The A list of Australian bloggers

March 20, 2006

Charles Wright, who I think no longer blogs for the Sydney Morning Herald, put this list up back in February claiming to be the A-List of Aussie bloggers, basically based on people he’d met at a conference in Queensland. I didn’t say anything about it at the time, because, well…it’s very easy to knock a list when you’re not on it. But I’d thought I’d give it a shot, based on what people are doing, traffic, and what not. His list is flawed…basically, my list isn’t perfect, but….

The Australian A-List (roughly).

Darren Rowse
Australia’s most read blogger. The ONLY Australian blogger in the Technorati Top 100. It’s a disgrace that Blogebrity don’t have him on the A-List because he’s more read and higher ranked than half the people on their list.
Yaro Starak
One of the few Australian bloggers I’ve not had a conversation with. Yaro, drop me an email! But looking at his links and Alexa stats he’s the quiet achiever of the Australian blogosphere. The Age thinks Tim Blair is top gun? Yaro kicks his ass.
Cameron Reilly
Cameron makes the list not only because of his excellent personal blog, but also due to the influence of The Podcasting Network, one of only 4 (then active and owned) Australian blogs in the Feedster 500. TPN is in the top 3 podcasting networks worldwide and Cameron is the leader.
Ben Barren
A man who I’ve got a lot of time to spend podcasting with, with a blog that’s to be seen to be believed. He’s set to become the Dave Sifry of the Australian Blogosphere, and Gnoos is now taking suggestions. Watch this space, but A-Listing is deserved.
Nik Cubrilovic
Just don’t ask me to pronounce Nik’s last name, but he resides in the Gong so he must be a good bloke. The founder of and going on to bigger and better things with Omnidrive.
Tim Blair
Despite being known by Fairfax as Australia’s greatest blogger, there is little doubt that Blair is the Kos of the Australian blogosphere. Looking at his stats though he only just makes the list 🙂
Caz from The Spin Starts Here
I still claim that The Spin Starts Here is Australia’s greatest blog. And Caz runs TSSH. Isn’t it sad that I don’t know her last name, maybe so, but no A-List of the Australian Blogosphere is complete without Caz on it.
Trevor Cook
Trevor was once quoted in the press as claiming to be amongst the top 30 blogs in the world, and as much as we all wish for this position, there is little doubt that Trevor is a serious voice in the Australian blogosphere. A man who’s politics are pretty close to mine, although he’s much more linked in with the old Liberal Party elite than I ever was as a member of the Liberal Party (since resigned). A good right wing economist.
Ok, I’m being a little vain now, but when I edited The Blog Herald I was ranked in the Top 100 blogs world wide according to CNet and in the Top 200 everywhere else. 1 week after I sold the site it was listed in a new list at Technorati at 100. My main blog isn’t doing records, but it isn’t far off beating Tim Blair.
and to round off the list (I could ramble for hours!)
Martin Wells
Richard Giles
Alan Jones
Phil Sim
Charles Wright
Des Walsh

There are probably others I could add, but I’m looking at influence and traffic.

Update: silly me. I forgot Phillip Molly. Worthy of any Australian A-List. C-List my rear end Molly.

33 responses to The A list of Australian bloggers

  1. How about publishing an OPML? That way people can jus follow the whole list as it evolves. If you do, I will publicize it on my site because BlogBridge supports OPML deeply so I am always looking for good OPMLs to promote!

  2. Fair enough, Duncan.

    But may I point out that the so-called A list was never meant to be taken seriously. Mark Jones of the Financial Review and I whipped it up spontaneously after Frank Arrigo (shouldn’t he be in there somewhere?) called for an A list of bloggers, but stipulated journalist/bloggers couldn’t be included.

    It’s generous of you to include me in your A-list, but I’m simply not a contender. Mind you, I am having extraordinary success in converting my readers to paid subscriptions, which I do find gratifying.

  3. Duncan, yes, we should chat (I added you to my skype account). I wish I was at that gold coast conference especially because it is so close to me in Brisbane, I could have driven! but alas I found out about it too late.

    Thanks for your inclusion of me in this list, I really appreciate the kudos, even if as you say all these A-Lists are exercises in silliness.

  4. Thanks Duncan
    I have to admit it’s a nice feeling as well as an honour to be in your list.Good to see young Yaro in there – he is going great guns and I’m very pleased to see him getting recognition.

  5. Hey thanks to you too Des! Now if only the newspapers and television journalists would take notice. I love to give interviews 😉

    Seriously though, Australia is a tiny blimp on the blogging radar so anyone doing anything significant in the blogosphere should get a big pat on the back – that includes you b5media crew.

  6. Is there any reason why there aren’t any women on your blog list? I own 3, manage 1 for my husband and 2 for clients and know there are a lot of Australian blogs listed at BlogExplosion. Granted some are purely personal and probably don’t get the traffic or interest, but there are some great business blogs out there and ones that make you think – I’m sure mine do!

  7. What an interesting read – and yes – I can’t help but feel in a minority sometimes. I’ve written blogs since August 2004, but lost a few months on an upgrade gone bad!

    I write about the technology space I’m in and that leaves me feeling like a solo performer sometimes..

    But I did realise that I made a bit of an impression when people offered to pay me money to be on my blogs for a day…. That was cool.

    Long live blogs.. it’s history in the making. Australia might be a blip in the bucket, but I’m hoping to do my bit to make a difference.

    The only thing I felt was a bit uncomfortable was when I met a few new clients, they talk to me like they’ve known me for years. I found that an unusual experience.
    Nina Meiers

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