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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Aug 26th, 2006 at 04:35:06 AM EST
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Small, but extraordinary...

Nimble, agile, (insert cliche here)...  ;-)

More seriously, escolar is clearly a lot bigger than us, but in terms of comments per day, we're quite up there.

That's a characteristic of scoop sites, of course, but it shows an engaged community.

My general feeling is that what these figures show, more than anything is smallness that is European blogging in general.

I'd love it if you or anyone could name some big beasts from other languages (like escolar) to throw into the mix to give us some more data on that.

As an addendum, I looked up a couple more "well known" UK bloggers on sitemeter:

Site              Visits this week            
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Tim Worstall          13,862   
Recess Monkey        ?10,000? (estimate)
Guido Fawkes         ?40,000? (estimate)

Unfortunately, there's next to no info about Guido Fawkes blog that can be interpolated to a sitemeter reading. Guido is probably the largest UK political blog outside of the big media sites.

So I looked at this and guessed:

This is a potentially interesting take on UK blog reading from the Times:

http://timesnews.typepad.com/news/2006/08/britains_weblog.html

This is an interesting Lib Dem blog, apparently they are having a competition for Lib Dem blogs.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Aug 26th, 2006 at 05:28:47 AM EST
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Escolar seems to be a clearinghouse of the Spanish [mostly left] blogosphere. I have not been reading it for that long, but he basically seems to post mostly links to other Spanish blogs, with short excerpts [isn't this what Moon of Alabama  does, too?] and occasional posts by Escolar himself. The centre of the universe for the spanish right-wing internet is Libertad Digital, which is not a blog but an online publication run by Federico Jimenez Losantos, the Spanish Rush Limbaugh.

I have to agree with poemless on a parallel thread that we shouldn't underestimate the power of scoop. I am beginning to believe that the reason the UK (and Spain) blogospheres is so poor in the opinion of many here (just my impression of the Spanish one, I'm sure I'll get flamed for it ;-) s the absence of a dedicated scoop site. The I-post-you-comment model of most blogs is generally a very poor debating environment. For instance, IMHO the addition of a comment section did nothing to improve Juan Cole's blog: it was a necessity brought about by the incresing volume of e-mail he was getting. "Celebrity" (e.g. Wallstrom) blogs are even worse in the quality of their comment sections.

Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Sep 2nd, 2006 at 04:58:24 PM EST
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