine has mooved to its own domain 2weeks ago. Leave you the new link here:
http://www.warmwinternights.com

Thankx :o)

Tymmerie Thorne said...

Since it still sort of shocks me that people read my blog, I am pretty tickled at my placing in the list. I'll cross my fingers that when you redo things I won't slip down and if I do, it won't be too badly.

I think you did a stand up job trying to deal with so many unknowns, Armi! You always impress the heck out of me.

Now, with so many SL blogs out there, you'd think we'd be having many more SL Blogger parties. I'll IM Zoe right away!

CeN said...

So many of these I never heard of so it's been a great post to even get the word out about more blogs.

I agree with some of what's said here though, some of these blogs haven't been updated in months and I think are retired. Their ranking still holds so I'm not sure how you can take them off the list other than manually checking each one and having some system to weed out retired ones.

Botgirl Questi said...

Technorati shows botgirl.blogspot.com ranked 127,343, not 237,372 (at least when I log in.)

ArminasX said...

@botgirl, yes, I noticed the same effect. It turns out that the Technorati API returns a RANK value that is different than what is shown when you login. It seems to be consistent for all sites, so I believe it to be useful at least for ranking the blogs - in other words, it helps us determine the rank, and that's about all.

@everyone - yeah, there are more dead's to remove. I guess I'll start working on that...

Brad Reason / Doubledown Tandino said...

awesome list, and thanks for pulling it together.

One problem arises though using technorati... I, as well as many bloggers, don't use it anymore... or never have.

I'm proud to be #107. Sounds about right.

And my personal favorites are:
New World Notes & Dusan Writer's Blog

Some good ones from the past were:
SLNN and Virtually Blind

GoSpeed said...

http://gospeedracer.wordpress.com

Peter Stindberg said...

Brad, you do not need to actively USE it to be included. I se it for my RL blog, but never bothered to sign up for my SL blogs - still both were accessed within Technorati and even acquired some authority :-)

When you actively register/use Technorati, you have a bunch of features more. But this does not affect IF you are listed or not.

Anonymous said...

no one cares cept other blogers and rating them is KINDA MEAN DEforest beck

ArminasX said...

@def - not so! this is a way for ppl to discover blogs they didn't know about that other ppl consider important.

Anyway, I didn't rate them - Technorati did. I'm the messenger, don't shoot me!

Leo said...

Just my thoughts on how to tweak your list, it may require using a bit more than just technorati. Google Page Rank can also help determine some of this ranking if you want to use it or factor it into your decision. For instance, if a blog is ranked at 49 and another is ranked at 50, but the page rank for 50 is well higher than the one at 49, the influence of that blog should push it over 49. Also can't you use the "last updated" result from technorati to determine if a blog is still alive or not? So say if not posted in the past 30 days have your program automatically remove it from the list.

Other than that, nice list and a pretty cool idea.

ArminasX said...

Great suggestion Leo! I really like the idea of using the last update date, although by going through some sites manually, there are a few that officially declare they are closing, and others that are still alive but just incredibly infrequent.

ArminasX said...

Bad news: the Technorati API returns "1970-01-01 00:00:00 GMT" as the last update date for the few that I've sampled so far. I guess they don't really track that information. Also, there apparently is no Google API to reveal pagerank.

annotoole said...

Awww mine isn't there. Oh well a lot of my traffic seems to come from non Second Life related visitors. I always wonder what they must have thought when they arrive and decided to look around lol.

chestnut rau said...

Thanks for doing this. Its very interesting.

I would love to see the list parsed by category such as business blogs, fashion blogs, news blogs, commentary, personal experience blogs. How you would define the categories and put blogs in the right bucket I have no idea but it might give the rankings additional meaning.

Brad Reason / Doubledown Tandino said...

@ Peter, any Technorati user thats also a SL blogger will always be higher in the Technorati rankings.

There is no real way to solidly rank the blogs unless you wanna go straight to the math of the page views and visitors counts for each one.

The Technorati method seems to be the best method for it organizing.
But for example, try rankings on digg or reedit, and the list will shift some

ArminasX said...

@annotoole - sorry for neglecting you, but I've now discovered large numbers of missing blogs by searching more sources. I'm working on a new list now that will include yours. Man, it's a lot of work, tho.

@Chestnut - That would be great, but I have no idea how that could be done. There is no way to classify blogs other than by reading them. And there are many, many hundreds of them. Worse, some will fit into multiple or no category.

@Brad/DoubleDown - You're right, ranking blogs is really a matter of opinion. Is it simply pageviews? Or is it # of unique visitors? Or links? Something else? Or all of the above? All of that information is not available either, so I simply gave up and had someone else (Technorati) do it for me.

Alicia Chenaux said...

I'm 29? Wow. I'm...well, I'm shocked, to be honest. LOL

Phantom Republic said...

Surprised my team blog, Phantom's Republic isn't on there. We ARE on technorati, and I do have it tagged with "Second Life." Our rank is in the 602,000nds, so we would have been around 160-something on your list.

Siggy said...

LOL! I suspect the majority of folks commenting are doing so precisely because they are NOT there. And much as we absentees pretend that we don't care, we do ;)

On the upside, I took to heart the suggestion to register with Technorati, so maybe better luck for me next year!

And yes, the words "closed" or "moribund" can be used to describe a fair number of the entries. Still, kudos for the brave attempt, Arminex!

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Suztv said...

Your list is incomplete - I know that you stated that it was... But knowing the list isn't accurate and the publishing it - well it seems as though you have other goals? I'm not sure why you would publish a list that has such old blogs and then not include some of the newer hotter blogs... Strange.

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