Sunday, May 19, 2013

Some observations on Ottawa's blogosphere

Readers of this site will have noticed that I have cut back on my blogging in the past couple of weeks.  A combination of being out of town and busy with other responsibilities led me to take a week off, and then in the subsequent week repost some of my recent Tour de blogosphere columns for Apartment613.

Hopefully I will return to regular blogging soon.  In the meantime, I want to take this opportunity to make some observations about local bloggers.  If someone were to ask you what were the most popular blogging subjects in the the National Capital Region what would you respond? (By "popular" I mean the largest number of blogs that focus on a specific subject).

Hockey?  To my surprise, I have discovered that hockey blogs only make up a tiny portion of the chatter in our region's blogosphere.  How about politics?  Again, political blogs are a small minority.  So what are the themes that are most covered by area bloggers?  Number one, without a doubt, is photography.  Photo-blogs are by far and away the most popular type of blog in the city.  Number two would be food-related blogs, which contain, among other things, recipes, restaurant reviews, weight-loss information and/or other culinary discussions.

The number three spot is more difficult to determine.  If had to guess I would say that living/family blogs take the bronze medal, although I need to do further research to know this for sure.  In the meantime, I have found a lot of blogs on music, art-related themes and, to my surprise, fashion.  Given Ottawa's supposedly bland sense of style, I was intrigued to discover that there are many local bloggers talking about the latest fashion trends.

In the future, I plan to write a series of posts that highlight some of the conclusions that I have reached after reviewing hundreds of blogs from the National Capital Region.  Until then, I am going to enjoy the rest of the long weekend!

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you, there are a lot of quality regional photo blogs. Quite a few foodies too.