One of the questions that I’m asked on a semi-regular basis from Australian friends, journalists and others is for a list of top Australian Blogs. While there have been attempts at such lists in the past and even competitions to find Australia’s ‘best blog’ on numerous occasions they’ve generally been popularity competitions (not that there’s anything wrong with being popular).
Over the last few weeks I’ve had a number of emails from Australian bloggers telling me of a couple of attempts to get a good list of top Australian blogs.
The first was one compiled using Technorati’s rankings list at Craig Harper. His list is in his blog’s sidebar and is going to be updated regularly.
The other list builds on Craig’s one and is compiled by Meg from Dipping into the Blogpond. Meg’s Top 100 takes into account Technorati’s ranking but also Alexa’s global and Australian rankings.
While both lists (and their methodology) can be refined (and Meg’s asking for feedback on hers) what excites me about them is that surfing the list helped me find some great new blogs that I wasn’t previously aware of. I’m also pretty happy to see that featuring prominently in the list is a number of blogs that I’m a daily reader of – bloggers writing about new media like Yaro Starak, Alister Cameron, Duncan Riley, Meg herself, Ben Barren, Trevor Cook, Des Walsh, Shai Coggins and more.