State of Sunshine moving up ranks of Most Influential Blogs

Blog Net News Florida is a blog ‘aggregator’ taking feeds from political blogs across the state and provides one place you can read some of the posts. Here is how they describe themselves:

Our launch version offers these features:

1. The day’s top news based solely on what news stories Florida bloggers are linking to — no matter what mainstream news source they’re in.
2. A micro search engine that will only search the Florida blogosphere.
3. A quick guide to the hottest blog comment sections in Florida.
4. A quick index of the day’s most active Florida blogs.
5. A guide to the blog posts most link to by other Florida bloggers.

In one place, in one minute, you’ll get an update on what’s going on across the blogosphere. And your readers will be able to find the best Florida content, not based on random voters or some editors choices, but based on the real actions of Florida bloggers and their readers.

In addition to this aggregaton, they developed a proprietary ranking system:

BNN’s Florida Blogosphere Influence Rating combines a variety of data sets to determine which blogs are most powerfully influencing the direction of the Florida political blogosphere. The exact method BNN uses to calculate influence scores must remain proprietary in order to prevent attempts to game the system. BNN’s methodology takes into account the fact that all Internet data is profoundly limited in its reliability by using multiple data sets that, when combined, reveal a fair picture of activity in the blogosphere.

Well, the State of Sunshine has moved up to #5 in the list. Here is the Top 20 as of post time:

1 The Buzz
2 Pushing Rope
3 Sticks of Fire
4 Florida Progressive Coalition
5 State of Sunshine
6 Central Florida Political Pulse
7 Babalu
8 Naked Politics
9 Bark Bark Woof Woof
10 Q: Florida Politics
11 The Political Whore
12 March On Politics
13 Penny for Pinellas
14 PEER Review FL
15 Talk To Me
16 Out in Left Field
17 Pensito Review
19 Interstate4Jamming
20 Florida Cracker

I read most of these others every day, and you should, too. I will be adding the others over the weekend. There are a lot of good political bloggers – I just wish more of them were Republican.

I’m also the “highest rated” blog on BNN… and, no I didn’t rate myself. But I appreciate those who do rate me, though.

Of course, patting ourselves on the back is fun… and might not carry a lot of weight outside the blogosphere. But seeing my blog ‘ranked’ ahead of some published by main stream media (Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Tampa Tribune) is a little gratifying. Plus, I’m in PR – I kinda have to brag about myself, right?

About Jim Johnson

Editor and publisher of The State of Sunshine.
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