Technorati Rankings: Top Ten of Aus Spec Fic

Last July, John Scalzi made a list of the Top 50 Personal Blogs in SF/F and then updated it 6 months later in December. I only found these lists in late July this year and, out of interest, I decided to have a look at the rankings for Australian Speculative Fiction blogs. I discovered them today whilst cleaning out my inbox and, as it follows on fairly nicely from the Snapshot, I thought I may as well update and publish them.

It seemed a bit pointless to go for fifty, given that I only looked at about 45 blogs all up. Therefore, here are the Top 10 Personal Blogs in Australian Speculative Fiction, according to Technorati ranking. For interest, I've included Technorati ranking and authority for both today and when I first looked in late July. Also, there was a tie for 10th place and therefore there are actually eleven :-)

Blog Authority Today Authority Late July
1 Justine Larbalestier http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog 210 21876 214 21371
2 Scott Westerfeld http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog 185 26176 202 22783
3 Max Barry http://www.maxbarry.com 165 29945 152 32736
4 Ben Peek http://benpeek.livejournal.com 73 76317 67 83917
5 Gillian Polack http://gillpolack.livejournal.com 65 86966 65 86877
6 Simon Haynes http://halspacejock.blogspot.com 60 95413 84 65114
7 John Birmingham http://birmo.journalspace.com 55 105673 64 88442
8 Jonathan Strahan http://www.jonathanstrahan.com.au/wp 52 112760 56 103283
9 Alisa Krasnostein http://girliejones.livejournal.com 42 144996 40 148653
10 Stephanie Gunn http://azhure.livejournal.com 40 153346 40 153143
10 Grant Watson http://angriest.livejournal.com 40 153346 37 167072

Some notes:
Yes - sorry - that's what I meant. 101 reasons Technorati ranking had been set back to zero and was increasing once again. Actually I was impressed at how high it had got after a relatively short time at the new address.

I take your points about the suitability of 101 Reasons and won't include it in future lists (should I do them). Although heavily populated by writers, the list isn't exclusive to them, and ideally should include reviewers, artists, whatever. It's also highly skewed by whom I am aware of. If I was less lazy, I could have gone through the 83-odd people interviewed for the snapshot and got more blogs to check out.

And you're absolutely right about the moving target - person x gets a few more links, but so do people y and z. Not to mention the thousands of new blogs that have been created in that time. It's a never ending race. And probably a meaningless never ending race at that!
Well, maybe 101 Reasons is useful as a comparison -- if a blog about not writing is doing better, ranking-wise, than almost all the blogs on the list, it certainly means ... something. If it serves to knock people down a peg, it's for the greater good.

Ranking is a useful performance metric if blog content is a priority for the blogger. It can quickly let you know if people are reading your blog for your incisive commentary, or for the "my cat did something funny" posts. Beyond that, it's probably an indicator of "reach", or how many times you're on someone's "Writers I Read" blogroll.

Any science fiction writer who isn't secretly fascinated by information statistics like this is really a fantasy writer.
Just an update to this old post: You were curious at the time about how long it would take for 101 Reasons at the new address to "regain" its original ranking. Well, the new site now has a Technorati Authority of 132, just ahead of the old blog's peak. Only took four months! The old site's Authority has dropped to 74, probably because of many links having been updated (and many that haven't and probably won't be).

Ah, Technorati. You still taunt me.
Cool. I've been thinking ove going through everyone again to see if there have been any big changes in the last 6 months. Must add to list of things to do... :-)