Let’s Get Garden Blogs on Technorati’s Radar
I had planned to post a “favorite garden books” book review today, but a particularly taxing week at work didn’t leave me enough time to finish re-reading the book. So I’ll post my book review next week and use this post as an opportunity to climb up on my soapbox.
Today, I received an email from Technorati asking me to complete their 2011 “state of the blogosphere” survey. For those who are unfamiliar with it, Technorati is a general blog directory (over 1 million listings!) that also rates blogs on how “authoritative” they are. Since 2004, Technorati has been collecting data on blogs and publishing an annual “state of the blogosphere” report. These reports are influential, and the data and trends highlighted in them are widely reported. I first learned about Technorati when I started doing research on blogging and virtual communities and found many scholarly articles citing Technorati data.
Several months ago, I decided to apply for listing on Technorati, but the experience was a frustrating one because Technorati seems oblivious to the phenomenon of garden blogging. The first problem was figuring out what categories to list my blog in (I finally chose “Green” and “Living – Home”) because none of them seemed to be a good fit. Being listed at Technorati has not brought new traffic to my blog. This isn’t really surprising; since very few garden bloggers have listed their blogs on Technorati, readers don’t go there to find garden blogs.
Because of Technorati’s influence in the blogosphere, I think it would be a good thing for garden bloggers to get garden blogging onto their radar. To that end, I want to encourage all garden bloggers to complete the 2011 “state of the blogosphere” survey at this link http://www.psasurveys.com/detect.aspx?I.Project=a18214.
The survey should take about 15-20 minutes. It may be a bit frustrating because some questions are redundant and because others make assumptions that don’t apply well to garden blogs – but please persevere to the end. When you are asked to categorize your blog, consider checking “other” and typing in “gardens and gardening.” My hope is that if enough of us do this, we can get them to recognize garden blogs as a distinct blogging type and community.
Please share this link (http://www.psasurveys.com/detect.aspx?I.Project=a18214) with as many garden bloggers as you can and ask them to participate. We can get garden blogs on Technorati’s radar!