I talked about Blogging Second Life last week, a blog about Second Life blogs put together by Evelyn Hartshon and Cajsa Lilliehook, and here's a pretty incredible stat: By Ms. Lilliehook's estimate, there are some 2000 individual blogs devoted to Second Life.
Here's Cajsa drilling down on that estimate: "There are currently 1564 individual bloggers with 340 more blogs to add [to their list]. Some of those blogs have multiple bloggers and so there will be over 1900 bloggers. Some bloggers blog on multiple blogs - as many as 3 or 4. So I think a good guess is 1900 to 2000 blogs. And of course, more keep adding and I am sure I have only a small percentage of the foreign language blogs since reaching out to the foreign language bloggers is complicated." I know for a fact there a lot of Brazilian, Japanese, and Italian language SL blogs, for instance, so that 2000 number may be an estimation on the conservative side.
Most of them, she reports, are about Second Life fashion:
"There are more women's [fashion] blogs than anything else. About 1200." Second most popular category: Freebie blogs (announcements and links for free content giveaways in SL). Third mostpopular, according to Cajsa: Men's fashion. (In the latter category, Iris blogged about many male fashion blogs recently here, and readers shared many more in Comments.)"
"It seems that there are more and more blogs that have pictures with no text -- highlighting new releases, hunts and other events. I assume one of the reasons is the international nature of the SL fashion community and the natural desire to be able to communicate with a larger, English-speaking audience of SL fashion followers."
From Cajsa Lilliehook's perspective, about 10-15% of the total are notable:
"New blogs start all the time, most of them not particularly interesting or unique," as she puts it. "I add them all because the purpose is to document them all - not to winnow. If I were curating the Best of the Blogs - I think there would be about 200 - 300 good ones. That's not to say the rest are all bad, they are simply average. I don't like to call any of them bad blogs, because there is an audience for anything."
Surprisingly (to me), snarky SL fashion blogs are not very common. "The least common SL blog is the anonymous What the Fug type. Which," says Cajsa Lilliehook, "probably says something good about SL."Tweet