Metroblogging Toronto Snubbed by Toronto LIfe


In last months issue of Toronto Life there was a small blurb comparing Toronto’s four major blogs BlogTO, SpacingToronto, Torontoist and Torontopedia. The Torontoist was good enough to post about it. To my surprise Metroblogging Toronto was left out. I could see why maybe MB Toronto did not make the list but here are a few reasons why Toronto blog readers should get to know MB Toronto a little bit more.

MB Toronto has been around just as long as the big three (Is Torontopedia a blog or information/Wiki site that anyone can edit?), posting our first post on October 1st 2004.

So far, in the month of October we have had over 12 000 visiters viewing over 19 000 pages.

Now how big is the Metroblogging Network? The MB network is a global network spanning across 50 countries across the world. Some contributing world wide cities include: Bangkok, Karachi, Manila, London, Paris, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro. There are over 30 US cities that include the big ones New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and San Francisco. The Canadian content includes Montreal, Vancouver and us, Toronto. Click here for a full list.

Who is reading MB Toronto posts? When we look at the stats it’s mostly our friends south of the border checking out what’s happening in and around our city. So far in October, of the 19 000 visited pages roughly 14 000 were visited by Americans while only 1560 were Canadians. So from the looks of it we don’t seem to be too popular with our own but a great resource of others around the world.

Are we Hippster Yuppies, Geeks who seem to know everything or next-gen Jane Jacobites ready for urban transformation? Maybe a little of each but for sure we are regular Torontonians who love to write about our city no matter what the issue.

So why were we not included on Toronto Life’s list of Major Toronto Blogs? Who knows and who cares. We seem to be doing well for ourselves, the numbers show people are interested in what we have to say. So a big shout out goes to the regulars who continuously stop by for a visit. Thanks, you’re what keeps us going. Tell us what you think, holla back…

5 Comments so far

  1. talk talk talk (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 10:49 am

    Good question! Do we have the diversity of subject matter of the other blogs or more? Are we as regularly updated? Do they load into the browser faster? Or is the answer in the stats: Americans always know a good Canadian thing before Canadians are willing to admit it?

  2. Anthrax (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 11:23 am

    Its not flashy enough needs more pictures and junk!

  3. Garnigal (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

    What in the world is a “Jane Jacobite”? I rather thought the Jacobites went out of favour at the Battle of Culloden.

  4. Christina (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

    Most of your city links above are pointing to Bangkok. ???

  5. alden (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

    Thanks Christina. Changes were made. See what happens when we forget to save changes. This time they’re saved…

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