MoPo 2007, Splitted

Valley, Panorama (Photographer: Iwan Baan) 
Valley, Panorama (Photographer: Iwan Baan) 

Let’s redraw the list of Most Popular Architecture Blogs of this moment, the MoPo 2007, this time with a more accurate selection of blogs.

The MoPo was actually meant as a satirical joke, as a comment to all selections, lists, awards, prizes, and medals out there. I thought the OMA-AMO reversing of PoMo (Jencks’ Post Modernism) made that clear. With 34 comments, and about the same amount of blogs republishing the list, we can clearly say I am not that good a comedian.

The list wasn’t that thoroughly thought through, so I considered adding something like ‘Please don’t kill me for this.’ With blogs everywhere congratulating themselves and each other, the list seemed to fulfill a need for a ranking, for an intelligent way to map the blogosphere. On the other hand there was a lot of fair criticism to the way the list was populated and about the selection of blogs.

The confusion that surrounded the MoPo was probably best illustrated by the fact that it appeared in a news-item on Archinect, but a couple of hours later had again disappeared.

To end all confusion I decided to redraw the MoPo, this time with a far better (read: more complete) selection.

Top 25 Individual Architecture Blogs          

2. City of Sound
3. Pruned
4. Tropolism
5. Archidose
6. Gravestmor
7. Jetson Green
8. Eikongraphia
9. A Barriga de um Arquitecto
10. Subtopia
11. Anarchitecture
12. Mirage Studio 7
13. Life Without Buildings
14. Missrepresentation
15. Brand Avenue
16. Architecture.mnp
17. Archispass
18. Architechnophilia
19. Part IV
20. Bird to the North
21. eCar 2.0
22. Archlog
23. Progressive Reactionary
24. Blog Like You Give A Damn
25. Arkitekturbloggen

Top 25 Collaborative Architecture Blogs             

1. Worldchanging
2. Inhabitat
3. Archinect
4. Things
5. Edgar Gonzalez
6. Dezeen
7. Plataforma Arquitectura
8. Dezain
9. Urbanity
10. Noticias Arquitectura
11. Death by Architecture
12. …

The mapping of popularity remains the same, with valuing the popularity of architecture blogs by linking blogs (Technorati), subscribers (Bloglines), and hits (Google, and Google Images). As a method it is still not perfect, but these parameters are objective, so it works at least partly.

A more precise rendering of the popularity of the blogs would be if it included visitor-numbers. As these figures are mostly not published it is at this moment to possible to include them.

Commenter ‘Martin’ suggested that the popularity of blogs could be better measured by ‘Alexa’. Alexa measures popularity by analyzing the behavior of their users, people who have an Alexa toolbar installed. The penetration of that toolbar seems however quite ‘asymmetrical’. According to Alexa most readers of Archidose come from Germany. That can’t be right.

The method now applied favors older blogs. I actually like that, as blogging is about endurance.

When doing the research for this improved version of the MoPo I discovered that there is quite a difference between blogs that are written by an individual, or blogs that are written by multiple people, by collaboration. Individual blogs tend to publish more personal posts. Collaborative blogs tend to publish far more frequent, but also more factual – they lean towards corporate news-sites.

Those two kinds of blogs are really two different breeds, so I decided to perform an act of splitting, and make a twin MoPo list that proves in my view to be far more informative.

I cannot stress enough that the MoPo 2007 does not claim to give the complete picture, nor does it claim to be fully accurate. Regard the MoPo as a work in progress. If you know or write a blog that you think should be included please don’t hesitate to comment here or send me an e-mail. 


Top 25 Individual Architecture Blogs

Eikongraphia congratulates Geoff Manaugh for convincingly leading the chart of individually written architecture blogs. His BLDGBLOG, written from Los Angelos, leaves the competition far behind with his Hollywood-like, romantic reporting on architecture in the broadest sense.

Other congratulations go to Dan Hill, Alexander Trevi, Chad Smith, and John Hill, with their second, third, fourth and fifth place.

Please note that the lower part of the chart is quite unstable as the figures are quite low.

A blog that falls off the chart, but I would nevertheless mention is the blog of Alexander Pincus, an architect at Asymptote.


Top 25 Collaborative Architecture Blogs

Eikongraphia congratulates the team of Worldchanging for leading the chart of collaboratively written architecture blogs. The scope of the blog is wider than just architecture, focusing on ‘tools, models and ideas for building a better future.’

More architectural is number two Inhabitat, focusing on sustainable – in the sense of environmentally friendlier – design. Inhabitat has actually almost twice the subscribers via Bloglines as Worldchanging, simply because of a better-designed feed. Although the articles on Inhabitat are quite short, and not always up to date, I really recommend the site for its clarity of presentation and beautiful selection of news.

Third comes the hard-core architecture site Archinect I am convinced you all know. As an open source network it has an incredible potential. With an unfriendly interface and difficult presentation – for instance news without many images – its popularity is surprisingly lower than the individually written BLDGBLOG.

Other congratulations go the team of Things Magazine on the fourth place.

The fifth position is somewhat difficult as Edgar Gonzalez, Dezeen, and Plataforma Arquitectura are in close competition for it. For now Edgar Gonzalez stands on fifth.

As said earlier, we expect great things from Dezeen, a blog on the threshold of design and architecture. Considering its continuous growth, the quality of the posts, and the popularity of gadget and art blogs, it well could lead the chart next year.

As I don’t know more collaboratively written blogs than these eleven, the list simply ends there. 

Please don’t take the MoPo that serious. It is meant as a tool for making the blogojungle more transparent. That’s it.

Quite some blogs copy-pasted the list to their blogroll. That is the point, to simply improve the visibility of the best architecture blogs written out there.

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