Christina Laun has just posted the Top 100 Anthropology Blogs [edit: link removed at request of Open Universities because of their link seeking practices] over at Open Universities.com. We’re at #11 (arranged by subfield and several other groupings, not according to any particular metric) and our friends at Culture Matters are at #22 (if by ‘friends’ I can mean ‘the other collective anthro blog I belong to’).
What was interesting to me about this list though was the sheer number and variety of things happening out there, the range of anthropology weblogs, and the realization that there were many of these that I have visited but don’t look at regularly enough. There’s a lot of good ideas getting posted and discussed online, and some pockets of creative discussion that would be invisible (to me at least) if it were not for online publishing.
Around the anthro internets, there’s been some discussion of this list, so I should update. First, there’s some serious oversights. For example, I had to amend this posting when it was brought to my attention that, somehow, Greg Laden’s Blog didn’t make this list (Great Googly-Moogly, man, what were they thinkin’!?). Three others that I’m less familiar with, but shouldn’t have been left off because they’re both quite active are Archaeoastronomy, Abnormal Interests, and Museum 2.0. I’m not going to look it up, but I’m particularly surprised that the first was left off because I seem to recall regular contributions at Four Stone Hearth from Archaeoastronomy.
All of these three blogs are very active, with substantial original material, so I’m not sure how they escaped the net for pulling in the Top 100. I’m not one to judge, but I think they might be more influential and well read than a few on the list. So don’t miss these three if you’re out looking for anthropology online.
h/t: Coturnix and Afarensis at A Blog Around the Clock for the update.