Mathew Lowry

Top 3 languages are EN, FR & DEData from, extracted by BrusselsBlogger, gives some idea of the dominance of English as a blogging language on EU policy.

It is actually probably lower than most in the Brussels Bubble would guess.

The headline figures and a graph follow, or just grab the data (Google spreadsheet).

Total blogs currently followed: 1116

Of this a good number are inactive – regularly pinging blogs for activity should be in my specs for the BloggingPortal reboot.

Total posts curated since 2009: 317676

It would be interesting to investigate further – e.g., how this and the previous figure have evolved over time.

Unsurprisingly, only around 500 of these were manually submitted – i.e., they were not published by a blog ‘followed’ by Bloggingportal.

Linguistic diversity

Just over 50% of the posts were published in blogs classified as English.

2 graphs of posts by languageBloggingportal does not currently classify individual posts by language. If a multi-author, multi-lingual blog is classified ‘English’ when it’s entered into the system, all posts from that blog will be classified (and displayed as) ‘English’, no matter what language they’re written in.

The reboot will tackle this via automatic language detection.

The next five languages accounted for almost 38% (graph, top): French (14.6%), German (11.7%), Swedish (4.1%), Spanish (3.7%) and Polish (3.4%).

The remaining 11.7% – some 37000 posts – were classified as one of another 15 languages (graph, bottom).


Make of this what you will, but I for one am surprised by the sheer volume, particularly given the fact that the entire thing was done purely on volunteer labour.

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  1. Just had a quick look: the number of aggregated items is relatively constant over the years.

    But a more accurate answer would need to take into account the number of blogs, or even the number of active blogs.

  2. Thanks for the extra info.

    I guess that if the number of blogs aggregated has climbed from zero to over 1100 in 4 years, but the number of posts has stayed steady(ier), then:
    – churn is high – i.e., a lot of blogs start, and then stop
    – the posting frequency has dropped

    I suspect both.

    This all brings back an idea I first floated a few years back – to come up with a BloggingPortal Index to measure the ‘health’ of the EU online public space. It’d be a composite metric, built from indicators such as the number and activity of blogs, comments, shares, linguistic diversity, etc.

    It’s in the specs as a Nice to Have, but I haven’t actually gotten around to figuring out the details. All suggestions welcome.

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