It is time to look at the status in the blogosphere. I am a blogger and I read pretty many blogs every single day. There are zillions of various blogs in the Internet, but not too many ski blogs. Ok, not exactly. There are hundreds of ski blogs, but most of them are either dead or MFA (Made For AdSense) sites. In this article I provide you a list of top three skiing blogs in the blogosphere. After that you have no need to search anymore, you just got the links to the best blogs, right?
In order to review the ski blogs, let’s define some kind of criteria for a good blog. Because this is not a research, we are satisfied with these simple rules listed below. For a blog being a top ski blog, it must
1. provide readers valuable articles
2. be live and regularly updated
3. be of high quality design and usability
I concentrate in finding live and regularly updated ski blogs that provide readers valuable and interesting articles, and which are high quality blogs from usability and design point of view. With valuable articles I mean those like Janne’s article on skiing in Slovakia. There are of course other ways to review ski blogs, and this type of review could be much more detailed, but this time I provide you a “quick review”. May be a deeper research later on.
Homeboy is certainly the number one skiing blog, but I will not take our own blog into account..
Top 3 Ski Blogs: Skiing Blog #1 – Big Lines
Big Lines is actually more like a website than just a ski blog, but because it is built on top of blog content management system, I consider it as a blog. Big Lines is a fantastic source of skiing information, fabulous pictures and videos. It has a design that rocks and it is pretty well structured to provide high usability. It is not updated regularly, but there are not big gaps between the posts, so new articles appear few times a week. Big Lines provides also gear reviews, news, conditions and event information. There is even a pretty active discussion forum. All in all, Big Lines is my number one blog, even though it is more than just a ski blog.
Top 3 Ski Blogs: Skiing Blog #2 – Lou Dawson’s WildSnow
When it comes to backcountry skiing blogging and information, Lou Dawson’s WildSnow rocks! It is a huge archive of very valuable backcountry skiing information. Lou is specialized in freeskiing gear reviews and he seems to update the blog in regular basis. I almost ranked WildSnow as number one skiing blog, but Lou’s blog suffers from design. There are plenty of blog themes available, and if I was Lou I would change the theme to something more unique design. Anyhow, Lou’s WildSnow skiing blog is just a fantastic freeskiing blog with active editing and good number of readers.
Top 3 Ski Blogs: Skiing Blog #3 – Dave’s Backcountry Skiing Blog
Man, this one I love. Dave’s backcountry skiing blog with BIG pictures. I love Dave’s pictures! They are just stunning. I mean, just look at the this article. Isn’t it just great? As the name says, Dave’s backcountry skiing blog provides real stories of backcountry skiing. Dave seems to be a helluva good freeskier and he goes directly to the top notch places. Man, I wish I could join Dave skiing those steep mountain faces.. Dave’s blog provides very interesting articles on backcountry skiing, but his blog suffers from usability and the narrow scope (just backcountry skiing) and it is not too often updated. These constraints drop Dave’s blog to position three.
[UPDATE 2011] Dave’s Backcountry skiing blog seems to be gone, so I removed the link
What do you think? What is your favorite ski blog?
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