June 2, 2008

Top Ten Black Blogs (Jun 2008)


We continue to appreciate the support that many provide to our Black Blog Rankings (BBR). The San Francisco Chronicle wrote an article last month that noted the BBR has grown from 75 blogs (Sept 2007) to over 1200 blogs (Jun 2008). Also, Prometheus 6 (BBR #92) and Open Entrance (BBR #108) agreed to work with us to automate the data-gathering process with Technorati and other measurement sources.

Today, we are proud to share with you Villager's Black Blog Rankings (BBR) for June 2008 with 1,239 blogs in the mix! We are missing many Black blogs. Please let us know if you see any of your favorites that are not on the list!

I continue to seek somebody that can create a sidebar button that can be used by anyone that wants to help promote the BBR. Please contact me if you have an idea for the graphic that we can use for this sidebar button. Take a moment to see where your blog falls on the list ... then tell your blog readers ... and share some link-love with this post!

Anyhow, with no further ado, here are the Top Ten Black Blogs for June 2008:

  1. The Bossip: Bossip.com (Authority: 1,099 / Rank: 3,946) - [Entertainment] Bossip.com is BBR #1 for the fourth month in a row. Entertainment (or gossip) blogs appear to have a large claim on the hearts and minds of Black people. This is topic of online discussion here and here. I'm still waiting for the Bossip.com folks to send us a little 'link-love' for our villagers... maybe this will be the month!
  2. Pam Spaulding: Pam's House Blend (Authority: 1,091 / Rank: 3,986) - [Politics] Truth to tell, I believe that Pam is going to move into the #1 slot over the next few weeks as a result of being credentialed to blog on the floor of the Democratic National Convention. The eyes of the world will be on this year's convention ... especially when Barack Obama gives his acceptance speech on the anniversary of the MLK 'I Have a Dream' speech. Pam and the other Black bloggers at the DNC make us all proud. We appreciate the 'link-love' that Pam provided to our blog!

  3. Angel Laws: Concrete Loop (Authority: 997 / Rank: 2,716) - [Entertainment] Angel Laws, a 23-year-old college student in Jacksonville, NC, started this blog as a hobby. Sis. Laws is very well-known in the blog industry as a result of her ability to post about Black celebrity's in a timely and quality manner. Her entertainment blog focuses on gossip, music, celebrity interviews, pictures and such. Angel has been kind enough to visit with us in the past. I suppose she is waiting until she overtakes Bossip.com before she sends some 'link-love' to our blog!

  4. ESKAY: Nah Right (Authority: 860 / Rank: 3,430) - [Entertainment] ESKAY is doing some powerful things with this blog began three years ago in May 2005. It is the fastest moving of the top-tier Black blogs last month. There is still some distance before Nah Right catches up to Concrete Loop, however, ESKAY is definitely on the move. Nah Right focus is on Music and Movies. We are very grateful to Nah Right for being included as a post on their blog. It resulted in our blog having record-breaking visits and page views for two days in a row last month.
  5. Oliver Willis: Oliver Willis (Authority: 672 / Rank: 4,907) - [Politics] Oliver began his blog in April 2005. One of the highlights of Oliver's blogging career occurred last month when he was selected as part of the DemConvention General Bloggers Corp. Oliver seeks to have a one-on-one interview with Nobel Laureate Al Gore while he is in Denver. I anticipate that his blog will grow over the coming weeks as we get closer to the Democratic National Convention in August.
  6. Natasha Eubanks: Young, Black & Fabulous (Authority: 645 / Rank: 5,299) - [Entertainment] Natasha is a 25-year old law student in Washington DC. It appears that she successfully completed her transition from blogspot.com domain to her own domain over the past few months. Her blog remains one of the hottest Black celebrity gossip sites on the net since it was created in June 2005. Top tags on her blog are Candids, Parties and Rumor Control. Someone let this sister know about her top ranking on our BBR. Perhaps it will be worth some link-love this month!
  7. Sandra Rose: Sandra Rose (Authority: 465 / Rank: 8,190) - [Entertainment] Sandra Rose moved up a few notches in the BBR Top Ten this month. Sandra Rose transitioned from her blogger.com platform to her own domain over the past few months. Her fans appear to have found the newer blog location. Sandra's hook is her photography. She is a celebrity photographer with a portfolio of work that includes some of the greats from Janet Jackson to Usher and all points in-between and otherwise. Sandra Rose is Atlanta’s go-to-photographer when it comes to all things celebrity. I understand she only gives link-love to blogs that she follows or posts that she links to. Hopefully, we will make the cut this month!

