I thought I would try a little exercise today.
There is a list of the top 100 Irish blogs at Justin Mason’s site. Now this list is old, but unfortunately I don’t know just how old. However I reckon it dates back to some time in 2008. For my little exercise, I thought I would test those sites to see just how many are still active.
The vast majority are indeed still there . Some however came up completely blank or are restricted access. I decided to test the sites I could access and see how recently they had been updated.
How do you define a redundant blog? I decided that if it hadn’t been updated in the last 60 days then it was probably dead. The result is a little disappointing.
Of the 100 blogs, over half [53%] haven’t been updated. If I use a tighter figure of fourteen days, then 60% are gone.
Now the list claims to give the top 100 sites by Technorati Rank so it is not a comprehensive list of all blogs. However one would assume that to gain a listing, the blog would have to be fairly popular, and the author would have to be reasonably dedicated, to the 60% death rate is a little surprising.
Maybe they are right.
Maybe Irish blogging is terminally ill?!