The Rise and Fall of the Geek Blogger

The most interesting thing in the much-discussed New York Magazine article on the economics of blogging wasn’t how much or how little most bloggers make. It was the implications of this:

Cultural winds can drive blogs in and out of favor: When [Dave] Sifry founded Technorati in 2002, many of the bloggers on his top-100-most-linked list were computer geeks, such as journalist Doc Searls and programmer Dave Winer. But as blogging grew to encompass politics and pop culture, Searls dropped to No. 96 and Winer to No. 126.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Only when the proportional representation of entertainment, technology, culture, politics,  and sports in blog “top 100” lists matches that in the broader media economy will we know that blogging has truly become mainstream.

So if you want to watch a realtime blog-o-sphere mainstream-ing indicator, track the die-off of tech blogs from the Technorati top 100. When we’re down to 10 or so, call me. But by my count we’re currently at 31 tech/geek/science blogs in the Technorati 100, so we have a ways to go in the geek fall from grace.


  1. For a more sobre and thought provoking look at blogging, may I suggest you read the winter edition of the New Atlantis, they just published an article entitled ” The Rise of Guerrilla Media”, the opening quote to the article is great
    “Nothing is so unsettling to a social order as the presence of a mass of scribes without suitable employment and an acknowledged status.
    –Eric Hoffer, The Ordeal of Change”
    The New Atlantis a Journal of Technology & Society it “is an effort to clarify the nation’s moral and political understanding of all areas of technology—from stem cells to hydrogen cells to weapons of mass destruction. We hope to make sense of the larger questions surrounding technology and human nature, and the practical questions of governing and regulating science—especially where the moral stakes are high and the political divides are deep.”
    Disclosure – I am not associated with The New Atlantis, nor do I stand to gain financially in anyway by myself or others promoting readership.

  2. as a geek (of some sorts) I find myself constantly putting my fellow brother geeks on the dismissed from bloglines chopping block. i mean, how many different spins can you put on the new gmail chat functionality? a good or effective blogger not only has something to say but says it in an interesting way…