January 1, 2009

Top Ten Black Blogs (Jan 2009)

We enter enter the Obama era this month. The continued popularity of political and social commentary blogs in the Villager's Black Blog Rankings (BBR) reflects the greater engagement of our blog readers in the issues of the day. I hope that you enjoy the 1,575 blogs ranked in the January 2009 BBR.

I looked back on where things stood 12 months ago when we published the January 2008 BBR. Three of the current Top Ten Black Blogs (Jack and Jill Politics, The Field Negro and Necole Bitchie) were not in the Top Ten a year ago.

We started this ranking effort with 75 Black blogs in Sep 2007. This month we publish over 1,500 Black owned & operated blogs! I don't pretend that we have all Black owned & operated blogs on this list. If you see any that are missing ... please let me know in the COMMENTS section.

Here are the blog lists from the past four quarters:
Anyhow, with no further ado, here are the Top Ten Black Blogs for Jan 2009:
  1. Pam Spaulding: Pam's House Blend (Authority: 1,187 / Rank: 1,384) - [Politics] Pam's blog continues to maintain a commanding lead as the top Black blog in the universe. One of the secrets to her success is the frequency of posts on her blog. Pam has a number of guest commentators and there seems to be a new blog post every couple of hours. In any case, Pam's House Blend is the go-to location for anything related to the lesbian and gay community. Pam has been dealing behind-the-scenes with the hacking of her blog platform This blog was BBR #2 a year ago.
  2. The Bossip: Bossip.com (Authority: 769 / Rank: 2,893) - [Entertainment] Bossip.com is the top-ranked gossip or entertainment blog on our list. We continue to wonder whether The Bossip is male or female? This blog survived a dust-up that began last year at this time with some derogatory remarks against Maya Angelou. Click here to see index of the people that are blogged about on Bossip.com. This blog was BBR #3 a year ago.
  3. Ahsmi Rawlins: Nah Right (Authority: 716 / Rank: 3,202) - [Entertainment] Ashmi (a.k.a., ESKAY) has been blogging since May 2005. Both his name and job are based on phonetics, literally and figuratively. The name – eskay – is the phonetic spelling of “SK,” the tag he used as a graffiti writer years ago. Today, rappers go nowhere unless Eskay says so. His chronically updated NahRight.com is the site for hip-hop news and videos. Check out this interview he conducted with Urb Magazine to learn more about Eskay. This blog was BBR #6 a year ago.
  4. Angel Laws: Concrete Loop (Authority: 638 / Rank: 3,767) - [Entertainment] Angel Laws is the young sister who who owns and operates this dynamic entertainment blog. She created the blog back in 2005 and it was the top-ranked Black blog last year. Angel has other interests in life as demonstrated by her photo blog. I encourage you to see the list of the last 50 posts on her blog. This blog was BBR #1 a year ago.
  5. Oliver Willis: Oliver Willis (Authority: 574 / Rank: 4,343) - [Politics] Oliver has been blogging since April 2005. Oliver attended Florida Atlantic University and is a member of the Technology and Online Community Department at Media Matters for America. He is expanding his cyber-empire to YouTube as well. This blog was BBR #7 a year ago.
  6. Natasha Eubanks: Young, Black & Fabulous (Authority: 571 / Rank: 4,375) - [Entertainment] Natasha Eubanks started blogging four years ago out of her passion for celebrity gossip. Her blog, focused on Black celebrity gossip and entertainment news, has risen from from nothing to something to become a destination for many bloggers and fans. This blog was BBR #6 a year ago.
  7. Baratunde Thurston and Cheryl Contee: Jack and Jill Politics (Authority: 564 / Rank: 4,444) - [Politics] Baratunde is conscious comic and vigilante pundit who has successfully merged his interests in technology, politics and comedy. He has authored three books, including Keep Jerry Falwell Away From My Oreo Cookies. Cheryl works in communications and marketing of social meda and Web 2.0, and is starting her own consulting shop. Together they make up the dynamic online team of Jack and Jill. This blog was BBR #13 a year ago.
  8. La Shawn Barber: La Shawn Barber's Corner (Authority: 363 / Rank: 8,238) - [Social Commentary] This top-ranked blog was launched in November 2003. La Shawn comes at things from a unique point of view. She writes about politics, faith, culture, digital technology and, occasionally, how these things intersect. There are many fans of La Shawn Barber. I'm interested to see how her view evolve in the Obama era. This blog was BBR #9 a year ago.
  9. Wayne Bennett: The Field Negro (Authority: 355 / Rank: 8,471) - [Social Commentary] The Los Angeles Times interview provided insights into Wayne last year. Field shared his post-election thoughts, however, he managed to weasel his way out of running buck-naked down a Philadelphia street when Obama won. It's cool to see this popular Black blogger sharing his thoughts on King's legacy with Al Jazeera. This blog was BBR #18 a year ago.
  10. Necole Bitchie: NecoleBitchie.com (Authority: 348 / Rank: 8,869) - [Entertainment] Necole is one of the few Black bloggers making a career from her blog. She shared some great monetizing tips at the Blogging While Brown conference last year. NecoleBitchie.com is one of the fastest growing urban celebrity blogs on the Internet. She is also sharing information on YouTube. However, not everyone is a fan. This blog was BBR #124 a year ago.

