Recently, Delmarva Dealings posted a look at the Delaware-Maryland-Virginia blogosphere, and lavished some praise on Delawareliberal:
Delaware Liberal has grown to become Delaware’s largest home grown blog. While I seldom agree with these folk, I also seldom miss reading what they have to say.
Congratulations to everyone at Delawareliberal for that kudo. The folks there have worked long and hard to develop both their edge and their audience.
But this got me thinking about taking a more thorough look at websites and blogs in Delaware....
To get a full view of what's going on in Delaware, it's probably better to take a broad look than a narrow one, so I have not limited this listing. Of sites of interest to the blogosphere only one high-traffic blog (Colossus) could not return figures, because Alexa defaults to the parent mu.nu site ratings for all the 100+ blogs served there, and I could not find a way to break Hube out separately.
So here are the full rankings on Delaware blogs and other key Delaware websites. Some thoughts after you peruse the numbers.
Delaware Online: 18,739
Delmarva Dealings: 633,291
Common Sense Political Thought: 1,154,500
Coastal Sussex: 1,856,905
Delaware Libertarian: 2,141,866
Delaware Business Blog: 2,253,847
Caesar Rodney Institute: 3,964,493
Delaware Watch: 4,225,479
Delaware Grapevine: 4,805,163
Just Another Gun Blog (mike w.): 5,153,051
Delaware Curmudgeon: 5,596,495
Delaware Way: 6,253,405
Resolute Determination: 6,412,473
Delaware Politics: 6,451,153
That's Elbert with an E: 7,947,686
Delmar Dustpan: 8,460,262
The Mourning Constitution: 11,853,074
Lower Slower Delaware: 18,112,753
Redwaterlilly's Ramblings: 19,764,582
Kilroy's Delaware: 22,110,077
Fix Red Clay: 24,205,877
Thoughts: DE Online is obviously still the gorilla in the room, and among blogs Delmarva Dealings and Delawareliberal are the only two to break the 1,000,000 mark. It is interesting that Delmarva Dealings beats both WDEL and WGMD, and that Delawareliberal beats WDEL.
Among conservative blogs, I was frankly surprised that Common Sense Political Thought finished so highly--but in some ways it is not exactly a Delaware blog. People are obviously paying attention to both the Caesar Rodney Institute and Resolute Determination, given that they are posting fairly strong numbers for coming out of nowhere.
Two longtime whipping boys of the liberal blogosphere--Davis Burris and mike w.--come out pretty strongly. Only three Delaware blogs outscored Coastal Sussex, and Just Another Gun Blog outscores Delaware Curmudgeon, Tommywonk, Resolute Determination, and Delaware Politics.
Dana Garrett has the highest-rated one-man-show, and the second highest-rated liberal/progressive blog in Delaware.
Celia Cohen--for all the abuse--has the sixth-ranked political blog in the state.
Tyler and me? We're pretty happy with the standings. Coming out fourth among the political blogs is pretty damn good for a two-man show that's barely eighteen months old, and which is notable for usually using too many words rather than too few [what did Jim Steinman say, Too much is never enough?]. Moreover, if you list only the purely Delaware homegrown blogs, as Delmarva Dealings categorizes them, we come in second. It's not a close second, but we'll keep sticking to the old Avis motto.