Indie-Mainstream Blogs Never Scaled in Toronto

MouseI enjoy following Scroll on Twitter because he's always thinking aloud about the new media and traditional media and how the two should coexist. Earlier today, he made the following tweet:

I will peg the current number of active Twittererers in the Greater Toronto Area at 8,000; too high/low/what?

I actually think 8,000 is a pretty good guess. I took Scroll's opening and threw him a question I've been pondering since September. How many active blogs are there in the GTA? Scroll responded:

@torontomike no way the number in Toronto who actively maintained a decent hobby blog ever passed 500; trumped by Facebook; now must be <100

Scroll thinks there are less than a 100 active bloggers in the GTA. Why so few?

@torontomike always lots of fiddling or niches but the # doing it as an indie-mainstream "broadcast" never scaled here; maybe mommy bloggers

I'm glad I hedged my bets by picking up TorontoMommy.com.

It's time for a census. GTA bloggers, post your links below!


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Daniel

I live in the GTA and my blog is at http://blog.bonetree.net/

March 30, 2009 @ 5:14 PM



Toronto Mike

I think he's right. I'll bet there are less than 100 blogs in the GTA that are still maintained/updated/active.

Facebook and Twitter have knocked the casual bloggers out of the blogosphere.

How many active GTA bloggers do you know of, Jason? I've been in this game for seven years and I can think of about a dozen.

March 30, 2009 @ 6:07 PM

Toronto Mike

And by maintained/updated/active you know what I mean. I just visited the old gtabloggers.com site in the wayback machine @ http://web.archive.org/web/20061029131817/http://www.gtabloggers.com/ and there are over a hundred blogs listed there from 2006.

I clicked a bunch of the links there and most are no longer updated or dead.

I'm sincerely interested in how many half-decent blogs are still maintained in this city.

March 30, 2009 @ 6:30 PM

Burgundy

Fantana, one of the bloggers for www.stayclassy.net lives in Toronto.

March 30, 2009 @ 6:40 PM

jason | getyouroj.com

Mike,

I am also interested. You might be right, there may be less than 100. I was going to suggest starting at GTAbloggers, but it may very well be that only 2% of those blogs are active, if that. I haven't checked.

There may be less than 100. It depends what counts too; are there 100 livejournal bloggers from Toronto? Probably. Do those count as blogs?

There's probably at least 50, and another 50 on MySpace who blog at least semi-regularily..

As far as 'proper' blogs go.. well I'm not sure those aren't proper blogs...

but an idea might be to get everyone to name all they Toronto blogs they visit or for that matter have even hearrd of and see what's on that list.

then, get all those bloggers to write about how Toronto deserves a better music festival this summer!

I'll get back to you with my list of Toronto bloggers.

March 30, 2009 @ 7:31 PM

Toronto Mike

We won't discriminate based on CMS, LJ and MySpace blogs would qualify.

Non blogging readers, please drop the urls of GTA blogs you follow, in addition to this one.

The three I lend a hand to, in addition to this one, are:

http://www.torontomommy.com
http://www.humblehoward.com
http://www.canadianthinker.com

March 30, 2009 @ 8:57 PM



The_Voice

I would be updating http://blog.pgvildys.com , but I lost access to the server, and since the entire backend was written by me, and I never got around to writing the "edit a post" and "delete a post" capabilities, everything is all or nothing.

March 30, 2009 @ 10:12 PM



woodpeck

http://www.thehillsarealive.ca
woodpeck writes about all the sports in the 3rd person.

March 31, 2009 @ 7:17 AM

codexofdreams

It's not strictly Torontonian content, but I do my best :)

www.codexofdreams.blogspot.com

March 31, 2009 @ 9:13 AM

Toronto Mike

Raymi thinks I copied this idea from her, but I think she copied it from me, since my "how many active bloggers are there in the GTA" entry was from last September.

Anyway, she's an active Toronto blogger at http://raymitheminx.com .

March 31, 2009 @ 9:38 AM

sweet jimmy swinghammer

current active gta blogger from bowmanville - sometimes relevant often reviled ridiculous random and always painfully self indulgent - check it out - don't make me come over there - www.sweetjimmyswinghammer.blogspot.com

March 31, 2009 @ 11:31 AM

MadMal

A blog about life in the GTA

March 31, 2009 @ 11:58 AM

stephanie

A collaborative project featuring photographs, art of all kinds, music, books, short stories, diaries, etc.

Check it!

http://sleepingundermybed.blogspot.com/

March 31, 2009 @ 12:08 PM

CQ

Another local blog which I continue to read is
Impudent Strumpet
.
I'm also hoping that Crazy Biker Chick actively returns.

March 31, 2009 @ 12:26 PM


mister anchovy

Har...I may run a blog, but I can't seem to write a link...blog is called mister anchovy's, and everyone is welcome.

March 31, 2009 @ 8:04 PM

James Edgar

I just started one yesterday. really. I have no idea what it's about yet.

http://redbandit14.blogspot.com/

April 1, 2009 @ 1:25 PM

James Edgar

Oh as for following. Fred,Humble,Toronto Mike and down goes brown.
And a crazy right wing blog called The lasso of truth. http://www.lassooftruth.com/ I often don't agree but it's good reading sometimes and she post cheesecake pics all the time.

April 1, 2009 @ 1:29 PM

Laura-Lynn Petrick

I co-write with Brianne Burnell a photography blog, Garbage Museum.

http://garbagemuseum.blogspot.com

April 1, 2009 @ 1:50 PM

mforbes

a few more Toronto based blogs worth reading:

Hockey
www.blackdoghatesskunks.com
www.mc79hockey.com
www.sportsandthecity.com

Tech
www.kevinrestivo.com

Transit/Planning/Politics
www.stevemunro.ca

Arts/Culture
www.zoilus.com
www.photojunkie.ca

April 2, 2009 @ 12:17 AM


CQ

I forgot to list Chuckman's other collection -link is only for April 2009 page. It's a local historical postcard blog.

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