Sunday, 12 October 2008

Musings on the state of my Blogroll

Okay, so I admit I read a lot. I'm an english major. I average about three books a week, either in literature, free reading, or some combination thereof. But that's not what I want to talk about today. What I want to talk about today is the amount of blogs I follow.

I used to use Technorati to keep track of my blogs, but that rapidly stopped working. The database couldn't keep track of the amount of blogs I read in one day. Literally, there would be days where I would sign in and the thing would just stop working on me because I read so many blogs. So, I switched over to Google Reader, and haven't looked back sense.

How many blogs, you ask, do I read? As of today? 139. Blogs. On an average day I read over 200 blog posts, and that peaks with about 300 blog posts on Mondays (the day when most of my weekly blogs post). The numbers dip down on the weekend... with Fridays typically having 170 posts, and Saturday and Sunday having 69 and 100 posts, respectively.

But surely you don't read all that material, you say. And I don't. There are posts that I completely skip, sometimes. I'd say I skip about 10% of the articles. Probably another 5% I read the first paragraph and move on. But the rest? I read them.

Of course, some of those blogs are photoblogs, and some of them are graphs and charts. I admit that.

But what I want to point out today is how many blogs of mine are craft, knitting, crochet and spinning blogs. Take a look:

I have seven spinning blogs I follow.

And FIFTY-TWO crochet and knit blogs I follow.

So I have two questions. The first, would you be interested in a post where I review these blogs, perhaps on a weekly basis? (and when I run out of my personal favorites, where are review other's blogs?)

And second, how many blogs do you follow? How many of them are craft related?

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7 comments:

Jen! said...

Oh man! I use Google Reader, too. It's awesome. I would love to see you review other blogs! ..maybe then I can bring up my sad little number of 39 (crafting, mostly) blogs.

starrypurplehaze said...

of the 196 blogs on my google reader (looooooove) 87 of them are craft related. :)

Knitmomma said...

Wow, you went and made me look...I have 193 blogs on Google Reader! I think almost all of them are craft related...and most of those are fiber crafts.

I would love to see reviews of yours, though - I would love more good spinning blogs to read! (Wait...what am I saying??? More? I don't have time for the ones I currently have!)

Cristina said...

I have 52 blogs in my Google reader, of which 24 are craft related. Most of the rest are science-fiction, random geekiness and science related, and a small handful are feeds for friends blogs.

I would love a periodic review of blogs, whether craft related or otherwise. I like when bloggers do something like that, it gives a huge insight on them (and helps you discover new stuff) in a very small space.

LizzieK8 said...

I have 349 blogs on my Google Reader, and from those, there are about 50-70 posts a day to skim through. Obviously there are a lot of blogs that don't post very often.

All are craft related except one.

I think sometimes I should go through and eliminate some, but why bother. Only the current posts show up on the reader....

katerina said...

Yeah - I'd love to hear a review of the ones you read - It's always nice to hear about another blog!
One I'd recommend if you haven't subscribed to it yet is http://www.the-panopticon.blogspot.com
He's a witty, funny, talented knitter with a wicked sense of humor and imagination!
I use bloglines, but don't have near the number you do, so it works fine for me!

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

I think it would be interesting to read a review:)Hugs Darcy

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