MoPo 2007

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

Eikongraphia is proud to present the twenty-five Most Popular Architecture Blogs of this moment, in short: the MoPo 2007, not to confuse with PoMo, Jencks’ Post-Modernism.Eikongraphia congratulates Geoff Manaugh with this year’s Most Popular Architecture Blog.Other congratulations go to the team of Things Magazine, Alexander Trevi, John Hill, and the team of Plataforma Arquitectura with — in order of appearance — their second, third, fourth and fifth place.Runner up is Marcus Fair’s Dezeen at the sixth place, with a blog at the threshold of design and architecture. The expectation is that Dezeen will be convincingly the Most Popular Blog at the MoPo 2008 chart, considering its growth and the popularity of gadget and art blogs.

>>> Please read: MoPo 2007, Splitted <<<

1. BLDGBLOG
2. Things Magazine
3. Pruned
4. Archidose
5. Plataforma Arquitectura
6. Tropolism
7. Dezeen
8. Edgar Gonzalez
9. Jetson Green
10. Subtopia
11. Eikongraphia
12. Anarchitecture
13. Noticias Arquitectura
14. Mirage Studio 7
15. Brand Avenue
16. Architecture.mnp
17. Archispass
18. Archinect News
19. Architechnophilia
20. Bird to the North
21. Dezain
22. ecAr 2.0
23. PartIV
24. Blog Like You Give A Damn
25. Death by Architecture

MoPo 2007 measures the popularity of architecture blogs by linking blogs (Technorati), subscribers (Bloglines), and hits (Google, and Google Images). I admit that this method is pretty far from perfect, but nevertheless these four parameters are objective figures. It is one way of representing popularity.

A more accurate chart would include exact visitor-counts. At this moment though, most blogs don’t publish these numbers, so I have to improvise. Just to illustrate the distortion: Eikongraphia drew yesterday more visitors than Archidose. The surreality of MoPo is quite intense, so to speak.

I also might have overlooked a blog while editing the chart. If you think your blog should have been included, just comment or e-mail, and I will have a look at it.

Also note that the chart becomes a bit obscure after number 20. There are not that many architecture blogs out there, so the figures down there are quite low and unstable. To illustrate: BLDGBLOG is linked by 1,086 blogs, Progressive Reactionary only by 1. New blogs could easily enter at the bottom of the chart and silently leave without anybody noticing them. There are winners and losers.

The winner of MoPo 2007 is Geoff Manaugh’s BLDGBLOG. Go check it out, and figure out a way to beat his blog next year. 😉

 

Update 15 April 2007

As it turned out, the MoPo 2007, when released Wednesday last week, excluded two significant blogs on architecture — Plataforma Arquitectura, and Jetson Green.

Inserting them on a fifth and tenth place effectively makes Progressive Reactionary and Life by Design fall off the chart. Sorry guys. As noted by a lot of readers, does the chart favor older blogs. Even the internet has an inherent slowness to it — it takes time to get linked, to get subscribers, to be botted by Google. For a chart of blogs this (small) resistance to change has the advantage that one-day-flies have a low ‘imprint’ while longer-time bloggers earn respect. Blogging is about keeping it going. It’s endurance. 

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hey, thanks for including my blog in the list. 🙂 i didn’t know your blog exist until i saw the backlink, will add you to my archi-blog list. cheers 🙂

That’s off course the motivation for such a chart – to show what blogs write about architecture.

I think a lot of people don’t know these blogs, and that’s a pitty by some of these blogs, especially for those blogs that ended high in the chart.

Thanks for the shout out! We’ve been peeped by quite a few of your readers and are loving it.

And of course, you are getting props on our side as well.

Keep up the great work, and thanks again.

-Daniel, Life by Design, aka (incli)NATION

Just wanted to drop you a line saying thanks for the mention of architecture.mnp in your top 25! I’ve been reading Eikongraphia for a few months now [linked to you on that Ren project a while back, actually], and just added your link to the ‘our ninjas’ section of the page. Great stuff – keep up the good work, my ninja.

As for everyone else on the list – I read all of your sites too [seriously – knew about you all before], and they’re all great. I love that all of you are out there trying to share architecture via the internet. We should all exchange links, and take this bitch over!

Lastly, I’m going to do the shameless thing and plug the other .mnp sites. The myninjaplease [thats what the mnp stand for, for all you ninjas who didn’t know] network has a general purpose blog, a music site, and a green design/renewable energy site – all of which you should check out if you get a chance.

Peace, my ninjas – thanks again.

My thanks to Eikongraphia for inclusion in the most frequented
Architecture blogs. It is always great to be a part of a group of people so passionate about our profession who wish to spread the word to others.
Bradley Swarts, editor
ecAr2.0

I’ve never been able to shake out hard stats, mostly because I don’t know squat about stats. But for what it’s worth, but raw logs indicate about 45,000 page views on an average month (75,000 on the high months). Mint presents a far smaller sample (3,000-6,000 uniques a month). Technorati is currently showing me at 209,000 (highest I’ve ever been was around 55,000).

All that being said, I think I only managed 20-30 posts last year, about a quarter of the year prior. But traffic has gained steadily throughout the that time, so I don’t lose sleep over immediacy.

