Thursday, October 26, 2006

Top 5 Aussie consumer tech blogs?

I was asked by a friend today to give my opinion on the top five Australia consumer technology bloggers who are not also journalists. After consulting Gnoos, Paul Woods' TechTalk Top 25 (which uses Technorati) and other sources, this is the list I came up with:

- William Pramana,
- Darren Rowse,
- Mitch Denny,
- Long Zheng,
- Stephen Withers,

I don't think anyone could argue about the first two, and I think the second two are also pretty solid. I would like to see other peoples' lists though, as I am sure there are other worthy candidates of whom I haven't heard. Also, in compiling the names, it struck me that there is a distinct pro-Microsoft bias in the names that keep bobbing up, which is a tribute to the influence of Frank Arrigo in fostering the local blogger community, especially through TechTalkBlogs. However, there still seems to be a gaping hole where there should be more local tech blogs, especially those covering non-Microsoft issues. Or maybe I just haven't seen them yet. Tell me about them!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Cannon-Brookes.

Technorati rank isn't high (mainly because he stopped blogging for a year or so before starting again recently).

But he does run one of the most successful Australian software companies around, and also started Javablogs, which (arguably) got Sun blogging, which (arguably) saved the company.

and a few other qualifications...)

8:37 pm, October 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeff Waugh

8:50 pm, October 26, 2006  
Blogger Paul Montgomery said...

I'm sure Mike and Jeff are fine bloggers, but they're not consumer. Mike blogs about his company and startup issues, while Jeff is a Linux developer (and no, Linux is not consumer!).

8:59 pm, October 26, 2006  
Blogger Long Zheng said...

Wow, I'm extremely honoured to be on that list. I don't know exactly what flaw you in your calculated led to my inclusion, but I appreciate the recognition.

Although at my own despair, I feel that I don't 'truly' deserve the recognition as a consumer tech blog, as I focus heavily on Microsoft.

I'm trying to move into other areas slowly, but it is hard, as few companies out there recognise and support bloggers like Microsoft do.

10:30 pm, October 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure Mike and Jeff are fine bloggers, but they're not consumer.
I don't think they are any different to the Microsoft-centric bloggers you've listed. Mike blogs on Java stuff frequently, and Jeff on Linux stuff. Look at the 5 most recent posts on Mitch's blog:
"Automating the build all the way to the customers.", "How to get jetlag on a domestic flight…", "Architecture vs. Design", "The dial-up experience . . .", and "Three Laws of Software Development?". Compare that to Mike's list: "No more blank squares" (about crosswords), "Pragmatic Clustering", "Apparently I'm that "kind of guy"" and "Test Driven Purchasing".

How is one more "consumer" than the other?

7:45 pm, November 01, 2006  
Anonymous Dan Warne said... does a good job of covering local Apple issues (though you might not think it qualifies as a true blog). ht

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Yeah, gotta say I love problogger, but also lots of non-aussie blogs, like christian pf and - both give great advice about the tech and non-tech side of making money from blogging. Let's face it, we have a smorgaboard of help available so why stick to any one country!?

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