Sunday, February 01, 2009

SNOB-MUSAC Google Edition

As promised, here is the listing of classical blogs by Google backlinks. Read the previous post for information on abbreviations. Again, thanks to Ben Smith of Classical Convert for help in tabulating this.

1 The Rest is Noise: 8350 [+620] Alex Ross (Crit)
2 Night after Night: 3100 [+700] Steve Smith (Crit)
3 Sequenza21: 2890 [+20] Jerry Bowles (C)
4 PostClassic: 2880 [-190] Kyle Gann (C)
5 Sounds and Fury: 2730 [-10] AC Douglas (L)
6 Jessica Duchen: 2550 [-270] (Crit)
7 Sandow: 2330 [-840] Greg Sandow (consultant)
7 On an Overgrown Path: 2330 [-1350] Bob Shingleton (producer)
9 La Cieca: 2140 [+50] James Jorden (O)
10 Soho the Dog: 2130 [-190] Matthew Guerreri (C)
11 Think Denk: 1900 [-260] Jeremy Denk (piano)
12 Ionarts: 1820 [-1630] Charles T. Downey (A)
13 The Standing Room: 1730 [-490] Monsieur C (voice)
13 Aworks: 1730 [+30] Robert Gable (L)
15 Oboeinsight: 1670 [-110] Patty Mitchell (oboe)
15 The Iron Tongue of Midnight: 1670 [-920] Lisa Hirsch (Crit)
17 Darcy Argue's Secret Society: 1650 [+890] Darcy James Argue (piano and C)
18 Deceptively Simple: 1550 [-80] Marc Geelhoed (Crit/administration)
19 The Concert: 1500 [-620] Anne-Carolyn Bird (voice)
20 Musical Perceptions: 1470 [-850] Me (A)
21 An Unamplified Voice: 1460 [-1910] JSU (O) [the big mover of the list!]
22 Listen: 1420 [-110] Steve Hicken (C and Crit)
23 The Rambler: 1340 [-330] Tim Rutherford-Johnson (A)
24 Prima La Musica, poi le parole: 1320 [+190] Sarah Noble (O)
25 Collaborative Piano: 1290 [+418] Chris Foley (piano)
26 Fredosphere: 1260 [+1030] Fred Himebaugh (C)
27 On a Pacific Aisle: 1240 [+626] Josh Kosman (Crit)
28 Vilaine fille: 1160 [-570] (Crit)
29 Slipped Disc: 1150 [-1060] Norman Lebrecht (consultant)
30 Daily Observations: 1140 [+305] Charles Noble (viola)
31 Musical Assumptions: 1120 [-30] Elaine Fine (C and viola)
32 Renewable Music: 1100 [+20] Daniel Wolf (C)
33 A View from the Podium: 1090 [+80] Kenneth Woods (conductor)
34 Roger Bourland: 1070 [+161] Roger Bourland (C)
35 Yankeediva: 1010 [+169] Joyce DiDonato (voice)
36 Nico Muhly: 975 [+284] (C)
37 Felsenmusick: 925 [-7] Daniel Felsenfield (C)
38 Mind the Gap: 923 [new to list] Molly Sheridan (Crit)
39 The Well-Tempered Blog: 921 [-219] Bart Collins (piano)
40 Notes From the Kelp: 908 [+79] Alex Shapiro (C)
41 My Favorite Intermissions: 897 [-32] Maury D'annato (O)
42 Thirteen Ways: 876 [-16] eighth blackbird (ensemble)
43 Adaptistration: 859 [+100] Drew McManus (arts administration)
44 Sieglinde’s Diaries: 851 [-569] Leon Dominguez (O)
45 ANABlog: 796 [-614] Analog Arts Ensemble
46 Sounds Like Now: 792 [+252] Brian Sacawa (saxophone)
47 Wellsung: 790 [-280] Alex and Jonathan (O)
48 Monotonous Forest: 760 [+151] Bruce Hodges (AD)
49 Trrill: 753 [-687] Nick Scholl (O)
50 Intermezzo : 743 [+196] (O)

Google backlinks will count links from non-blogs, and don't expire after 6 months, so older blogs have an advantage. There was a lot of movement on this list, including the complete dropping of Opera Chic from 2nd to 56th! The average change in number of backlinks among the top 50 was -139, the average among all 252 blogs was -38. I had another thought while polishing this list on why there are fewer links to classical music blogs. I know of many bloggers who have become active on Facebook or have created their own online social forums (NetNewMusic.net for one). Perhaps these opportunities to interact have reduced links as means of talking between blogs. I should also acknowledge that AC Douglas has found Google links to be fluctuating wildly right now, so any drops could be affected by that.

One blog that I had linked to in the Best of the Rest is now in the top 50, Monotonous Forest. I don't know if I helped beyond the one or two backlinks I personally contributed, but it is good to see some new blood.

2 comments:

Chip Michael said...

Interesting list. I can't say as that I go to all of these with any regularity, but I am happy that I aware of all of them. I am surprised to find OperaChic not on the top 50...

and would be curious if my own blog http://interchangingidioms.blogspot.com/ even showed up in the top 100...

Thanks for the list.

Nancy said...

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