The Top 50 Classical Blogs, Using 4 Different Methods

April 5, 2008

In the blogosphere, rankings get made from time to time. Scott Spiegelberg seems to have been the instigator a few years back in so-called classical music blogs. I have reblogged a new set of rankings by Classical Convert. Visit CC to get all the links for the blogs below. I notice that very few of the rankers seem to use Feedburner to determine rankings which is the RSS feed I prefer. One thing for sure: Alex Ross gets the alpha-blogger award.

Some of you will probably have noticed that a couple of days ago ACD decided to release his own list of the 50 top classical music blogs (which incidentally should more properly be called the top 53, using his current dense-ranking method) based on the number of incoming links according to the god of the internet, Google. In the process he somewhat pissed off a few people, notably Scott over at Musical Perceptions who has been compiling his own rankings for the last couple of years (using the Technorati authority number) but whom ACD neglected to credit with prior art (there is a rather bitter exchange in the comments over at Musical Perceptions here). Also myself (though I’d say it’s irritated then pissed off) due to refusing to use the URL which everybody actually links to in their blogroll to determine the number of incoming links. However, it is his blog, his screening choices, his rankings list.

Well, it occurred to me that since I spend every day managing large chunks of data and automating stuff I could probably whip up a script which automatically calculates my own classical blog rankings, according to my own choices. So I did exactly that. There may be a couple of bugs still, if you find anything in error please let me know so I can patch it up. I was particularly interested in trying to perform this in the most scientific way possible, so I’ve used four distinct methods of ranking. There is the Google incoming links method (as ACD uses), the Technorati authority method (which Scott uses) but additionally I use Bloglines RSS feed subscribers (which Chris Foley did once) and a completely new method, which is the number of Google Reader subscribers.

Now, I’m considering this a bit of a beta-test since I probably missed a few blogs which should have been included (I tried to combine ACD’s list and the Musical Perceptions list, along with a bunch of others, the complete list I used is here, add yours if I’m missing it please!) and there might be a couple of mistakes. While the program I use obviously has a larger chance of having a bug then a human does (depending upon caffeine ingested), the huge advantage is that it only takes around five minutes to collect and analyze all the data for about 100 blogs. What I’d like is for people to suggest improvements, for example, should I combine the results together to produce a super-ranking? Should I combine the RSS feed data with the Technorati authority to give a “current readership” number? If people are interested I’ll polish it up and analyze it differently.

So without further ado, here are the “top” 50 blogs as of yesterday using four different ranking methods, the first number next to each blog is it’s rank, the number in parentheses is the total number of subscribers, number of incoming links, etc.

Google Reader Subscriptions
1 (946) The Rest is Noise
2 (168) Sequenza21
3 (162) Think Denk
4 (161) Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog
5 (140) Dial “”M”” for Musicology
6 (134) About Last Night
7 (127) Opera Chic
7 (127) Terminal Degree
9 (117) Musical Perceptions
10 (110) Ionarts
11 (105) Chicago Classical Music
12 (97) The Rambler
13 (93) Soho the Dog
14 (76) ANABlog
15 (72) Classical Music
16 (65) Aworks
17 (60) Sounds & Fury
18 (53) Deceptively Simple
19 (49) The Standing Room
20 (48) Slipped Disc
21 (47) The Concert
21 (47) CSO Bass Blog
23 (46) The Collaborative Piano Blog
24 (44) Parterre Box
25 (40) A View from the Podium
26 (37) Renewable Music
27 (34) Wolf Trap Opera
28 (33) The Iron Tongue of Midnight
28 (33) Musical Assumptions
28 (33) My Favorite Intermissions
31 (29) Sieglinde’s Diaries
31 (29) On a Pacific Aisle
33 (28) Mostly Opera
34 (27) Thirteen Ways
35 (26) Oboeinsight
35 (26) The Well-Tempered Blog
35 (26) An Unamplified Voice
38 (25) Mad Musings of Me
39 (24) Sandow
40 (23) PostClassic
41 (22) Daily Observations
41 (22) Classical Convert
41 (22) Felsenmusick
44 (20) On an Overgrown Path
44 (20) Prima La Musica poi le parole
44 (20) Roger Bourland
47 (17) Mmmusing
48 (16) Jason Heath’s Double Bass Blog
48 (16) The Omniscient Mussel
48 (16) Wellsung