  8. Fresh Crunkjuice: Crunk & Disorderly* (Authority: 452 / Rank: 8,585) - [Entertainment] This gossip blog, created in August 2004, fell four spots to BBR #8 this month. Not to worry. Fresh Crunkjuice bought his own domain a few months ago. This blogspot.com domain is being retired and will continue to fall in the BBR. However, I anticipate that his other blog will crack the Top 10 shortly ... it is currently sitting at BBR #30.

  9. Jack Turner and Jill Tubman: Jack and Jill Politics* (Authority: 444 / Rank: 8,800) - [Politics] JJP joins Pam and Oliver as top-ranked Black political bloggers credentialed to be on the floor of the 2008 National Democratic Convention in Denver later this summer. More and more blog readers will begin to take notice of the presidential campaign as the realization of an African American POTUS begins to take hold. JJP provides a uniquely Black bourgeois perspective on American politics. Top tags for this blog are 2008 Democratic Primary, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. I noticed that our Electronic Village hasn't earned a place in the JJP blogroll. We'll keep workin' at it ... perhaps that link-love will come soon!
  10. Tempest: The Angry Black Woman (Authority: 380 / Rank: 10,693) - [Social Commentary] Oddly enough, this blog was in the Top 10 back in September 2007. The Angry Black Woman focuses on issues related to sexism and racism. Her blog provides a safe space for talking about these and other related issues. As the sister says, "We can’t stop being angry until the fight is over. And the fight is far from over, kids."



The only qualification is that the blogger needs to be of African descent. The blogger does not have to be a member of The AfroSpear or the Afrosphere Bloggers Association, although we invite all Black bloggers to join either (or both) of those organizations.

Those blogs with an asterisk after their name are members of The AfroSpear.

Black Blog Rankings lean heavily on the Technorati Authority and Rank score for each blog. The Technorati authority and rank numbers are shown in parenthesis. The authority figure includes a number of factors including the number of blogs that are linked to this blogger over the past six months. The rank number indicates how many blogs are between the person listed and the #1 ranked blog in the world.

We do think that these Black blogs are important spheres of influence. Let them know that you appreciate the work they have put in over the past few months and years to get on this list. My vision is that many of the brothers and sisters on this month's BBR will join us later this year at the Blogging While Brown conference in Atlanta, GA on July 25-27, 2008.

Finally, I encourage all bloggers to provide some link-love to this post so that your readers can learn about the Villager's Black Blog Rankings! Next step is yours ... what say u?

27 comments:

Regina said...

Hey Villager!
Thanks again for doing what you do! You continue to do such great works. I have not even looked at it yet because Technorati has been all screwed up this month, but I'll check it out before the night is over.

I think I may have said it before but I unfortunately can not be at Blogging while Brown in July because in July I will be moving a family from NY to TX (15 people equaling 4 households)so flying to Atlanta is definitely out for me! But I sure wish I could be there, I know you guys will be doing your thing!!

Peace & Love!

Villager said...

Regina - Thanks for your continued support. Your big move is getting closer day-by-day. Are you ready?

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

good look i see i made top 25 but u didnt shout me out in the post booo hooo lol how ya living folk

Villager said...

Torrance - It was a mistake on my part. Mistake has been corrected. Congrats on making it to BBR #25...

CaroleMcDonnell said...

Hi Wayne: The angry black woman's name is Tempest. A great lady. -C

Professor Tracey said...

I guess I'm confused about how the rankings are calculated because my ranking never matches my actual technorati rating. Any explanations?

AJ Plaid said...

See, I'm over on my corner of the world talking about race and sex (not just gender but, you know, sex), and I find out (h/t to Tami at What Tami Said) that I'm listed as part of the Black blogosphere...

