I’ve been looking at the Amatomu Top 100 blogs in SA list a few times over the last week. It’s a bit like day-trading.. watching your blog stock move. I’m in the top 40 today.
“SA blogosphere, sorted.”
I was wondering how “sorted” things are behind the scenes.
Looking at the top 40 (a snapshot obviously).. a few comments:
- True Blogs
At first glance a few “blogs” did not strike me as blogs, but they have syndication feeds and they have comments. They seem to lack the personal angle. When is a news site with teams of sub-editors no longer a blog? The top 10 contains at least 3 sites which I don’t think are blogs. Is there some filter process for what is a blog and what is an SA blog.. or is it just “law of the jungle”?
- Local Traffic Patterns
I would like to know how much of the traffic/requests to these sites originate from within SA. I’m sure Amatomu can easily work this out.
- Locally Hosted Content
You would think that Web 2.0 and Consumer Generated Media would grow the content on the local (SA) Internet.. but, it seems out of the top 40 only 10 of the sites are hosted in South Africa.
You don’t need a PhD in economics to work out that this is a sad thing. South Africans are building their “local” content at the cost of moving Rands into Dollars to pay for traffic. Triple negatives.. traffic to create the content overseas, traffic to host the content overseas and traffic to consume the content. Walking over the toll bridge three times.
What’s even more depressing is that the faster this “local” content grows the faster SA is drowning in the triple billing cycle.
I use the Sage feed reader plugin for Firefox to read my feeds. I’ve had to start sorting my feeds from quick response to slow response. Granted, the Sage reader is synchronous so it attempts to get one xml file after the other, but.. I often find it can take about a minute to do an update run on my feeds. Add ~300ms latency to every packet moving around to do the most trivial work of just fetching an xml file and you get this lame outcome.
- The A-list
There has been talk of A-List bloggers in SA. I was interested to see how the popularity of blogs compare. What is the cut-off point for A-List in the top 100? The A-list does not really jump out at me.
Good work MG people. Nice site, useful resource.