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June 01, 2007

New Listing Announcement: Top 15 (or Maybe 20, We'll See) SF/F News/Group Blogs

Oh, all right. After getting more than one e-mail from proprietors of SF/F news and/or group blogs, complaining that it wasn't fair they've been excluded from the Top 50 SF/F Personal Blogs list, I've decided to whomp up another list, this one listing the top 15 or 20 (depending) SF/F News/Group blogs, which I will release at the same time as the previously mentioned personal blogs list.

To qualify for this listing, a blog must:

1. Cover news about science fiction primarily (i.e., not primarily a personal blog)


2. Be written by more than one person/couple


3. Has as a majority of its authors Literary SF/F pros (writers, editors, etc) and/or self-identified SF/F fans

If it's an SF/F news site, clearly it needs to be about SF/F; non-news group blogs, however, don't need to have their contents always be about SF/F.

If you run/are a member of one of these blogs, or even are just a fan, you can submit it (name, URL, Technorati ranking) for consideration (I can think of several off the top of my head, but I don't pretend to know them all). Drop your suggestions in the comment thread or e-mail me with the words "GROUP SF BLOG" in the header (even if it's a news blog) so I can keep it all organized.

As I've not ranked news/group blogs before, I have no minimum Technorati ranking for consideration, although I suspect that if your ranking is below 200,000 or so you won't stand much chance.

As with the personal blogs, please get these into me by 6/15/07, so I can bang out the list after that. Also, of course, feel free to spread the news and link back. The more data I have, the happier I'll be.

Any questions? Put 'em in the comment thread.

Posted by john at June 1, 2007 03:52 PM

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Shawn Powers | June 1, 2007 04:15 PM

OK, what if 3/5 of the contributing bloggers blog about SF/F 4 out of 7 days of the week, and their cumulative Technorati personal blog ratings carry a mean average of 48,000? And 4 out of the 5 are fiction fans, 3 are authors, 2 have edited works eligible for the SWFA membership, and 1 is photogenic?


John Scalzi | June 1, 2007 04:28 PM

Shawn, please combust spontaneously. Thank you.

Chang, for rizzle. | June 1, 2007 09:24 PM

How about if when I blog I thuink I'm writing in the voice of my cat, and the TV has BSG playing on repeat and to my right is all fo your books in the bookshelf? Hah? Do I get to be on the shiny listee???

No, Mother, I have not been at the booze.

Shawn Powers | June 1, 2007 11:26 PM

Only if your schizoid cylon cat blog has a decent Technorati rating. C'mon Chang, you know the rules...

John H | June 2, 2007 11:54 AM

Would the hatrack.com site of Orson Scott Card qualify (Technorati rank 9048 this morning)? I couldn't tell if it was left off because its blog is group-oriented or because it has so much focus on selling OSC stuff...

Ariel | June 6, 2007 04:09 PM

Could I humbly suggest www.uksfbooknews.net please? Edited by myself and legendary UK SF fan/journo Sandy Auden, we've been blogging since October 2006 in our present incarnation, and before that we were online for about four years at www.thealienonline.net.

We do genre book news - sf, fantasy, horror, graphic novels etc. - and we've just broken the top 50,000 on Technorati (if that condition has been carried across as well..?) - currently holding at 49,740...

[Speaking of the site, we'd love to send over a few questions for you for a new item about the UK publication of Old Man's War, if you'd be so kind as to drop me a line so we've got an email address to return questions to?]

Ta very much...

jp | June 7, 2007 02:14 PM

SF Signal




Riley Edge | June 15, 2007 01:47 PM

George Michael becomes the first singer to perform at the new Wembley Stadium, calling it an "amazing honour"...

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