July 15th, 2004

Fishy Circumstances

Weblogging trends

An hour of webtrawling is hardly an exercise in comprehensive research, but some things about the sorts of weblogs out there have certainly changed in the past six months. As usual, I was looking for more possible updates to the list of medievalists with weblogs I maintain.

If you happen to know of any I haven't included yet who should be on the list, let me know.

  • There are far more blogs-as-coursework than there used to be. I ran across a large handful of course weblogs which discussed Chaucer or Gawain or other Major Medieval Author as a duty. Such weblogs generally cover four months of updates and then are abandoned.
  • I found very few new weblogs by medievalists by using a number of different search terms on Google. This has been a useful method for me before, but not this time. Either I need to work on my random keyword selection, or Google isn't indexing as it used to. More likely, both. Also, perhaps the number of medievalists making new weblogs about their work is plateauing, or, in fact, in decline. If they are making new weblogs at all, they are not connecting with any of the existing communities of medievalists online.
  • Few of the medievalists whose weblogs I already browse now and again had added to their own lists of weblogs they followed with any new medievalists. I only found one new site that way.

Along the way, however, I did run across another local weblog compilation: U of T Blogs. For those of you who enjoy geographically-centered online web-browsing, there's also GTA Bloggers.