HONORABLE MENTION (11-25): AfroBella, Ill Doctrine, Sandra Rose, Womanist Musings, Crunk & Disorderly, Raw Dawg Buffalo, The Black Snob, Angry Black Bitch, Living Life Abundantly, Rod 2.0:Beta, The Angry Black Woman, Michelle Obama Watch, Why Does Everyone Suck?, How To Split An Atom and Electronic Village.

This ranking is open to any blogger of African descent. We invite all Black bloggers to apply for membership into The AfroSpear or join our Facebook group known as the Afrosphere Bloggers Association.

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 one listed and The Huffington Post, which is the #1 overall blog in the universe.

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. 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?


Unknown said...

All - Some of you have requested that we have embedded URLs for the Black Blog Rankings. Email me at blog[@]elecvillage.com with request for embedded version ... and I'll send it to you.

Otherwise, I hope you enjoy the rankings. Are we missing any Black-owned blogs that you know about it?

RiPPa said...

Villager, I know this has to be painstaking for you, but I appreciate you doing this my man.

DNLee said...

Hey! I've just returned from the ScienceOnline09 Science Blogging Conference in Research Triangle, NC. I co-moderated a great session about increasing diversity in science and the participation of minoriries in science blogging. No doubt, the Black Blogsphere and the Afrosphere Blogging Association was mentioned (and not by me). The Science community is working on its end to increase minority participation in science blogging - but I think it leaves the book open for how the "Blogging While Brown" community might address the same issue. Is it something that the black blogging community should address?

Anyway. I met a few other Black Bloggers - science bloggers, of course.
Physics for Girls http://physicsforgirls.blogspot.com
Kids & Data http://kidsndata.blogspot.com
The Urban Birder http://www.theurbanbirder.com/
http://asymptotia.com/author/cvj/ (perhaps the longest running [black] science blog)

DNLee said...

Oh, and my technorati rank is bit higher than the one recorded on your form. Thanks. Can't wait to see where I stand next month.

Unknown said...

RiPPa - I enjoy it ... it has just gotten much bigger than I ever imagined when I started doing it.

DNLee - You are now BBR #316. I'm able to track the top 200 blogs with the help of Technorati. Others I have to do as people remind me or point out oversights. I'm glad you spoke up.

I think you should talk with Gina McCauley about being a presenter at the BWB conference in Chicago later this year.

I will add the new blogs you mentioned to the list!

Unknown said...

DN Lee - Thesis - with Children is now BBR #454.

Physics for Girls? - is now BBR #1577.

The Urban Birder - is now BBR #1578

I didn't get a feel that the last one is Black-owned and Black-operated ... so I haven't added it to the list yet. Can you clarify ownership of it?

Monica Roberts said...

Thanks again Villager for all you do with the BBR's.

Although my progress has slowed down a bit, I'm still in the Top 50 :)

Next stop the Top 25!

Hagar's Daughter said...

Thank you for all the time and energy you put into ranking black blogs. I appreciate it.

Muslim Bushido [mushlimbushido.blogspot.com], which is owned by Khadija - I didn't see it on your list.

Unknown said...

Hagar's Daughter - Thank you for the kind words. Can you re-confirm the URL for Khadija's blog?

mushlimbushido.blogspot.com didn't work when I tried it.

DNLee said...

Oh Villager.

Dr. Clifford Johnson is indeed black (from the UK). Like I said, Asymtoptia might actually be the longest running black science blog. He is a physcists and professor at USC.

see this site: http://asymptotia.com/about/, see if that convinces you.

Unknown said...

Monica - I recorded a significant upward move for your technorati authority this week. If you maintain it thru 2/1/2009 then you'll be happy with your progress towards the next goal you've set...

Unknown said...

DN Lee - Thank you for persistently knockin' on my hard head! I apologize for not understanding right away that Asymtoptia was BOBO. Anyhow, I've added it to the list. It is now BBR #105...

Unknown said...

Will you please consider adding http://danielcarltonthoughts.blogspot.com/
I am an African American Teaching Artist based out of NYC

Unknown said...

Daniel - Your blog is now on the list. It is BBR #1588...