The numbers issue is an interesting one. I think everyone is afraid to show just how small they are, but really, we shouldn’t be ashamed. I’m still shocked when people tell me they read me (and even more rarely when they claim I have any noteriety at all). To think that I’ve posted more than a decent length book over the past four years, and have over a million page views cumulatively is a humbling fact when you think about the circulation of journals or sales expectations of places like PAP.

Granted, one of things I’ve learned is that by being text intenstive over wide range of subjects just means you get lots of misplaced searches over what you originally thought was just a clever turn of a phrase. I still get a couple hits a day for saying “at least we can look up her skirt” in response to the new security limits at the Statue of Liberty. I don’t think those visitors are looking for incisive architectural commentary.

To be able to compare the stats of blogs, one should indeed agree about what to count, and what not to count.

The 1.300.000 visitors of BLDGBLOG, for instance, comes from the most ‘tolerant’ counter, I would suggest, that includes people that view only 1 page and can therefore not really being tracked. Other counters would come up with a number like 200.000, but I believe – or want to believe – that the tolerant counter functions.

I just realized that the so called ‘architecture’ blogs noted here very rarely address architecture in the classical sense, like buildings, but mostly include subjects related to architecture at large.

For validating your method, I propose you to publish the numbers of your ranking… In a quick search, I found this from technorati:

Plataforma Arquitectura
* Rank: 24,951 (472 links from 156 blogs)

edgargonzalez.com
* Rank: 42,143 (533 links from 97 blogs)

mirage.studio.7
* Rank: 57,633 (109 links from 72 blogs)

Eikongraphia
* Rank: 66,455 (101 links from 63 blogs)

noticias arquitectura
* Rank: 97,096 (72 links from 45 blogs)

Maybe the method of your ranking needs a revision.

Haha. Well, It is more banal than that. Maybe because my Spanish is not that brilliant, but I just overlooked Plataforma. The method, as you say, makes your blog actually fifth, with good Google ratings, but less points with Technorati and Bloglines.

the algorithm is not just takes in account tecnorati, for intance as the google references take in, and the longevity of the blog may have sometihgn to do
eg.com is more than 3 years old

Thank you so much for including us. Stats are indeed a mysterious science, but we had no idea that we would end up on such a list. I guess I should point out that ‘things’ isn’t strictly an ‘architecture blog’, but the subject is certainly one of our main obsessions. Thanks again.

Wow! This is great. Thanks for making the list. As with every rankings game, it’s tough to nail down a fair methodology, but I think you’ve highlighted the great blogs out there. I plan to do a post about this on Jetson Green shortly. Congrats to all the other great blogs, I’m a reader of many of them.

Thank you for the list, and even though the method of ranking are debatable to many, for an average architect such as myself, much of the information on each & every blog is of interest.
Thanks again!

If you ‘stumble upon’ architecture websites you come across a huge amount of websites about tree houses, earth houses, portable houses, etcetera.

Although really popular they function more as a static website than as a blog, as they mostly don’t follow or comment on the news. Illustrative is that a website like http://www.eartharchitecture.org has no subscribers via Bloglines. None!

So I would not directly regard it is as an ‘architecture blog’ within my definition of it.

Thanks Michiel,

Could you tidy up my garbled XHTML a bit please?

I wouldn’t agree with you :-), but I respect your view. I know those sites you are referring to. Earth Architecture to my view has tons of information about new architectural initiatives with mud building apart from the fact that it points out that building with mud is older than the road to Rome.

It has a rss feed , but probably it is not using a “modern” blogging type of software as it is existing so long already. For instance if you compare the posts on its site and the posts shown on technorati there is a difference. Also I have noted in the past that various news readers.

BTW I have no connection with the guy in charge what soever.

Regards

Guido

oops too quick again: various newsreaders pick up various posts in a different way, maybe because of the same reason.

if you use alexa.com to compare website popularity, which is a far more accurate way of comparing actual statistics, your list is completely off. according to alexa archinect kills all the other sites in your list, and you’ve ranked archinect #18.

Archinect is not a blog, but a news-features-forums kind of hybrid. We could – with some stretching – define the news-part of the side as a collaborative open network blog.

Sure Archinect beats all. World Architecture News would also. But that is not the point of the chart. It\’s not a collection of news-sites

I will look into the mechanics of alexa.com, but it seems to confirm my idea about the ranking according to visitorstats of just one day. It would – wrongfully – put Dezeen in first place, but based on stats of one day. A single day. The MoPo includes time as an element, and therefore represents a more thorough analysis, in my view.

if archinect isn’t a blog why is it included in your list of top blogs? i don’t think their news section is a blog either. their school blogs are obviously blogs, but that seems to be the only blog-like element of archinect.

Thanks a bunch! There’s me marketing PartIV as the award winning (world’s worst) architectural blog and you go and stick it on a list like this! What am I going to tell the iconoclastic architectural blog readers of the world? They’ll never take it seriously again!
Warm regards,
Luke Warm
😉

The MoPo started out as a joke, which – clearly – got out of hands. It kind of blew up, which underscores the appetite for such a ranking.

The ‘blogroll’ system doesn’t say much about the quality of the blogs behind the name, so a more intelligent way of organizing the blogojungle seemed to me relevant.

The longlist for a joke is actually not that long with only sixty blogs.

I am however happy that the suggestions made here are all from blogs that deserve a place in the ranking.

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