Trolling for links: The top tech bloggers

by Mathew on April 20, 2008 · 20 comments

As we all know, the number one rule of the blogosphere is that you must write about the blogosphere (it’s like the opposite of the Fight Club), and in the absence of a “bitchmeme” for this weekend — although Twitter’s intermittent issues come close — we have some link-trolling extraordinaire from Henry over at Techcrunch, who has parsed Techmeme’s links for the past four months or so and come up with a list of the top tech bloggers (according to Techmeme, that is).

I was pretty chuffed to find my name in the number 9 slot, up there in the top 10 with stalwarts such as Larry Dignan, and of course Mike Arrington and Erick Schonfeld from TechCrunch. Although it seems that my place at number 8 could be in jeopardy — that relentless new guy, ParisLemon (aka MG Siegler), is apparently going to get moved into my position once Henry combines MG’s posts at ParisLemon with his posts at VentureBeat. (Update: Henry says he’s not combining multiple authors, so I am safe in the top 10 apparently). As they say at the Oscars, it’s an honour just to be nominated along with such talented, etc.

One of the amazing things about this list (apart from my presence on it, of course) is the size of the disparity between Mike Arrington and the rest of the list. In less than four months, he has written 207 Techmeme-headline blog posts (that presumably doesn’t count his posts over at Crunchnotes). That’s an average of almost two posts every single day. I’ve averaged a measly one post every two days — and if I could have cranked out one more I would have beaten that bugger Thomas Ricker at Engadget. Is that why I’m writing this? Of course not. Just saying :-)

  • http://www.parislemon.com MG Siegler

    It looks like you've been saved Mathew. Henry isn't combining the multis because of whatever he is doing for CrunchBase with the list. I will stay at #34 and #38 and leave the pressure of being a top 10 to you :)

  • http://www.mathewingram.com/work mathewi

    Yes, I have already sent Henry a big envelope of cash to the usual
    TechCrunch address. But we both know that you are the *real* number
    8, MG :-)

  • http://sethf.com/ Seth Finkelstein

    Ah, the wonders of the bogosphere, where anyone, I mean the BigHeads, gets heard, and it's so democratic, I mean oligarchical …

  • http://bryghtpath.com mattcraven

    And exactly how, Seth, do you think they got to be big heads?

    Which reminds me that I really need to finish my post on that very topic.
    Matt

  • http://www.mathewingram.com/work mathewi

    Shhh, Matt — it's all part of the big conspiracy. Seth isn't
    supposed to know about it :-)

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  • http://sethf.com/ Seth Finkelstein

    And another strawman falls to the that venerable blogger weapon, the Big Sneer …

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  • http://bryghtpath.com mattcraven

    Remind me to contact you with the latest secret instructions via the secret
    a-lister channel.

    Matt

  • http://www.winextra.com StevenHodson

    Jeezz .. yesterday I find out I get more unique page views than Duncan does on his personal blog and now I'm in the Top 100 – according to Techmeme with friendly reparsing by TechCrunch.

    Dang you'd think I was actually getting somewhere with this blogging thang :)

  • http://www.howardlindzon.com howardlindzon

    stud. YOu are number one canadian though…no?

  • http://www.mathewingram.com/work mathewi

    Unless there are some hidden Canadians in there, yes — although Mike
    did live in Ottawa for awhile :-)

  • inger omenu

    yawn.

    more derivative garbage, riffing on what someone else posts on another site. such is life in the echo chamber. lol

  • http://www.howardlindzon.com howardlindzon

    thk goodness we kicked him out

  • http://www.winextra.com StevenHodson

    Jeezz .. yesterday I find out I get more unique page views than Duncan does on his personal blog and now I'm in the Top 100 – according to Techmeme with friendly reparsing by TechCrunch.

    Dang you'd think I was actually getting somewhere with this blogging thang :)

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  • http://www.howardlindzon.com howardlindzon

    stud. YOu are number one canadian though…no?

  • http://www.mathewingram.com/work mathewi

    Unless there are some hidden Canadians in there, yes — although Mike
    did live in Ottawa for awhile :-)

  • inger omenu

    yawn.

    more derivative garbage, riffing on what someone else posts on another site. such is life in the echo chamber. lol

  • http://www.howardlindzon.com howardlindzon

    thk goodness we kicked him out

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