Perceptive readers of this architecture blog will have noticed a beribboned badge, or the image thereof, in the upper right corner of the home page. It reads: “Top 100 Achitecture Blogs,” signalling that Architecture Here and There has been selected to rest its laurels among this select centurion of blogs that think about the queen of the arts.
Selected, that is, by Feedspot, which “lets you read all of your favorite blogs in one place.” Feedspot allows you to press a button and get, every day, a selection of posts from the 100 best architecture blogs. Feedspot was created by Anuj Agarwal, who, in consultation with his staff, has also selected the 100 best blogs in fashion, education, business, marketing, health, lifestyle, sports, culture, DIY (Do It Yourself?) and hobby. That must have been a lot of work.
The top architecture blog is that of Architectural Digest. The worst of the best 100, at the bottom, is Architects for Urbanity, which sounds good to me, but I suspect that there are really very few actual “architects for urbanity.” But there seem to be other blogs that are trying to horn in on this category, as the top 100 now includes a total of 109 architecture blogs. I wonder how many there are in all, although that may be impossible to know. I have asked Anuj but he has not got back to me get. AHAT will edit this post if it learns more detail on the 100 best. In any event, AHAT is proud to be on the list.
AHAT – that’s the acronym for Architecture Here and There – may rank only No. 58 among the top 100 architecture blogs, but readers are entitled to suspect that AHAT is No. 1 among architecture blogs that have, as a rule, nice things to say about new classical architecture and mean things to say about modern architecture. Perusal of the competing architecture blogs reveals none whose blogmeisters approach the subject from that point of view, though the perusal has not exactly been scientific or even complete.
The rankings are arrived at by Agarwal through a set of factors in which AHAT admits to doing rather poorly. As a blog, it is hopeful that the factor that sets it above many others is “quality and consistency of posts” more so than how well it fares at getting itself noticed by Google, or how ubiquitous it is on Facebook and Twitter.