I’m Number 3! (or 46 if you’re picky)

Bob Borson —  July 14, 2011 — 18 Comments

I'm Number 3!

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My arm is killing me from from all the gratuitous back patting I’ve been giving myself since I found out that … ahem… my site www.LifeofanArchitect.com  is the 3rd most popular architectural blog site in the world!

[echoing]   the world    the world    world     world      world  

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Yes, I know what your thinking … I don’t know how that’s possible either.

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When I was in New York last fall I had the good fortune of meeting John Hill, who writes and maintains the website A Daily Dose of Architecture . Meeting him was a big deal for me because John has been blogging about architecture longer than just about anyone else. At the time of our meeting, I hadn’t been at this for very long and getting a chance to meet another architect who could answer my questions was tremendously exciting. I am bringing this up as a way of introducing a post John wrote on his site that ran this Tuesday (July 12, 2011) that compiled a list of the most heavily trafficked English language architectural websites.

I have mentioned this a few times before but when I started writing Life of an Architect, it was simply part of the process of learning something new. I did’t know if anybody would ever read it because:

    1. I didn’t technically know what I was doing
    2. I didn’t know what I was going to talk about
    3. I ignore every basic grammar rule that exists (they do exist don’t they?)
    4. I was afraid of sounding stupid and embarrassing myself (which is still true)
Yet here we are, 276 posts and exactly 18 months later, and I’m still sitting on the couch making stuff up while trying to write about what I do as an architect. It might not seem like that big of a deal considering that I’m #3 and that’s only if you qualify it by putting it in a fairly restrictive group defined as “architectural blogs”and “writen by dudes with white hair”. Given my original goals, I’ll gladly take #3 world ranking and thanks to all the people who visit this site, leave comments, send emails – all that stuff – you are the folks who give me thee will to go on when I am lying in bed wondering “what the hell am I doing?” Sometimes I hate it but I’ve got nothing but love to spread today.

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I have migrated the list John put together on his site down below. If you are ever looking for an extensive list of websites with architectural content, this is a good place to start. The rankings below are based on data collected on Alexa, and are based on Alexa’s Global Traffic Rank for July 11, 2011; their rank is a measure of a site’s popularity over the past three months based on the combination of visitors and pageviews.

A website was considered for inclusion if architecture is either its main focus or one of its major subject areas; this is not meant to be an exclusive list, but one that acknowledges the presence of cross-disciplinary writing and browsing online. Therefore design sites are found alongside architecture sites. The websites are categorized and presented below in a sortable list; just click on the black-bar heading to sort alphabetically by website or type. The types are defined as follows:

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Blog – Architecture: Weblog or eZine authored by one or more people focused exclusively on architecture.

Blog – Design: Weblog or eZine authored by one or more people that looks at design in general, featuring architecture among other disciplines.

Competitions: Listings of architecture competitions and related topics.

Database: Fairly exhaustive listing of buildings.

Forum: An internet message board where registered users can post comments in subject threads.

Organization: The homepage of an organization related to architecture.

Profiles: Listing of architect and related profiles.

Publication: Online website of a print publication.

Social Networking: Social media platforms featuring user-generated content.

 

Just because I know someone is going to ask, if you sort the list by type, you will see that I am the 3rd site listed under ‘Blog – Architecture’ so that’s why I am celebrating my bronze medal of architectural blogging.

I’d like to thank John for putting this table together and letting me share it with you on my site (he’s very gracious that way). If you would like to see John’s original post of the top 66 (and learn why there’s only 66 on this list), you can find it here.

Thanks for accommodating me by sufffering through today’s post – it was incredibly self indulgent and didn’t offer much. I promise next week will be full of interesting posts.

Finally, I would really like to say thank you again all of the people who visit my site – I have about 100 corny bumper sticker worthy phrases I could stick in here but I am going to take a rare pass and simply say thank you.

Cheers.

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  • http://twitter.com/TheJanvin Janvin Lowe

    Great compilation of blogs! Ouch!  Well, great job on snatching up 3… errr 46! ;)

  • http://archialternative.com/ Albert

    Well done, Bob. You deserve it…

  • Davidnath

    Hey, well done!

    Wish I’d found this site sooner as I have a lot of backtrack reading to do, but enjoying it all the same. Great job and thanks!

  • Richard

    “….only if you qualify it by putting it in a fairly restrictive group defined as “architectural blogs”and “writen by dudes with white hair.””.

    Great, restrictive categories… I wonder where I’ll end up rated since I’m a balding middle age white guy with bad knees…this is so exciting…

     Bob, congrats on being number 3…or is it 46…Job well down….Even if you didn’t mean it! ;-)

  • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

    Thanks everyone – its really a bit of a shock but I am happy about it all the same. There is a great community here and I am lucky to be a part of it.

  • http://twitter.com/JoeBrewer Joe Brewer

    It was 1 year ago this month I searched Google for “pros and cons of being an architect”.  I found both items on this blog….and I have read every post here.  After much soul searching, my wife and I are selling our house and I’m leaving a successful career to pursue a B.Arch and an M.Arch next fall. 

    So now we know who to blame when I graduate and realize there are no jobs :-)  Seriously though, whether you’re number 1, 3, or 46 realize that the content on this site actually adds value to people’s lives.  Thanks for the hard work. 

  • http://twitter.com/JoeBrewer Joe Brewer

    It was 1 year ago this month I searched Google for “pros and cons of being an architect”.  I found both items on this blog….and I have read every post here.  After much soul searching, my wife and I are selling our house and I’m leaving a successful career to pursue a B.Arch and an M.Arch next fall. 

    So now we know who to blame when I graduate and realize there are no jobs :-)  Seriously though, whether you’re number 1, 3, or 46 realize that the content on this site actually adds value to people’s lives.  Thanks for the hard work. 

  • architectrunnerguy

    Congrats Bob!! Next year it’s #1!

    Doug

    • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

      Hah! getting to #3 has just about killed me. I think I am the only site on that list that is maintained and written all by one person. I might be maxed out

      • http://www.mowerymarsh.com/ Mowery Marsh

        Yes, I’ve been wondering for quite some time how you manage all your online activity and still find time to do some architecture?!  Between the posts, and comments, and twittering and facebooking, and linkedin, and blah blah blah… it’s really remarkable.  Good to see all your effort is appreciated!

  • Marie Ann

    Congratulations Bob! Nice job :).

  • Mays_steve

    Congratulations Bob!

  • Anonymous

    Congrats!!! Higher than BLDGBLOG even! Couldnt happen to a better guy!

  • Larry Bloom, AIA

    Thoroughly impressed Bob!!! Congratulations! I think its cool just to see who’s below you: Architect Magazine, ASLA, Arbitare, Metropolis. I think the greatest thing about your blog is that just about anyone can read it; you don’t have to be an architectural snob. It’s enjoyable, humorous, sometimes thought-provoking, and it’s nice to have a “real life” connection while reading. You bring a genuine architect’s life…to life. Thanks.

    • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

      very nice of you to say – thanks

  • Anonymous

    Congrats Bob. Ill be happy if my blog becomes half of what this one is.

  • http://twitter.com/jolocktov JoAnn Locktov

    Bravo Mr. Borson!

  • http://twitter.com/TheKozmicWitch The Kozmic Witch

    Congratulations Bob! :)