The List: How and Why

Now that we have our very own Top 100 Blog List there are bound to be questions and opinions streaming in from all corners of the Internet. This article is a preemptive post to answer what we feel are the two biggest questions. Why we made the list, and how we made the list.

Why did we feel we needed to make a blog list?
The short answer is that we couldn’t find one. We were looking at different language blogs and talking about which our favorites were and why. To make our discussion more colorful we wanted to compare our favorites with a toplist. When we couldn’t find one, at least one that covered our category we decided to make one!

How did we make the list?
We sifted through some 300 blogs relating to language and learning. Each blog was looked over and ranked with a number of points. No system is perfect, but we based our ranking on objective values, which were assigned according to the blog’s content and features.

We identified three main categories: content, consistency and interactivity. We know that no ranking is 100% accurate and always somewhat subjective. Still, we feel that these three categories give a good overall view of how good a blog really is.

Content: No need to explain that the reader appreciates good content. This category took into account what type of content the blog featured. We looked for authored and original content, depth of postings, incorporation of multimedia (such as videos, pictures etc.) and reviews of online tools and websites.

Consistency: A blog is about sharing information in a fast and uncomplicated way. The articles are not like research papers you work months on. People want to read something new every time they visit a blog. Therefore, we looked at if the blog was active, and if so, how active. Frequent postings gave a higher score as well as the regularity of postings.

Interactivity: In our opinion a good blog is not a one-way street but involves the readers as well. The most observable feature is comments, but it doesn’t stop there: Can the user contact the blogger via a contact page, Facebook or similar? Can the user follow the blogger via Twitter or RSS-Feed or share the blog with others via a bookmark button? There are many neat functions that make a blog more interactive.

Did we get it wrong?
If you feel we botched the ranking visit our voting page here and vote for your favorite!

Missing a blog?
If you are missing a blog on the Top 100 then check this article for the list of all 250 ranked blogs.

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32 thoughts on “The List: How and Why”

  1. Thanks for putting The English Blog at the top of your Top 100 List. I feel very honoured! Good luck with your own blog project. I look forward to reading in English and French.

  2. Merci mille fois! I’m really flattered to have “Bringing up Baby Bilingual” included among such impressive peers. And I can’t wait to visit the other top 100, most of which I’m not familiar with yet.

    Are any of you (writers or readers or fellow bloggers) raising your children with more than one language? If so, I’d love to profile your families on my blog. Take a look at the ones I’ve done on “Bringing up Baby Bilingual” by clicking on the label “Profiles” in my sidebar. If anyone’s interested, please write to me at babybilingual (at) gmail (dot) com!

  3. I noticed your visits a little while ago, but when I clicked the link, I came to a dead end. Today I decided to try via Google, and I found you!

    I feel most honored, and I thank you for adding my blog to your list, and I will return the favor first thing tomorrow morning.

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  5. Hi,
    I just stopped by to say a big thank you for including my translation blog “fidus interpres” on your 100 Blog List. I appreciate it and am proud of it — all the more so because many of the blogs on the list are also my personal best language blogs!

  6. Thanks for including Cuaderno Intercultural on your Top Blog List.. We are proud to be among such stimulating peers!!!

  7. I’m honored and frankly floored that you included “Musings from an overworked translator” in your Top 100 Blog list. I’ve only been at this two months, so this is a huge honor and validation that I’m not just doing this for my mother. Also, thank you also for making me #69. I was born in the Summer of ’69, so it has special significance. 🙂

  8. Thanks for listing Dragon Fruit in your Top 100. 🙂

    Unfortunately, I deleted that blog a few weeks ago as I no longer had the time for it. It might be worth making a note of that on your list as people are just going to click through to an error page.

  9. Hm, I’m missing If there’s one blog that deserves a place, it’s that one.

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  11. Congratulations for the great work you have done!!! Sometimes when you try to look for languages blogs on the net, you get lost! This list make the search easier!

  12. You might like to take a look at my blog ‘Grammar for Grown-ups’. It covers basic grammar and challenges the perennial assertions of the language mavens.

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