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.

WebsiteAlexa Rankalexa ordergoogle linksgoogle ordertotal
1southsidesox.com8506035,58058
2cosmicvariance.com1900961011,100111
3www.edbrill.com11000864,860612
4popculturejunkies.com221066156,630318
5www.timboucher.com/journal191317113,440718
6almostgirl.coffeespoons.org241895172,240926
7www.briangardner.com10737251,1602126
8www.chronicbabe.com212440141,4801630
9www.livemusicblog.com282989231,9801235
10www.makelovenotdebt.com246685181,1901937
11www.houseinprogress.net263589201,2301838
12www.toomanychefs.com399404363,240844
13www.wiphey.com15625794443544
14www.whateverland.com205192124793345
15www.werty.net6733511984445
16www.johnsadowski.com11541873213946
17www.rachelleb.com284346248152650
18www.absenter.org276861217222950
19push.cx7734821474850
20www.zulkey.com379872331,1902053
21www.ihatemycubicle.com227370163243854
22www.gloriousnoise.com385668341,0802357
23annie.newdream.net206971131355063
24www.internetcases.com543810501,5601464
25ozwiz.bloghorn.com619062616,030465
26blog.marketingchick.com248876191694766
27underscorebleach.net/content/jotsheet926194366266
28loop.smorgasblog.com431718408072767
29www.themortgagereports.com424206397372867
30www.spudart.org307901292464170
31www.bighappyfunhouse.com598860571,4601774
32www.ohmythatsawesome.com490929446473074
33blog.jackvinson.com632553631,7601376
34aethlos.com/welt476336424553476
35www.methodsreporter.com1341228266876
36andymatic.com564108539532578
37www.givemetherock.com793188682,0301179
38archgfx.net/blog29393926925379
39www.poundy.com842207702,1301080
40educational.blogs.com677060651,5301580
41www.knowledgeproblem.com9908258010,100282
42www.macwork.com345252311325182
43www.donewaiting.com/chicago28188522506082
44www.hospitalimpact.org565759546003185
45blog.new-eastside.com31529330745686
46www.kiplog.com504552473124087
47johnzeratsky.com475500411824687
48www.keyboardbiologist.net/knitblog811599691,1502291
49daviddalka.com/createvalue39215935745792
50phaedo.cx553874522164294
51nocommercialpotential.net520819491904594
52seektruth.lifewithchrist.org41260238745896
53www.fasthack.com507453481414997
54www.upsaid.com/missuhgolightly30189128106997
55chi.myopenbar.com/blog.php2849022507398
56www.oscillatewildly.org6470906443336100
57www.jasonpettus.com495813458255100
58www.b12partners.net/mt902574771,02024101
59www.archgfx.net/blog29393927074101
60everythingisnt.com8632707248632104
61chaos.corrupt.net405986371070107
62www.soapblox.net/chicago/frontPage.do37334232075107
63beer.emptyfree.com8986607540637112
64blog.francey.org48119643076119
65blogs.stolenmixtape.com/mix9328647820643121
66www.DailyKnitter.com/blog/blogger.html624547626059121
67blog.michaelsloane.com617489605061121
68www.thelocaltourist.com/blog593038552766121
69sastools.com/b255254651771122
70www.thelocaltourist.com/blog.htm593038562767123
71www.dylanknightrogers.com49979046077123
72www.gorillasushi.com8669957311352125
73www.avoision.com/portnoy778070663663129
74www.emptyfree.com898660768554130
75www.johnfitzsimmons.com59999358078136
76www.tastypopsicle.com886766743564138
77chicagosweb.com/blog61078359079138
78www.avoision.com77807067772139
79www.aetherial.net937617793065144
80www.eroundlake.com/blog/85995771080151

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
15 years ago

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
15 years ago

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
15 years ago

No because I’m a huge loser

wiphey
15 years ago

Nice! Thanks for the link.

Archie FlorCruz
15 years ago

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

Harold
15 years ago

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

Ed Knittel
15 years ago

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 hard to look at this list as anything other than a bunch of outgoing links.

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