The image on the left is a "Linkology" map from the New York Magazine article called Linkology by Stuart Luman. High res PDF version of the visualization of top blog relationships chart.
The point of the linkology article (although it is really more a list with a paragrah intro) appears to be that breaking into the A-List, to be one of the top read blogs, is tough. Perhaps even tougher than breaking your news into traditional media. A public relations professional pitches stories in old world media to writers and editors. News media are looking for something NEW and actually have a NEED for the PR Professional.
On the flip side, blogging is basically a conversation and we tend to go back to the same watering hole on a regular basis for our conversations.
But back to the graphic. I don’t think it is fair that the image shows only links between those blogs. Why not show it more like a network diagram? In fact, based on the visual it looks like a the good old boy’s club, yet I know that boing boing links out to other random (wonderful?) sites almost hourly.
Hopefully the challenge for bloggers is like the challenge for PR professionals; be interesting and be honest and hopefully the story will develop legs. If that doesn’t work host a huge party and just throw money at the problem.
And oh ya, I found the linkology map through this Doc Searls blog post. And he is one of top 100. I am not. So I am telling nobody about the popularity of others to perpetuate the blog club. Go figure. <g>
Headed to San Francisco for the NetSquared Meetup tomorrow evening with Mena Trott of Typepad and Seth Mazow of Interplast blogs.
From the Netsquared site:
Today, we recognize a turning point in nonprofit technology adoption. Through the immense possibilities of the Internet, nonprofits can turn hundreds of supporters into thousands, access new reserves of volunteerism, and give their constituencies tools to take charge of change.
This site is the online home of our effort to highlight projects around the world that succeed at the intersection of pervasive access, new tools, and new audiences. (more)
OK, so it reads a bit fluffy and Web 2.0 ish, but given the number of non-profit organizations and associations who use Tendenci (our software), the NetSquared group is definitely something I am interested in learning from. Hopefully I will encounter a group of like minded people, although perhaps a bit less obsessed with visualization and PR.