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!
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Yes, I know what your thinking … I don’t know how that’s possible either.
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:
- I didn’t technically know what I was doing
- I didn’t know what I was going to talk about
- I ignore every basic grammar rule that exists (they do exist don’t they?)
- I was afraid of sounding stupid and embarrassing myself (which is still true)
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:
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.