I confess, this is plain silly. But I was rather amused to find my blog come up second in a Google search on best blog on net. Found via referrers in my blog stats.
Media monitoring company Observer has compiled a list of the ten most influential blogs in Sweden, and I am at #5. Erik Stattin is the doyen of the Swedish blogosphere and he is rightfully at the top of the list, which is all male in fact.
The list has two group blogs (#3 and #7) and is heavily skewed to the right of the political scale. One would almost consider it a Timbro jackpot, considering the connections between liberal think tank Timbro and #2, #3, #6 and #9, which I have mentioned previously on this blog. Furthermore it is interesting to note that there are at least four blogs on the list that started only this year, namely my own, JKL’s, Stockholm Spectator and PJ Just Nu.
I wrote last Friday about how podcasting is spreading round the internet at warp speed. I did a follow up today, and the number of hits on Google has doubled in five days, from 66,000 hits on Friday, October 15 to 118,000 today on Wednesday, October 20. And it’s not just talk (!), some are actually trying it out. Swedish blog pioneer Steffanie Müller has started audioblogging on her blog “logblogwhatever“.
Footnote: Googling “podcasting” got 15-20 hits a month ago. On October 8 it gave you 13,000 hits. On October 15 you got 66,000 hits.
(This is “google journalism” at its finest…)
Dan Gillmor of San Jose Mercury News compares emails from PR people to spam. He now asks to get press releases via RSS feeds instead of email to get rid of untargeted pitches:
“I think the press release page of a company’s site should have its own RSS feed. PR people will have a better shot at having journalists like me read their headlines if they do this.”
“The beauty of RSS is that nobody can force an RSS feed down your throat,” says Gillmor. “If there is somebody putting garbage into your feed — you can just delete it. RSS is totally opt-in — you have to want it to get it,” he explains. “I use it to keep track of many blogs and new sites, and a few smart companies such as Cisco and Microsoft are increasingly employing RSS to make PR materials available.”
Micro Persuasion has the details.
As I have mentioned before, there are only a few companies in Sweden that have started using RSS feeds for press releases. IBM and Karolinska Institutet are among the pioneers.
Nordic media wrote most articles about blogs in January (76) and March (78), about twice the amount of the other months. June had the lowest number of articles so far this year (31).
Disclaimer: search is for articles in the respective language which means that articles in Swedish published by Finnish papers (like Hufvudstadsbladet) is counted in the stats for Sweden.