April 1, 2009

Top 10 Black Blogs (April 2009)


I trust that all villagers are having a joyous Easter. I apologize for my late presentation of the Villager's Black Blog Rankings (BBR) for this month. My hope is to get back on schedule for posting this list on the 1st day of each month. With any luck we will make into the Top Ten Top Ten Lists maintained by Vincetastic!

We now have 1,629 blogs ranked in April 2009 BBR. Hello Beautiful (created by Tracey Cooper) and Living Life Abundantly (created by Marenda Taylor) both powered their way into the Top 10 this month. I hope that Tracey and Marenda drop by to share some tips in the comments section with the rest us!

The number of blogs tracked by our monthly rankings have increased significantly since we shared those first 75 Black blogs in Sep 2007. It has been a remarkable journey. It is likely we are missing some Black-owned & operated blogs our current list! If you see any that are missing ... please let me know in the COMMENTS section.

Here are some of the blog lists from the past four quarters:
Anyhow, with no further ado, here are the Top Ten Black Blogs for April 2009:

  1. Pam Spaulding: Pam's House Blend (Authority: 1,090 / Rank: 1,426) - [Politics] Pam's blog continues in the BBR #1 for the 10th month in a row. The Washington Post shared some reasons that Pam has been so influential in the blogosphere. You can meet Sis. Spaulding in person at the 2009 Blogging While Brown Conference. Tags for this blog are race, politics, feminism, gay and lesbian. This blog was BBR #2 in April 2008.
  2. The Bossip: Bossip.com (Authority: 740 / Rank: 2,724) - [Entertainment] Bossip.com remains the top-ranked gossip or entertainment blog on our list. This blog has spheres of influence in Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York City allowing it to be the first to break stories about celebrities such as Chris Brown, Rudy (from 'The Cosby Show') and Tyson Beckford This blog was BBR #1 in April 2008.
  3. Ahsmi Rawlins: Nah Right (Authority: 738 / Rank: 3,042) - [Entertainment] Ashmi (a.k.a., ESKAY) has been blogging since May 2005. Folks continue to marvel at the ability of Eskay to stay ahead of the blogging game. Personally, I'm curious to learn the backstory of his logo ... the St. Andrews Place street sign. I was born and raised on St. Andrews Place in Los Angeles! Anyhow, the tags for this blog are news and music. This blog was BBR #4 in April 2008.
  4. Felicia Palmer and Steven Samuel: This is SOHH.com (Authority: 592 / Rank: 3,806) - [Entertainment] SOHH stands for Support Online Hip Hop and is a blog based in Jersey City, NJ. SOHH.com is a destination site for fans of hip hop music. The site was created in 1997 as a more cost-effective information alternative to a monthly print publication called 4Control Media, which launched two years earlier. Tags for this blog are HIP HOP, Rap, Magazine and Newspapers. This blog was not ranked a year ago.
  5. Angel Laws: Concrete Loop (Authority: 572 / Rank: 3,979) - [Entertainment] Angel Laws is the young sister who who owns and operates this dynamic entertainment blog. I am very pleased to report that we can learn how Angel, who blogged herself into a successful career, will be a presenter at the 2009 Blogging While Brown Conference. Angel has other interests in life as demonstrated by her photo blog. Tags for this blog are Music, Pictures, gossip, R&B, Hollywood, Celebs, Exclusive, loop, concrete, gossip blog, concreteloop, black celebs, black gossip, celeb interviews and black hollywood. This blog was BBR #3 in April 2008.
  6. Tracey Cooper: Hello Beautiful (Authority: 544 / Rank: 4,519) - [Entertainment] This blog is a fun mix of fashion, beauty, entertainment and relationship talk carefully curated for Black women. From politics to celebrity gossip and love to style advice, Hello Beautiful helps keep Black women connected to information they love and the people they want to share it with. Tags for this blog are relationships, sex, Michelle Obama, fashion, Rihanna and 'naked with socks on'. I must admit that I learned about a woman who uses her boobs to pay for her rent from this blog! This blog was not ranked a year ago.
  7. Oliver Willis: Oliver Willis (Authority: 508 / Rank: 4,764) - [Politics] Oliver has been blogging since April 2005. He is expanding his cyber-empire to YouTube as well. Lately, Oliver has been tangled in blogging warfare with some conservative pundits. Tags for this blog are politics, media, news, comedy, humor, progressive, journalism, democrats and movies. This blog was BBR #6 in April 2008.
  8. Natasha Eubanks: Young, Black & Fabulous (Authority: 500 / Rank: 4,865) - [Entertainment] Natasha Eubanks started her blog to give the paparazzi treatment to celebrities who don't make the pages of US Weekly or the posts of PerezHilton.com. She started the blog after evacuating New Orleans ahead of Hurricane Katrina. You can learn more about Sis. Eubanks from this blogger interview. This blog was BBR #7 a year ago.
  9. Baratunde Thurston and Cheryl Contee: Jack and Jill Politics (Authority: 442 / Rank: 5,821) - [Politics] Baratunde and Cheryl make up the dynamic online team of Jack and Jill. Their blog provides a Black bourgeoisie perspective on U.S. politics. I recommend that villagers subscribe to Baratunde/Jack on YouTube or Facebook to get a different perspective on his style and content. This blog was BBR #8 in April 2008.
  10. Marenda Taylor: Living Life Abundantly (Authority: 362 / Rank: 7,692) - [Social Commentary] Marenda wrote, "I started this blog with the intentions of expressing my thoughts, provoking thought, bridging gaps, and sparking conversation. The agenda is to entertain, educate, and empower. The goal is to inspire, encourage, and uplift. The mission is to Live Life Abundantly and to share the lifestyle with as many people as possible." This blog was BBR #135 in April 2008.

