« More Blog CrawlDrexler Keynote »

Blog Language Rankings

A shocker in the language rankings, as Spanish moves in to bump Icelandic out of the top five!

That's thanks to Fernando Tricas over at Blogalia, who sent in a list of about 2,000 known Spanish blogs. Tricas and his group have been trying to measure the Spanish blogosphere, which (judging by the numbers) is in its absolute infancy. They've published a paper [PDF] on the Spanish blogosphere that they will be presenting at BlogTalk. The paper is a fascinating survey of the microscopic Spanish-language blogging community, and it beautifully illustrates some of the center/periphery relationships that Alek Tarkowski described in his letter a few months ago. You can also see a power-law curve already starting to form, even with just two thousand blogs.

I also got a letter from the versatile Marysia Cywinska-Milonas, who humbles us all by maintaining a trilingual weblog (Polish, French, English). Marysia has been maintaining some great stats about the size of the Polish blogosphere (apparently growing fast thanks to teenagers). Her numbers give a ballpark figure of 90,000 Polish blogs at the beginning of this month.

I find it fascinating that there seems to be no rhyme or reason distinguishing those language communities going crazy for weblogging (English, Farsi, Polish, Icelandic, Portuguese) from the ones that are still barely getting started (Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic). There doesn't seem to be any relationship between the number of speakers and their adoption rate for blogging.

But it's clear that when the blogging bug hits, it hits hard. My advice to TypePad, Blogger, and everyone else trying to make money in this business is to make sure those Spanish-language templates are ready.

« More Blog CrawlDrexler Keynote »

Greatest Hits

The Alameda-Weehawken Burrito Tunnel
The story of America's most awesome infrastructure project.

Argentina on Two Steaks A Day
Eating the happiest cows in the world

Scott and Scurvy
Why did 19th century explorers forget the simple cure for scurvy?

No Evidence of Disease
A cancer story with an unfortunate complication.

Controlled Tango Into Terrain
Trying to learn how to dance in Argentina

Dabblers and Blowhards
Calling out Paul Graham for a silly essay about painting

Attacked By Thugs
Warsaw police hijinks

Dating Without Kundera
Practical alternatives to the Slavic Dave Matthews

A Rocket To Nowhere
A Space Shuttle rant

Best Practices For Time Travelers
The story of John Titor, visitor from the future

100 Years Of Turbulence
The Wright Brothers and the harmful effects of patent law

Every Damn Thing

2020 Mar Apr Jun Aug Sep Oct
2019 May Jun Jul Aug Dec
2018 Oct Nov Dec
2017 Feb Sep
2016 May Oct
2015 May Jul Nov
2014 Jul Aug
2013 Feb Dec
2012 Feb Sep Nov Dec
2011 Aug
2010 Mar May Jun Jul
2009 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
2008 Jan Apr May Aug Nov
2007 Jan Mar Apr May Jul Dec
2006 Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov
2005 Jan Feb Mar Apr Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2004 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Oct Nov Dec
2003 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2002 May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Your Host

Maciej Cegłowski


Please ask permission before reprinting full-text posts or I will crush you.