For information on the Guinness World Records, please visit Guinness World Records
When I was growing up, the Guinness World Book of Records was one of our most popular toys. We would read through the book and be dazzled by the most mountains climbed, the highest elevation flown, and the greatest weight lifted. We would be shocked by the longest gum chewer, pogo stick bouncer, and ear, nose, and throat stretcher. Contests were held all over the world to attract the attention of Guinness World Record keepers, just to get in the book. It brought out the ugliest, tallest, fattest, biggest feet, longest arms, longest hair, longest fingernails, and oldest into the public eye to be recognized for their….achievements.
The competition to be the biggest, largest, fattest, hottests, mostests and bettests at common or uncommon tasks got me thinking about the war of the blogs and search engine placement. While Guinness holds the record for human achievements, who are the record keepers of blog achievements?
Let me add that I have found none of these to be the clear and definitive “best of” list. These are based upon a variety of “best” qualifications that range from most traffic, highest link popularity, part of a networked system (signed up for their services), nominated and voted, and other more random criteria. Consider these examples of the competition set up around blogs rather than true “world record winners”.
- Bloglines Top Blog Feeds (members only – based on feed access)
- Bloglines Top Blogs by Link Popularity (members only – based on links to member sites)
- Blog Street Top 100 Blogs (members only – based on listing in blogrolls)
- DayPop Top Blogs (Citations and Referrals)
- Technorati Popular Top Blogs (member only – based on link popularity)
- Top Filipino Blogs (member only)
- BlogPulse Top Weblog Group (Link Popularity)
- BlogShares Top 100 Blogs (a play on the stockmarket of blogs)
- The Truth Laid Bear – Top Blogs by Traffic Rating (member only – based on traffic)
- Top British Blogs (members only – traffic)
- Truth Laid Bear – Most Popular Blog in the Ecosystem (member only – traffic based – unique level shown by food chain equivalencies)
- Forbes Best Blogs Listings – Annual Report by Category (wide range of criteria)
- BlogDex – Top Blogs (member only – link popularity)
- Best Blogs in Asia (member only)
- Washington Post – 2004 Best Blogs – Politics and Elections Readers Choice Awards (vote)
- Reporters Without Borders – Best blogs defending freedom of expression (voted)
- Bloogz Rank Top Blogs (vistors and link popularity)
- Eatonweb Top 50 Blogs (ranking)
- BBC News Technology – Best Blogs of the Web (voted)
Guinness doesn’t yet have a category for blog, blogging, or blogger. This opens the whole area of blog record breakers. If you know of any contests that resulted in record breaking in any of the following, please let me know so we can spread the word that there are more records to break with blogs.
- Longest non-stop blogging
- Longest blog entry
- Longest blog entry about only one subject
- Shortest blog entry about only one subject
- Longest single sentence representing an entire blog entry
- Best writing in a blog
- Best photography in a photoblog
- Most educational blog
- Funniest blog
- Funniest blog entry
- Most people blogging at the same time on a single blog site
- Most blogs owned and maintained by only one person
- Most money made on a single blog in on day, one month, or one year
- Most unusual method of blogging
- Fattest blogger
- Skinniest blogger
- Blogger blogging against the most overwhelming challenges
- Blogger blogging consistently from the highest elevation
- Blogger blogging consistently from the hottest place on the planet
- Blogger blogging consistently from the coldest place on the planet
- What other extreme record breaking blogging should be listed?
NOTE: Due to the overwhelming number of comments on this post asking for my help to get people’s attempts at world records into the Guinness World Records, something I know nothing about and has nothing to do with this post, I’m turning off comments. For information on the Guinness World Records, please visit Guinness World Records. and please, in the future, learn to read before commenting. Or at least read How Not to Comment on Comments.