As a dedicated Blogger enthusiast, I'm very interested to learn more about the sites hosted on Google's free blogging platform.
So I decided to find out which popular sites are powered by Blogger to build upon the list curated in 2008 in order to find the most popular Blogspot sites (including those which use custom domains).
After gathering a huge amount of links to sites hosted on Blogger (whittled down to 350 for the final analysis) I set about scoring and ranking each site according to the following criteria:
- Inbound links
- Alexa Rank
- Facebook shares
- Twitter Mentions
- Google Reader feed subscribers
Alexa ranking was scored first as this value is unique to each website. In instances where sites had an equal value to another, scoring would secondly depend on this Alexa score in order to give each site a unique score.
Pagerank for each site was allocated as Pagerank*10, where 0 is the lowest score and 100 (PR10) was potentially the highest.
The total possible score for each website is therefore on a scale of 6-2200.
In order of total score, here are the most popular Blogger powered sites for 2012:
PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard. It began as an experiment on January 1st 2005, and has gained a worldwide following through the weekly updated website, book releases and exhibition tour.
Hyperbole and a Half is a combination of web-comic and blog, maintained by Allie Brosh. Through intentionally crude images drawn in Paintbrush, Ms. Brosh retells stories from her life and childhood, and was named as one of PC World's Funniest Sites on the Web.
|From Hyperbole and a Half|
The official blog of one of the world's most frequented sites (ranking 8 with Alexa). Yes, it's powered by Blogger =)
The personal site of Joanna Goddard, who has also blogged for Glamour Magazine and Conde Nast.
A community-gathered site about the modification and repurposing of Ikea products.
A fashion-photography blog featuring "the most stylish and creative older folks" from the streets of New York.
Daily commentary on global economics by Mike Sherlock with a huge reader following.
An awesome (mostly) photography blog maintained by Tavie Gevinson, the sixteen year old founder of Rookie, a website for teenage girls. Tavie takes photographs of herself using a self-timer, wearing wonderful outfits which she picks up from thrift stores.
Also known as Gina's Skinny Tastes, this website offers low-calorie recipes "from my family to yours" and has a great following among those watching their weight.
A photoblog by "a man out and about in london and beyond: eye candy for the style hungry".
Blogger's official blog, presenting news and updates for those using the platform.
Written by Richard Byrne, this site offers free resources and lesson plans for teaching with technology.
Nominated as one of The Times' 25 best financial blogs, Calculated Risk is a highly popular Economics blog, curated by Bill McBride.
"Systematically and mercilessly disassembling, flushing, greasing and repacking the cycling culture."
Mankiw is a Professor at Harvard University and presents his "random observation"s for students of economics on his blog.
How About Orange features craft project how-tos, decorating ideas, printable downloads, useful design resources, and lots of inspiration for people who like to create things.
|How about Orange?|
A site which started as a New Year resolution to use a slow cooker each day of 2008.
Architectural conjecture, urban speculation nd landscape futures
A Canadian design blog dedicated to supporting the beautiful, the decayed and the handmade.
Is it possible to make a living as a genre fiction writer? Yes it is.
"Misinterpreting bad punctuation since 2005".
Gluten-Free Goddess Karina serves up fresh, creative recipes with juicy photographs. And a side of life
Free vintage and Victorian clip-art - a great resource for crafters and designers
One of the favorite destinations on the web for all things weird and wonderful, updated daily. In-depth articles in many fascinating categories make DRB a highly visual online magazine.
|Dark Roasted Blend - a Thrilling Wonder Publication!|
Cute witty comic strips about a cat and it's owner, curated by Yasmine Surovec.
Everything you wanted to know about cupcakes from true cupcake fans, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Nichelle Stephens and Stacie Joy.
Tips on home and lifestyle organisation combined with style. Find also DIY and home improvement projects to help you maintain an organised system.
A truly mouthwatering site through which Kevin Lynch chronicles his adventures in discovering new food tastes.
The personal blog of 24 year old freelance photographer, actress, and street artist , Katie Sokoler.
|Color Me Katie is choc ful of colourful goodness!|
A food and lifestyle blog with beautiful photography by Molly Wizenberg.
Arguably the best collection of lowbrow art in the world, curated by John Struan.
A long runner among gay blogs, JMG features news, culture and politics in a candid and distinctive voice. Now in its ninth year!
Personal website of clothes designer, Keiko Lynn, featuring some beautiful fashion photography.
Curated by holistic nutritionist, Sarah Britton, My New Roots is an award-winning food blog which has become known "not only for its one-of-a-kind recipes, but also for its amazing nutritional information and mouth-watering photography".
The blog of Jen Amos of Made by Girl paper goods, featuring photography, art and inspiration.
Liberal politics, interviews, and Stephanie Miller appearances, all done rudely.
Budget Bytes is "a web log of good food cooked with very little cash", featuring nutritious low-cost recipes and even costs per serving!
A journal of news and opinion about US politics, both domestic and foreign, from a progressive point of view.
A popular productivity blog featuring posts to save time, money, "or simply keep you sane".
A British-based website which celebrates the art of printed surface patterns.
Amazing concept spaceship art from film, TV, videogame and personal sources. Stunning site, truly worth a look!
|Concept Ships - Epic Spaceship Art|
Personal stories told through hilarious comic strips by Adam Ellis.
Features beautiful images and fashion photography.
An unusual photoblog documenting the adventures of "milk teeth" ickle and Lardie.
Musings on art, architecture, design, fashion, photography, books, events, and everything else habitually chic!
Commentary and photography on the fashions worn by the Olsen sisters, by a self-confessed addict.
The official website of the group founded by the artist, Drake.
This blog is now maintained in memory of Avery Lynn Canahuati in order to raise awareness of the genetic disease, SMA. Her story is incredibly touching, and through this site Avery's family hope to raise funds for Dr. Kaspar's SMA Gene Therapy programme to help find a cure for her friends.
"A never ending celebration of monsters", this blog publishes unique imagery of fantasy worlds and strange creatures, designed by both the author and other interesting artists.
Le Love is a collection of reader-submitted posts dedicated to love: the good, the bad and the unknown. Featuring beautiful photography and touching prose, this site is curated by the author of Le Fashion and Olsens Anonymous.
A friendly visual match between two cities told by a lover of Paris wandering through NewYork featuring stylish infographics (also available as posters) and posts in both French and English.
Updated almost daily, John Hill posts inspiring architectural photography and musings from New York City.
Another beautiful fashion photography blog, maintained by Cat Khan.
"This is my maternity leave hobby. While my baby is taking her nap, I try to imagine her dream and capture it." Truly, this site is well worth a look for the beautiful pictures of sleeping babies which has inspired a bug and a great fan following!
The lifestyle blog of Kandee Johnson, featuring beauty, fashion, hair, DIY/crafts, and a whole lot of inspiration.
One of global Catholicism's most prominent chroniclers, Rocco Palmo has held court as the "Church Whisperer" since 2004, when Whispers in the Loggia was launched with an audience of three. Since then, the site has grown by nothing but word of mouth, and has been kept alive throughout solely by means of reader support.
Deliberate Exclusions from this list
General thoughts about the Blogspot Top 100
Did I miss any important sites?
What do you think?
Please feel free to leave your comments, opinions and suggestions for sites I could include in the next analysis in the comments section below.