Technorati Authority
1 (775) Sequenza21
2 (699) The Rest is Noise
3 (266) About Last Night
4 (160) Opera Chic
5 (133) Violinist Diaries
6 (129) PostClassic
7 (121) Ionarts
8 (109) Night after Night
9 (108) Think Denk
9 (108) Parterre Box
11 (107) Sandow
12 (97) Jason Heath’s Double Bass Blog
13 (90) Soho the Dog
14 (88) Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog
15 (87) Adaptistration
16 (85) Dial “”M”” for Musicology
17 (82) Deceptively Simple
18 (81) Musical Perceptions
19 (75) The Collaborative Piano Blog
20 (67) Sounds & Fury
21 (66) On an Overgrown Path
21 (66) The Rambler
23 (64) The Standing Room
24 (58) The Concert
24 (58) Oboeinsight
24 (58) Roger Bourland
27 (54) Mostly Opera
28 (51) The Iron Tongue of Midnight
29 (43) Renewable Music
30 (42) Sieglinde’s Diaries
31 (40) Aworks
31 (40) A View from the Podium
31 (40) Musical Assumptions
34 (38) CSO Bass Blog
35 (36) Chicago Classical Music
35 (36) Thirteen Ways
37 (35) Mad Musings of Me
37 (35) My Favorite Intermissions
39 (33) Wolf Trap Opera
40 (32) Daily Observations
41 (30) Terminal Degree
41 (30) ANABlog
41 (30) Classical In Seattle
44 (29) The Well-Tempered Blog
45 (27) Classical Music
45 (27) Classical Convert
47 (24) A Monk’s Musical Musings
48 (23) An Unamplified Voice
48 (23) On a Pacific Aisle
48 (23) Prima La Musica poi le parole
48 (23) The Omniscient Mussel

Google Incoming Links
1 (7670) About Last Night
2 (6910) The Rest is Noise
3 (3590) On an Overgrown Path
4 (3080) PostClassic
5 (2830) Ionarts
6 (2800) Sequenza21
7 (2790) Sounds & Fury
8 (2780) Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog
9 (2600) Sandow
9 (2600) Night after Night
11 (2220) An Unamplified Voice
12 (2210) Mad Musings of Me
13 (2100) Classical Music
14 (1940) Musical Perceptions
15 (1900) The Iron Tongue of Midnight
16 (1680) The Concert
17 (1660) The Standing Room
18 (1620) Soho the Dog
19 (1550) Opera Chic
20 (1480) Parterre Box
21 (1420) Vilaine fille
22 (1410) Think Denk
23 (1380) Aworks
23 (1380) On The Record
25 (1370) Oboeinsight
26 (1360) Deceptively Simple
27 (1260) ANABlog
28 (1200) The Rambler
29 (1180) Dial “”M”” for Musicology
30 (1110) Slipped Disc
31 (1100) The Well-Tempered Blog
32 (1090) Sieglinde’s Diaries
32 (1090) Violinist Diaries
34 (1080) Mostly Opera
34 (1080) Twang Twang Twang
36 (969) Terminal Degree
37 (966) Prima La Musica poi le parole
38 (956) Jason Heath’s Double Bass Blog
39 (800) Musical Assumptions
40 (763) Wellsung
41 (761) Thirteen Ways
42 (747) Roger Bourland
43 (739) Renewable Music
44 (697) A View from the Podium
45 (680) My Favorite Intermissions
46 (672) Felsenmusick
47 (633) Intermezzo
48 (625) Adaptistration
49 (554) Daily Observations
50 (532) Out West Arts
Bloglines Subscribers
1 (301) About Last Night
2 (299) The Rest is Noise
3 (97) PostClassic
4 (84) On an Overgrown Path
5 (81) Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog
6 (80) Ionarts
7 (78) Sandow
8 (73) Opera Chic
9 (70) Night after Night
10 (62) Terminal Degree
11 (54) Dial “”M”” for Musicology
12 (50) Sequenza21
12 (50) Musical Perceptions
12 (50) ANABlog
15 (49) Think Denk
16 (44) Sounds & Fury
17 (43) The Concert
18 (42) The Well-Tempered Blog
19 (41) Mad Musings of Me
19 (41) Aworks
21 (40) The Iron Tongue of Midnight
21 (40) The Standing Room
23 (36) The Rambler
23 (36) Classical In Seattle
23 (36) The Short Road to Nirvana
26 (32) An Unamplified Voice
27 (31) Deceptively Simple
27 (31) On a Pacific Aisle
29 (29) Sieglinde’s Diaries
30 (28) Parterre Box
30 (28) The Collaborative Piano Blog
32 (25) Soho the Dog
33 (24) Vilaine fille
33 (24) Wellsung
33 (24) CSO Bass Blog
36 (23) My Favorite Intermissions
37 (22) Slipped Disc
37 (22) Chicago Classical Music
39 (21) On The Record
39 (21) Prima La Musica poi le parole
41 (20) Twang Twang Twang
42 (19) Renewable Music
43 (18) Classical Music
44 (17) Thirteen Ways
44 (17) Felsenmusick
46 (14) Mysteries Abysmal
47 (13) Roger Bourland
48 (12) Mostly Opera
48 (12) Jason Heath’s Double Bass Blog
48 (12) A View from the Podium
48 (12) Classical Convert

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