Blog rankings: Who’s on first?
Here’s the list:
1. Eric Asimov, N.Y. Times, The Pour 23%
2. Eric Orange, Local Wine Events 21%
3. Steve Tanzer, International Wine Cellar 15%
4. Jancis Robinson (tie), Jancis Robinson 13%
5. Alder Yarrow (tie), Vinography 13%
6. Tyler Colman, Dr. Vino 12%
7. Gary Vaynerchuk, Wine Library TV 9%
The numbers following each name represent the percent of respondents who said they visited the blog “frequently” as opposed to “occasionally.” The respondents were members of the wine trade, not ordinary consumers, which probably explains Gary V.’s last-place rank.
It’s not strange that the trade should rank these particular seven bloggers on top. Two of them, Jancis Robinson and Steve Tanzer, were critical and literary superstars independent of their role as bloggers, so they have simply carried their fame into a new medium. Three others — Eric Asimov, Alder Yarrow and Tyler Colman — have been ranked at or near the top for years, so it’s a case of “fame begets fame.” (And Asimov might never have made it had he not had the clout of The New York Times behind him.) I’ll have to admit I was unfamiliar with LocalWineEvents.com, but I’ve now bookmarked it as a useful site.
I do find it strange that Tom Wark’s “Fermentation” blog is not on the list, as it almost always is on everybody else’s list of most popular blogs. For example, Alawine.com, a website that is a leading source of information about blog rankings, recently came out (Sept. 15) with their lastest update of the top 100 wine blogs and “Fermentation” was number one!
The problem with rankings like these is that they’re very non-transparent, and while the rankers seem innocent of any guile, you never really know how they determine their numbers.
And in the Department of Shameless Self-Promotion, steveheimoff.com — this very blog — is now Number 11 in the country, according to AlaWine:
Rank Wine Blog Rating
1 Fermentation 100
2 Vinography 93
3 Dr. Vino 93
4 The Pour 89
5 Catavino 89
6 Wine Peeps 87
7 The Wine Connoisseur 83
8 Dirty South Wine 81
9 Do Bianchi 81
10 My Wine Education 80
11 Steve Heimoff’s Blog 78
Pretty cool! And before someone can say that I wouldn’t be in the position of having a top blog if I didn’t already have a name from my Wine Enthusiast reporting, I totally agree. But I will add that, while my name might have gotten me some curiosity when I started my blog, it’s been hard work and good writing that persuade people to read it everyday.
Tom Wark blogged a few days ago about the new AlaWine list and said, “The real interesting question is which blogs you’ve never heard of will have moved in to the top ten a year from now?” Well, I hope one you have heard of — mine — will be right up there. Maybe even on first.
And fresh in this morning:
See this latest survey of top American wine blogs, where steveheimoff.com is #5 with a bullet! (And congratulations to 1WineDude for being #1!)