Wow! I know that I'm a newbie (ranked 1212), but I just want to thank you for including me in the ranking.

Marleaux said...

Hey Villager! I wanted to inform you that I moved my site. I'm now at www.loloscube.com. I know my score will suffer, but I'm sure I'll surpass my previous number in the future. I've linked this post also...

Villager said...

Carole - Thank you for sharing Tempest's name with me. I updated the post accordingly for posterity...

Villager said...

Professor Tracey - I added your blog as one of my Technorati Favs today so I'll be able to keep it current moving forward. I corrected the list today. Your blog is BBR #132...

AJ Plaid - We are working hard to document all Black-owned and operated blogs. If you know of any we are missing ... please let me know! In the meantime, I look for you to get in the Top 1000 by the end of the month...

Villager said...

Lolo - Congrats on making the move to your own domain! Your blogspot blog is currently BBR #257 and your new blog is BBR #513 and moving up rapidly...

AJ Plaid said...

I do have a mini-list:

African.Dance.Drum.Life!
Stereohyped
Make Fetch Happen
Stuff Black People Hate
Stuff Educated Black People Like
All About the Glam

AJ Plaid said...

There's also K-Spot:
http://kaydeespot.blogspot.com/

Villager said...

AJ Plaid - I'm proud to recognize you as a part of the Villagers' Black Blog Rankings! Based on your recommendation we have added the following blogs as well:

Stuff Educated Black People Like - BBR #58
Stuff Black People Hate - BBR #81
Make Fetch Happen - BBR #260
All About The Glam - BBR #701
K-Spot - BBR #1246

I didn't add Stereohyped. They are a white-owned blog...

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hey there! {waves}

Thank you for this list!

I am always looking for more black blog hosts that I can engage with! Your monthly list is like a road map for the black blogosphere and makes the sojourners' cyber travels so much easier!


Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

Villager said...

Lisa - I am glad that you find the BBR to be useful. I'm hopeful to create a BBR-button that you can place in the sidebar of your blog this month...

Hustle Crow said...

This is a great post! Congrats to everyone on the list!! Be sure to keep Too Hood 4 Hollywood on your radar Villager. www.2hood4hollywood.blogspot.com

I am still growing but doing pretty well. I hope to make your list soon!!

Villager said...

Hood Crow - I just added you to the Black Blog Rankings. Your blog is BBR #329...

Renee said...

Here is a blog that you missed.

http://thegreenlantern24.blogspot.com/

Symphony said...

I need to work on "Tradition of Excellence". Now that its summer I should be able to do more with it. Though, its nothing more than a place to deposit positive information regarding Black people, its not really a place with a lot of comments. I just want people to read some of these amazing stories going on with Black people.

Villager said...

Symphony - I have two blogs. It is more than a notion to keep them both updated. However, I have confidence in you and I look forward to 'Traditions of Excellence' achieving its vision...

Renee - TheGreenLantern is now BBR #1256...

K said...

Hey Villager,

Thanks again for keeping up with the list. It's great that it's grown so much. 1240 is amazing. Cant wait to see the day when that number is in the 10,000's.

Just wanted to check that you had my correct url as the authority on your rankings (0) is not the same as on technorati (17).
The K Experience

Nuff Luv

Villager said...

K - Shyt ... you're scaring me with that 10,000 number. I truly need to get this dayum thing automated. Anyhow, I appreciate you pointing out your blog's Technorati Authority number. I've made the correction. K Experience is now BBR #576...

Jacinda Thomas said...

Check me out:

The Urban Gentleman- it's a men's fashion, style, and grooming blog.

http://theurbangent.blogpsot.com

Villager said...

Jacinda - I went to the URL you listed and it came up as a mega-Bible site with adds selling printer toner cartridges. Please re-confirm the URL for us. OK?

Jacinda Thomas said...

Hey... sorry i wrote it wrong. It was supposed to be. http://theurbangent.blogspot.com .

But now you can find me at www.theurbangent.com.

The Urban Gentleman is the best website and source for men's fashion and grooming.

Villager said...

Jacinda - Sorry for the delay. Your blog has been added to the list. It is BBR #733...