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Comments on: State of the military historioblogosphere, September 2007

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By: Airminded · State of the military historioblogosphere, March 2008

Sun, 30 Mar 2008 14:36:17 +0000

[...] a lot has changed since September, actually, and this plot shows why: the number of military history blogs has grown by only 13%, [...]

By: Investigations of a Dog » I’ll never stay to say happy anniversary

Tue, 16 Oct 2007 12:23:24 +0000

[...] and things haven’t changed too much since then. I’ve slipped from 3rd to 4th place in Brett Holman’s ranking of military history blogs, and since September my Technorati rank has gone down to 140,824 despite [...]

By: Brett Holman

Tue, 25 Sep 2007 14:54:11 +0000

Thanks Martin, and I'm very impressed with what I've seen of your blog and site so far! I have also been surprised at the lack of aviation history blogs, given that it's such a popular subject. I think the technical barrier is probably part of the explanation, though with and so on it's really very easy these days. It seems that more social forms of communication like forums and mailing lists are preferred by many who might otherwise contribute to the blogosphere. There may also be a generational aspect, with older enthusiasts less inclined to experiment with new technologies. But anyway, welcome to the blogosphere!

By: THE RUSSIAN FRONT » Military History on the Web

Tue, 25 Sep 2007 14:01:25 +0000

[...] Over at Airminded, his blog site devoted (mostly) to airpower and British society, Brett Holman has posted the results of his second study of the “state of the military history blogosphere.” [...]

By: Investigations of a Dog » New Military History Blog

Mon, 24 Sep 2007 18:16:34 +0000

[...] World War II. It should be worth following, although it means that Brett’s latest post on the state of the military historioblogosphere is already out of [...]

By: Martin W

Mon, 24 Sep 2007 14:04:57 +0000

Hi Brett. Interesting reading. I did quite a lot of research on the web for aviation blogs before starting my own blog and site at the Spitfire Site last summer. I was surprised to see how few aviation history blogs were (are) available online, yours being a pleasant surprise in terms of quality and choice of subject (others that I found worth noting being listed in my post here. I would seem that the niche of military history, and particularly aviation, has barely been exploited yet in the blogosphere. Part of the issue may be that many interesting sites have been made i pre-blog times by people which were less technically aware who preferred to produce their publications as journals or reference websites. Two examples of this may be (now sadly defunct) Chandelle or (likewise defunct) AFV Interiors. In other words, there's work to be done. I'm glad to have found your blog.

By: Brett Holman

Sun, 23 Sep 2007 07:13:16 +0000

You're right about the conservatism, I can think of a few blogs which I still think highly of, even though they now are much less active than when I started blogging. Perhaps the Technorati ranks should be smoothed so that they don't change so quickly over time. Or the number of "blog reactions", which captures more of how much a blog is discussed (as opposed to just sitting in somebody's blogroll). But I guess that would fluctuate too. The TTLB rankings could be used as an alternative. But although the actual rankings are quite different (BTOOTSA and CWM are miles apart, not neck and neck), the order is currently the same for the top 4 (Military History Podcast doesn't seem to be there). Of course I didn't check the whole sample so there could be more significant differences in there.

By: Gavin Robinson

Sat, 22 Sep 2007 16:04:51 +0000

I'm still not sure what to make of Technorati rankings. On one hand I think my ranking deserves to be lower than it was because the quality and frequency of my posts has gone down since March, but on the other, traffic seems to be the same as it always was - usually around 50 unique visits a day, which isn't really a lot. But my reputation seems to be doing well regardless of my posts or Technorati rank. In the last few weeks I've had 3 offers of review copies of books, something which had never happened before. Newer bloggers tend to look up to more established bloggers, which can lead to new blogs talking about how great IoaD is even if it isn't looking particularly great at the time they're writing. Although things move fast in the blogosphere it can also be quite conservative in some respects. Once you've acquired a reputation it can last a long time (possibly independent of Technorati rankings) even if you don't do anything to maintain it.