Who Are the Aussie A-List Bloggers?

Who Are the Aussie A-List Bloggers?

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If you were to organise a meetup of the A-list bloggers in Australia, who would you invite? And they can't be journalists who blog. That's a constraint. 

I was posed this challenge last week. To be honest, I struggled to come up with a decent list.

I'll share the list once it's finalised, but I'll let you into a little secret - most of the folks are on my blogroll.

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  • That's an interesting question actually. What constitutes an A-List blogger? Me, I really only read tech-blogs, and do tech-blogs really qualify as even in the running to be considered A-List? Our reader market is quite small, after all.
  • Sorry to do this but can I answer your question with a question?

    Where is the meet-up?  Is it a Sydney only thing, or localised for each State?  Does the A-list of Aussies have to be Developers only?
  • Tough one...but I suspect <a href="http://benbarren.blogspot.com">Ben Barren</a> is the one to ask, Frank.

    Renai
  • One Australian blogger I find myself returning to time and again, because I'm compelled to read him, is Cameron Reilly.  

    http://reilly.typepad.com/cameronreilly/

    Sure there's plenty of business cross-promotion, but there's a sharp mind and genuineness brought to bear too.
  • of course a key decider of an a-list ranking should be blogshares.com! :-)
  • ill put my hand up as an A-list blogger :P
  • Uh Oh Frank. Now you've pissed them off.
    http://reilly.typepad.com/cameronreilly/2006/02/aussie_tech_jou.html
  • To look at who truly is A-List, have a look at those that consistantly poll well in the various Australian blog polls over the past 2 or so years.

    I think the Australian blogosphere is bigger than most people think. I remember there was a "most popular" blogs section on the old aussieblogs.net website. I think a lot of those that do end up on an "A-List" are those that blog about tech, or something about the web in general.

    Following any blog for awhile makes you a fan of that blog.

    If blogging is just another bloody popularity contest with no real content. Then as a communication tool, it has already failed. Who wants to read about someone pumping up their own tires?

    To me, a blog is a communication tool. From author, to readers and potential audiences.

    Different people write blogs for different reasons. A number of people on my MSN Messenger list use their MSN Spaces blog as a communication tool for their family members and friends to read.

    Isn't that what blogs have always been for? To communicate a message with others?

    Tech blogs are about communicating a message, sharing knowledge. Corporate blogs are also about communicating a message from passionate employees about their companies' products that they are excited about.

    Going to a blog such as the <a href="http://cablog.com.au">cablog</a> is always an interesting read. And I think the author won a blogging award a few years ago. He blogs about his experiences as a taxi driver in Sydney, as well as some general local Australian issues.

    Or if you want to dive into politics, you might even read <a href="http://www.andrewbartlett.com/blog/">Andrew Bartlett's blog</a>. He may not be part of the political party you vote for, but his blog is still an interesting read on current issues that are up in our Australian parliament.

    In the end, one persons' favourite blog may not be anothers' cup of tea. It's all about personal preference, and what interests you.

    So perhaps redefine this list as the top "Tech bloggers" in Australia, or you can even break that down further etc.

    I reckon it'd be better to just band together to create a better and more connected Aussie blogosphere, than a disjointed one.

    Some of the things done in the old AussieBlogs were really good I thought.

    Maybe the "A-List" could getogether and help rebuild it, or build a brand new successor to it. Maybe do an AussieDigg?

    Sure, there is the <a href="http://techtalkblogs.com">Tech Talk Blogs</a>, but what about doing something that is for all Australian blogs? Not just the tech ones? I'd honestly love to see that.

    C'mon Aussie blogosphere. Let's see what ya got aye! ;)
  • William, I think you'll find gnoos will fit the bill for an "Aussie Digg".
  • Mike Seyfang over at http://learndog.typepad.com/learndogpup/
    get's my vote.
  • Paul, I heard about gnoos. I thought it was just a blog search engine? (Like Technorati). I could be wrong, since I haven't really looked into gnoos much. And what I did read suggested it was just an Australian blog search engine.

    Digg is a bit different. Users submit stories, other users vote on it, the more (positive) votes a story has, the better chance it has of appearing on the main (front) page of digg.com.

    So what i'd like to see if, readers see posts they like made by Aussie bloggers (on a wide variety of topics) submit it, assign it a category etc. And then others vote on it. (Ok, this is an oversimplification of the process).

    Anyway, if gnoos has this sort of feature included with it, then good! Looking forward to it. If not, it'll still be a good way to browse around the Aussie blogosphere.
  • Thats tough one. Google for "Australia blog"

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  • http://www.collectiveapathy.com/Bernies
    http://www.collectiveapathy.com/search/node/best+australian+blog

    google is your friend
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