I’m curious, how are you finding new and interesting blogs?  Are these places doing a good job in helping you?  How are new blogs getting found?

In the past there were blog specific places to search for blogs and new blog posts: blog directories, blog search engines, RSS feeds directories, RSS search engines.  In addition there were blogrolls, mentions by fellow bloggers, regular web search engines,etc.  Not a lot of that infrastructure remains today.  Blog search has been incorporated into regular web search on Google and Bing which means a post from a small blog is competing against established, branded sites for every search.

I’m asking because, if we are moving to the web being the social network then blog discovery becomes crucial.

So how do you find new voices and new blogs?

  • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter and others.
  • Readers: WordPress.com Reader and similar.
  • Search Engines: Google, Bing, Duckduckgo and others.
  • Blogrolls: Lists of blogs other bloggers follow.
  • Blog Directories: if so, which ones?
  • Web Mentions and Comments:  People commenting on your own blog posts.
  • I don’t look for blogs.
  • I only follow a select group of friends or business blogs and I am not curious as to what else is out there.
  • Other: explain.

Of the methods you are currently using (above) how well are they working for you? Is it hit or miss? Are you finding good voices?  Is it all spam?

Bloggers: If you are a new blogger, how are you getting found by readers?  Talking to yourself is lonely, I’ve been there.  How do you reach out to gain readers?

Please answer by webmention, or commenting below.  I really want to know about your experience so include whatever detail you like.  Thanks!

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7 thoughts on “Poll: How do you find new/interesting blogs?

  1. Mostly, similar to what coldbrain has
    said, I find blogs when they are casually mentioned on a blog or comment somewhere.
    Stuff like blogrolls and directories and such just don’t seem to exist. I know, because
    I’m constantly looking for them!

    Now, these things do exist in the small enclave of the Indieweb.
    There is the Indieweb wiki, which has links all over
    it. And IndieNews, Indiemap, Blog Snoop and so on. But if I’m looking for
    blogs and websites that are out there—it’s impossible.
    If I’m looking for a specific topic, I’ll Google “quilting blog” or I’ll look
    on Pinboard under the tag “chess”—and see what blogs come up.
    But more often than not, I really want to read someone interesting. Someone’s
    stories and thoughts. To find all the great writers of our time that are out
    there. (Most writers I know that write in the literary tradition are lost as
    to where they should find readers now. It’s terribly ironic when you consider
    all the reading that is done on the Web in this age.)
    This all excites me, though! It seems that there is still a frontier on the
    web. There is still a chasm to cross between all of us. We have a long way to
    And I think that’s what drew me to the Indieweb. The answer will start here, in
    this group, because we’re thinking about it. I think about when Ward
    Cunningham came out with the wiki—it seemed like such a small, pointless
    invention. But what a masterstroke! What will be next?

    Oh and one more thought about directories: I have a theory that exploring a
    directory is possibly not directly the best way to discover new things. They can
    be big and dry and tough to get through. I think they more directly benefit
    the builder of the directory and, also, those listed in the directory.
    The builder of the directory explores and unearths other folks. They then leak
    into this person’s life in a myriad of ways. (For example, I began by simply
    linking to you once, in pursuit of new things, but now I follow you very closely.)
    The initial link begets more. Knotty, twisty—here I think of Sam Ruby’s
    word intertwingly—vines of links around each other.
    And the recipient of the link is possibly motivated to build their own directory,
    so as to establish (or at least to not forget) their new network. So it can
    be viral. Blogrolls very much experienced this.

    Also on:

    • I think I agree with most of your points. A directory is not the best discovery experience. It does however have the advantage of being available now and at very low cost. Because, as you say, there really is nothing out there currently and better solutions like a real search engine are years off. It’s a stopgap measure to be sure to be superseded eventually by better technology.

      There is a hard part to a hierarchical directory: sometimes blogs just don’t fit, neatly, into one category. For instance: my blog, your blog, Chris Aldrich’s blog, how does one categorize the entire blog by subject other than “Personal Blog” which tells us nothing? This is where the directory search function comes in, but frankly most directory searches are very rudimentary.

      There are a couple of blog directories left. I’m suspicious of all of them. If you are charging $85 for a listing red flags start flying in my head. Worse, some say they have tens of thousands of listings – that’s too big to browse and they need to have a really good site search to be any use. I don’t see that as a good discovery experience.


      Never heard that before, but I love it. In this context it fits in so well with “Hyperlinks subvert hierarchy.” I think what you say is true – it forms another informal network.

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