Sew,Mama,Sew! on the Move

Warning: This post might cause strong reactions. Please do not operate heavy machinery while reading.

Sew, Mama, Sew! debuts this week in the Bloglines Top 1000, climbing 790 spots from last week to claim the title of Biggest Mover. It leapt over top feeds like USATODAY.com Travel – Top Stories and the Drudge Report. Other feeds on the move include Marc Andreessen’s blog.pmarca.com, Design*Sponge, and MIT’s Technology Review Feed. Coming in at 1000 and debuting for the first time is 1000 Confessions of a Pioneer Woman. It’s a great example of a independent voice that has attracted a strong community. Pioneer Woman has great stories and sweet photos (we love the cinnamon rolls.)

Why the Bloglines Top 1000?

People ask us all the time about what Blogliners read. We’ve had the Bloglines Top 200 for the last couple of years, but wanted to highlight even more independent voices. We felt this was important because many have been lamenting the demise of blogging. As you can see, there are a number of great blogs and even more on the way.Blogliners subscribe to tech feeds like Slashdot, Gizmodo and Boing-Boing, however, Blogliners also subscribe to non-tech feeds like Comics, Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day, Yarn Harlot, New Urban Legends and Cute Overload (a staff favorite). The Bloglines Top 1000 covers a wide spectrum of sites. Be sure to spend some time perusing the list; it’s a great way to see what your fellow Blogliners are reading.

How do you calculate the Bloglines Top 1000?

We don’t want to go into too much detail, but at the core, we’re tracking the number of “active” subscribers who interact with a feed during a specific time period. We’re assuming some individuals will attempt to game the system, so we’re going to keep the actual method somewhat quiet for now. Be sure to not though, we are tracking individual feed URLs, so some sites may have multiple listings.

Do feeds in the default packages rise to the top?

Default feeds or “Quick Picks” receive additional promotion which do cause them rise to the top. Many of the our current packs are a bit old and we’re in the process of updating the packs as part of our redesign, based on feedback from Blogliners.

Does the Bloglines Top 1000 illustrate any larger trends?

Yes, we think so. Feeds are being generated by a wide-variety of sites and are being consumed by an ever broader set of people; they’re not just for blogs or just for the technically inclined.

Does this herald the end of blogging?

Contrary to what some may say, no. People crave social connection; blogging will continue.

Is Bloglines attacking Technorati’s final stronghold?

Not at all. Bloglines has had a listing of top feeds for several years, though it used to only be the top 200. We’re updating the rankings and our methodology as part of our redesign.

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