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Religion tops Times blogs

Ruth Gledhill, religion corespondent of The Times, is the paper’s top blogger. Her Articles of Faith blog is well ahead of any of the others from The Times and The Sunday Times published on the papers’ website, according to the Technorati rankings. Gledhill has 772 links from 160 blogs. At the other end of the scale five have no links from other blogs.

Recently, I questioned the purpose of many newspaper blogs, wondering whether they were the latest must-have accessory for editors. A check through the Technorati rankings, unsatisfactory as they are in some ways, seems to confirm the view that some bring little benefit to their papers.

After Gledhill comes columnist David Aaronovitch with 162 links from 90 blogs. He is closely followed by the group news blog. By the nature of their subjects some blogs will have larger potential audiences than others but it is difficult to see a pattern in The Times blogs.

While Technorati records the total number of links and how many other blogs link, it is the second figure which accounts for the ranking, according to an explanation on their site. The figures are from the previous 180 days. They sometimes seem to change erratically and, in my experience do not always pick up links. The list of Times blogs is below, but first a personal disclosure: Wordblog this afternoon had a ranking of 66,872 with 264 links from 40 blogs. When I revived it in the middle of June it was at the bottom of the pile, somewhere in the 1,600,000s.

Times Blogs

1 Ruth Gledhill — Rank: 15,049 (773 links from 160 blogs)
2 David Aaronovitch — Rank: 28,569 (162 links from 90 blogs)
3 News (Group blog) — Rank: 29,614 (202 links from 87 blogs)
4 Asia Exile (Richard Lloyd Parry) — Rank: 37,040 (178 links from 70 blogs)
5 Comment Central (Daniel Finkelstein) — Rank: 39,301 (284 links from 66 blogs)
5 Charles Bremner — Rank: 40,567 (123 links from 64 blogs)
7 Mousetrap Technology (group blog) — Rank: 45,705 (96 links from 57 blogs)
8 Law (group blog) — Rank: 52,557 (111 links from 50 blogs)
9 So LA (Chris Ayres) — Rank: 66,872 (76 links from 40 blogs)
10 Mick Smith — Rank: 70,641 (172 links from 38 blogs)
11 Enterprise (group blog) — Rank: 72,655 (96 links from 37 blogs)
12 A Don’s Life (Mary Beard) — Rank: 74,752 (75 links from 36 blogs)
=13 Music Log (group blog) — Rank: 79,638 (53 links from 34 blogs)
=13 Peter Stothard — Rank: 79,638 (73 links from 34 blogs)
15 Africa (Jonathan Clayton) — Rank: 102,788 (59 links from 27 blogs)
16 Gerard Baker — Rank: 111,889 (43 links from 25 blogs)
17 Sinofile (Jane Macartney) — Rank: 116,916 (73 links from 24 blogs)
18 Eco Worrier (Anna Shepard) — Rank: 122,662 (40 links from 23 blogs)
19 Gardening (Jane Owen) — Rank: 128,952 (25 links from 22 blogs)
20 Asia’s Century (Leo Lewis) — Rank: 245,389 (35 links from 12 blogs)
=21 Cassandra (Ariel Leve) — Rank: 364,820 (11 links from 8 blogs)
=21 Overseas Property (Peter Conradi) — Rank: 364,820 (17 links from 8 blogs)
=21 People (group blog) — Rank: 364,820 (20 links from 8 blogs)
=21 Gay Global (James Collard) — Rank: 364,820 (9 links from 8 blogs)
25 Pink Mum (Anon) — Rank: 475,893 (6 links from 6 blogs)
26 Beyond Wall Street (James Doran) — Rank: 678,225 (4 links from 4 blogs)
=27 Isn’t She Talking Yet? (India Knight) Rank: 858,703 (5 links from 3 blogs)
=27 Student (Anon) — Rank: 858,703 (3 links from 3 blogs)
=29 East of Eden (Stephen Farrell) — Rank: 1,155,566 (6 links from 2 blogs)
=29 Irwin Stelzer — Rank: 1,155,566 (1 link from 1 blog)
=31 Dollar Signs (Dominic Rushe) — Rank: 1,155,566 (2 links from 2 blogs)
=31 Kabul Times (Tim Albone) — Rank: 1,155,566 (1 link from 1 blog)
33 Northern Times (Russell Jenkins) — Rank: 1,738,471 (No blogs link here)
=34 Popcorn (John Harlow) — Rank: 1,738,471 (No blogs link here)
=34 Travel Log (group blog) — Rank: 1,738,471 (No blogs link here)
=34 Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs (Christina Lamb) — Rank: 1,738,471 (No blogs link here)
=34 Lord Rees-Mogg — Rank: 1,738,471 (No blogs link here)
Not Classified Money (group blog) — Not found on Technorati
NC Books Group (Alyson Rudd) Not found on Technorati but also not really a blog
NC Surf Nation (Alex Wade) — Not found on Technorati
NC UN Eyes Only (James Bone) — Not found on Technorati

