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Top 20 Chicago blogs by individual authors

The most popular Chicago blogs written by one person (according to alexa.com and google)

1. southsidesox.com

2. cosmicvariance.com

3. www.edbrill.com

4. popculturejunkies.com

5. www.timboucher.com/journal

6. almostgirl.coffeespoons.org

7. briangardner.com

8. chronicbabe.com

9. livemusicblog.com

10. makelovenotdebt.com

11. houseinprogress.net

12. toomanychefs.com

13. wiphey.com

14. whateverland.com

15. werty.net

16. johnsadowski.com

17. rachelleb.com

18. absenter.org

19. push.cx

20. zulkey.com

(spudart.org is #30)

Methodology:

1. I took all 2,124 Chicago blogs listed at chicagobloggers.com.

2. All the blogs hosted by blogspot, livejournal, xanga, etc; had to be deleted from the list, because alexa doesn’t give a ranking for each blog, but instead gives the same super high ranking for all blogspot blogs. That left about 1,007 chicago blogs.

3. I recorded the alexa ranking for these 1,007 blogs.

4. Only the blogs with an alexa ranking of 1,000,000 or better was kept on the list. That brought the list down to about 80 blogs.

5. I ordered the 80 blogs according to the best alexa rankings. These rankings can be a bit sketchy, because if the blog’s author has the Alexa toolbar installed, that would greatly increase that blog’s rankings. I needed another stat to balance this discrepancy.

6. So I looked up on Google the number external links point back to each blog. If a lot of other sites link back to the blog, it shows there should be good content on the site.

7. I ordered the 80 blogs according to the best google link ratings.

8. I totalled out these two orders to create one master ranking.

Did your blog make the top 80 chicago blogs? Click on the comments and read below the fold.