HONORABLE MENTION (11-25): The Field Negro, La Shawn Barber's Corner, Womanist Musings, Ill Doctrine, The Smoking Section, Necole Bitchie, AfroBella, Raw Dawg Buffalo, Sandra Rose, The Black Snob, Rod 2.0:Beta, The Angry Black Woman, Angry Black Bitch, SoulBounce.com and Crunk & Disorderly.


This ranking is open to any blogger of African descent. We invite all progressive Black bloggers to consider applying for membership into 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 one listed and The Huffington Post, which is the #1 overall blog in the universe.

We are adding links to the Word version of the Villager's Black Blog Rankings. Let me know if you want a copy of the Word version. In the meantime, I encourage you to share some link-love with this post so that your blog readers know about us!

17 comments:

SjP said...

I'm always excited when you post the top 10 and watching our numbers grow in the blogo and Afrospheres. How you keep up with this I'll never know!

Congrats to all the top 10! Ya'll keep doing what you doing!

Villager said...

Sojourner - It is more than a notion. I hope to do a better of job in getting these done on the 1st of the month in the future. Today, I'm using Twitter to let folks know where they stand. That is new...

My name is Marenda said...

Wow!!!! I am so excited and honored :) This is so awesome. Blessings to all :)

RiPPa said...

Good job as usual Villager. I was curious: is there a link exchange program for Black bloggers using technorati? You know, a means to help boost technorati linkage, hence increased traffic and exposure via technorati?

Monica Roberts said...

I'm still chuckling about the fact TransGriot has been yo-yoing around a 150 Technorati ranking, but still inched up three spots in the BBR Top 50.

But time's running out on my goal of being at a Technorati ranking of 200 and in the BBR Top 25 by my birthday.

CSL said...

I love the fact that the #1 blog is a political / personal blog. I really do.

Los Angelista said...

The Twitter heads up was very nice! Thanks for that. I'm going to commit to subscribing to as many RSS feeds and linking as many folks as I can. Never hurts to helping eah other out as much as possible!

Villager said...

Marenda - Most of the blogs on the ranking have been losing Technorati Authority ... while yours continues to grow like wild. Any advice or tips for the rest of us?

RiPPa - I'm not up-to-date on link-exchange strategy. Perhaps one of the other villagers reading this comment thread can help...

Monica - I did alot of updating today. Only 5-7 blogs went up with their technorati authority number. Most fell and many fell hard. The fact that you maintained is a sign of strength...

Villager said...

CSL - Pam earns her position with a team of strong bloggers posting on her site. It also helps that she has a very focused niche (gay rights)...

Los Angelista - Have you shared your BBR info with your blog readers? Tell them where you're at and what your goal is. They may help you get there!

Vincetastic said...

Hi Villager,
This is a really great top ten list, thank you for listing so many great blogs. I definitely support what you are doing, I've actually been exposed to some other black blogs, one had a great one on the top ten black scholars in Academia, which I found very interesting. You can post this to our site http://www.toptentopten.com/ and then link back to your site. We are looking for top ten lists and our users can track back to your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

Monica Roberts said...

Villager,
I suspect the lack of Technorati growth is because of the bounce we all got from covering the 2008 presidential race on one level or another and more competition.

Those links we received then are dropping off.

But I'm still trying to make that goal

Villager said...

Vincetastic - I updated the blog post to include a link to your Top Ten Top Ten Lists site. I have no idea how to get our Top Ten Black Blogs list added to your site. Can you help us get that done?

Monica - Excellent point. The election ended Nov 4, 2008 ... that is over 6 months ago ... so any unique links we received at that time are dropping off now. That will be a hard hit on those of us with political or social commentary blogs...

postpostracial said...

Great job, here! Looks like I need to update my blogroll again...

Villager said...

PPR - It seems that I didn't have your blog on the list this month. It's been added. You are currently BBR #1037...

postpostracial said...

Oooo! Thanks!

Todays Drum said...

Thanks for the list. i found it to be informational.

Villager said...

Today's Drum - The June 2009 BBR should be up within the next 24 hours...