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December 18, 2006 11:27 AM

Best Blogs of 2006

Posted by Tricia Duryee

And, no, sadly Tech Tracks didn't make the cut....

But, here's an entire list of winners in categories such as Best Blog, Best Liberal Blog, Best Conservative Blog, Best Photo Blog, Best Asian Blog, etc.

The best blog was the "Daily Kos," written by 35-year-old Markos Moulitsas ZĂșniga, who ponders political topics.

Nowadays, the blog receives about 20 million unique visits a month, he claims.

How do you become such a popular blogger?

He offers tips:

So how does a site get listed? Be noticed. Make a stir. Don't regurgitate the contents of a news story, but provide perspective or additional insight. Be clever, funny, original. Get away from the default templates. Get away from Blogspot. Create your own identity. Your own domain. Have attitude. Be self-confident. Participate in the comment boards at dKos or MyDD or Atrios or any number of other sites (a great way to demonstrate your writing acumen). Participate in group weblogs like Stand Down or the Political State Report.

These are good tips to have as the number of new blogs being created (about 100,000 a day) slows. With fewer being started, perhaps it will be easier to grab attention?

Gartner is predicting that blogging will peak in the first half of next year when the number of active blogs will level out at around 100 million.

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