Website Alexa Rank alexa order google links google order total
1 southsidesox.com 85060 3 5,580 5 8
2 cosmicvariance.com 190096 10 11,100 1 11
3 www.edbrill.com 110008 6 4,860 6 12
4 popculturejunkies.com 221066 15 6,630 3 18
5 www.timboucher.com/journal 191317 11 3,440 7 18
6 almostgirl.coffeespoons.org 241895 17 2,240 9 26
7 www.briangardner.com 107372 5 1,160 21 26
8 www.chronicbabe.com 212440 14 1,480 16 30
9 www.livemusicblog.com 282989 23 1,980 12 35
10 www.makelovenotdebt.com 246685 18 1,190 19 37
11 www.houseinprogress.net 263589 20 1,230 18 38
12 www.toomanychefs.com 399404 36 3,240 8 44
13 www.wiphey.com 156257 9 444 35 44
14 www.whateverland.com 205192 12 479 33 45
15 www.werty.net 67335 1 198 44 45
16 www.johnsadowski.com 115418 7 321 39 46
17 www.rachelleb.com 284346 24 815 26 50
18 www.absenter.org 276861 21 722 29 50
19 push.cx 77348 2 147 48 50
20 www.zulkey.com 379872 33 1,190 20 53
21 www.ihatemycubicle.com 227370 16 324 38 54
22 www.gloriousnoise.com 385668 34 1,080 23 57
23 annie.newdream.net 206971 13 135 50 63
24 www.internetcases.com 543810 50 1,560 14 64
25 ozwiz.bloghorn.com 619062 61 6,030 4 65
26 blog.marketingchick.com 248876 19 169 47 66
27 underscorebleach.net/content/jotsheet 92619 4 36 62 66
28 loop.smorgasblog.com 431718 40 807 27 67
29 www.themortgagereports.com 424206 39 737 28 67
30 www.spudart.org 307901 29 246 41 70
31 www.bighappyfunhouse.com 598860 57 1,460 17 74
32 www.ohmythatsawesome.com 490929 44 647 30 74
33 blog.jackvinson.com 632553 63 1,760 13 76
34 aethlos.com/welt 476336 42 455 34 76
35 www.methodsreporter.com 134122 8 26 68 76
36 andymatic.com 564108 53 953 25 78
37 www.givemetherock.com 793188 68 2,030 11 79
38 archgfx.net/blog 293939 26 92 53 79
39 www.poundy.com 842207 70 2,130 10 80
40 educational.blogs.com 677060 65 1,530 15 80
41 www.knowledgeproblem.com 990825 80 10,100 2 82
42 www.macwork.com 345252 31 132 51 82
43 www.donewaiting.com/chicago 281885 22 50 60 82
44 www.hospitalimpact.org 565759 54 600 31 85
45 blog.new-eastside.com 315293 30 74 56 86
46 www.kiplog.com 504552 47 312 40 87
47 johnzeratsky.com 475500 41 182 46 87
48 www.keyboardbiologist.net/knitblog 811599 69 1,150 22 91
49 daviddalka.com/createvalue 392159 35 74 57 92
50 phaedo.cx 553874 52 216 42 94
51 nocommercialpotential.net 520819 49 190 45 94
52 seektruth.lifewithchrist.org 412602 38 74 58 96
53 www.fasthack.com 507453 48 141 49 97
54 www.upsaid.com/missuhgolightly 301891 28 10 69 97
55 chi.myopenbar.com/blog.php 284902 25 0 73 98
56 www.oscillatewildly.org 647090 64 433 36 100
57 www.jasonpettus.com 495813 45 82 55 100
58 www.b12partners.net/mt 902574 77 1,020 24 101
59 www.archgfx.net/blog 293939 27 0 74 101
60 everythingisnt.com 863270 72 486 32 104
61 chaos.corrupt.net 405986 37 10 70 107
62 www.soapblox.net/chicago/frontPage.do 373342 32 0 75 107
63 beer.emptyfree.com 898660 75 406 37 112
64 blog.francey.org 481196 43 0 76 119
65 blogs.stolenmixtape.com/mix 932864 78 206 43 121
66 www.DailyKnitter.com/blog/blogger.html 624547 62 60 59 121
67 blog.michaelsloane.com 617489 60 50 61 121
68 www.thelocaltourist.com/blog 593038 55 27 66 121
69 sastools.com/b2 552546 51 7 71 122
70 www.thelocaltourist.com/blog.htm 593038 56 27 67 123
71 www.dylanknightrogers.com 499790 46 0 77 123
72 www.gorillasushi.com 866995 73 113 52 125
73 www.avoision.com/portnoy 778070 66 36 63 129
74 www.emptyfree.com 898660 76 85 54 130
75 www.johnfitzsimmons.com 599993 58 0 78 136
76 www.tastypopsicle.com 886766 74 35 64 138
77 chicagosweb.com/blog 610783 59 0 79 138
78 www.avoision.com 778070 67 7 72 139
79 www.aetherial.net 937617 79 30 65 144
80 www.eroundlake.com/blog/ 859957 71 0 80 151

You can check your blog’s alexa rating by going to alexa.com. To get your google link quantity, go to google.com and do a search for something for: link:yourdomain.com. Replace the “yourdomain.com” part with your blog URL.

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unlikelymoose
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that is a massive chart! very nice. i submitted my blog to chicagobloggers over a week ago. It still hasn’t appeared on their site. I’m very disappointed.

Julie
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Boy, I wonder if I should try to get the Chicagobloggers thing to take me down, I haven’t lived there in a year! When I submitted back in the day I never even saw it appear on their site. I guess it took them a while

Tom Saaristo
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No because I’m a huge loser

wiphey
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Nice! Thanks for the link.

Archie FlorCruz
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Woah I am #14… I am e-famous! I guess I better thank all my visitors for checkin in from time to time 🙂

Harold
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I’m sorry to report that Sean Carroll of Cosmic Variance is no longer in the metropolitan area.

Ed Knittel
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Hmmm I went through the Top 20 sites that you listed and the following sites are group blogs (besides perhaps not being in Chicago as well) 2. Cosmic Variance 4. Popculture Junkies 9. Livemusic Blog 11. House In Progress (written by 2 people) 12. Too Many Chefs So while I think the idea of this post was a good one, and it’s pleasant to see my site listed (#76 – but obviously higher now), it’s… Read more »