I was taking another look at Jurgen’s top 100 blogs for software developers, trying to add some more of them to my reading list. I noticed some interesting facts about the first 15:
- Almost all of them are single-person blogs.
- One of them, Steve Yegge, does not even have a domain name! (It is hosted on Blogspot’s service)
- The top blog, Joel on Software, does not have comments. The 2nd ranked blog, Paul Graham, did not have a comments section until recently.
- Several of them (probably a majority, I am not sure) have no advertisements. The blogs with ads have unobtrusive ads for the most part.
- However, many of them link to book(s) published by the author. I believe most books were written by the authors after they started the blog.
- Two of them (Hanselman and UIE) have a podcast. Though I suppose, if you count StackOverflow podcasts, that makes it four (Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood).
- The frequency of posts varies from several times a day (at The Daily WTF) to a few times a month (Yegge, Eric Sink).
- The programming languages and technologies are all over the place (Lisp, Python, Ruby, .NET, Java).
- The layouts of the sites vary from barebones (Martin Fowler) to well-designed (Rands, Bokardo).
- Almost all the authors are based in the United States, though some have been born outside (Fowler, Obasanjo?)
Pingdom posted the images of 11 successful blogs when they first launched and what they look like now. As many of the commenters on the post said, the latest versions of the sites seem much uglier than the early versions, because of the proliferation of ads. This does not seem to be the case with most of the top software blogs, which seem to have maintained a good design. This can probably be attributed to the fact that many of them are still edited by a single person instead of a company.