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  12. Ruth Gledhill says

    Thank you for this report. I spend hours of my own time doing the blog, and sometimes end up working until 2am or 3am, it is such an addictive medium. I really love doing it so don’t resent the time. But I just might ask for a pay rise on the back of your write-up!
    Regards, Ruth

  13. Tom Whitwell says

    Thanks for this. I wish I’d known you were doing this research before embarked on the same project myself (also looking at our internal audience figures) a couple of weeks ago. Technorati can be irritatingly slow…

    Ruth’s blog is a wonderful phenomenon. Last week I found myself reading a post there which – when you included the many erudite comments – ran to over 16,000 words.

    Tom (Online Communities Editor, The Times)

  14. Martin Stabe » links for 2006-10-31 says

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  15. Médiablog says

    32,  a Guardian 12, a Sun 10, Mail 5 blogot működtet! Ezek egy része persze nem valódi blog, nincs mögöttük önálló egyéniséggel, véleménnyel bíró  szerző, inkább csak valamilyen témában egymás alá pakolt rövid szövegek. Egy következő bejegyzésében  aztán Andrew Grant-Adamson  alaposabban is megvizsgálja a Times blogjait.  A Technorati mérései szerint Ruth Gledhill vallással foglalkozó blogja ( Rank: 15,049,  773 link  160 blogból) a legolvasottabb közülük.   Nem rossz

  16. Médiablog says

    32,  a Guardian 12, a Sun 10, Mail 5 blogot működtet! Ezek egy része persze nem valódi blog, nincs mögöttük önálló egyéniséggel, véleménnyel bíró  szerző, inkább csak valamilyen témában egymás alá pakolt rövid szövegek. Egy következő bejegyzésében  aztán Andrew Grant-Adamson  alaposabban is megvizsgálja a Times blogjait.  A Technorati mérései szerint Ruth Gledhill vallással foglalkozó blogja ( Rank: 15,049,  773 link  160 blogból) a legolvasottabb közülük.   Nem rossz

  17. Ruth Gledhill says

    to me faster than my traditional sources, feel free to send it. Anonymity guaranteed. Also, any other news or comments you think I should post here or investigate for the paperpaper can be emailed to me at ruth.gledhill@thetimes.co.uk. Finally, a plug for this blog, which seems to be doing quite well on Technorati, even though a bizarre glitch in the software means it doesn’t actually come up in any Technorati search. (Even on a Google blog search it only comes up as gobbledegook. Not that I spend my entire

  18. cybersoc.com says

    Analysis of the Technorati Ranks of The Times blogs

  19. Telegraph Blogs says

    Andrew Grant-Adamson recently began an analysis of newspaper blogs (which is still ongoing) and asked why they are there. Is their purpose to show that “the paper is up with the trends in journalism”? Are they “dumping grounds for copy that would never get into the paper”? [IMG Stewart Jackson]

  20. travel4you says

    ongoing) and asked why they are there. Is their purpose to show that “the paper is up with the trends in journalism”? Are they “dumping grounds for copy that would never get into the paper”? [IMG Stewart Jackson]

  21. Fleet Street 2.0 says

    As Andrew Grant-Adamson provides hard data to back up his view that some big media blogs “bring little benefit to their papers,” I’m trying to keep track of some good-practice examples showing how blogs can be useful for traditional news organisations.