Recently I received notification from Feedspot, an RSS reader service, that my blog had been selected as one of the Top 100 Hiking Blogs on the web.
According to their site, blog selection is based on the following criteria:
- Google reputation and Google search ranking
- Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
- Quality and consistency of posts
- Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review
Being suspicious by nature, my first thought was is this a scam or marketing ploy. So I’m ranked #62, what does that mean and who cares?
It is indeed a marketing ploy, but to be fair they do offer a one-year free trial.
Feedspot updates their stats weekly, so who knows how long I’ll be on the list but it’s an easy way to check out blogs others seem to like.
With many familiar names on the Top 100 Hiker Blog List, this notification gave me the opportunity to introduce you to some of my favorites and to thank them for the content they provide. You can subscribe directly to their blogs if you aren’t a fan of an RSS service such as Feedspot.
#1 Section Hiker – It doesn’t surprise me to find Philip Werner in the #1 spot. His reviews, recommendations and educational posts are top notch.
#13 The Hiking Life – Cam “Swami” Honan is a man of international travel with more miles on his legs than most anyone I know.
#42 Walking with Wired – Erin “Wired” Saver may be the most well known blogger besides Section Hiker in the world of social media. Wired provides extremely detailed blogs of long trails. Her willingness to share and mentor is unparalleled in this regard.
#45 Lady on a Rock – Christy “Rockin'” Rosander was my first blog addiction. I think she was one of the first to open her knowledge banks of experience by creating a very useful blog. Not only does she inspire through her physically demanding adventures, but leads by example through her creation of tHInK outsidE, an educational module for kids.
#57 Bike Hike Safari – Brad “Shepherd” McCartney is a man of action. In many ways his lifestyle mirrors mine. He worked hard, saved harder and is now living life on the move.
#76 The Mountains are Calling – Mary “Monkey Bars” Emerick shares tidbits of her hikes, just enough to entice others to get out and explore, but the difference between hers and many other blogs like mine, is that she’s a published author and wordwise storyteller.
A couple of other blogs I follow worth mentioning include:
- Not Waiting To Live – Manny was one of the last to finish the PCT this year. I stumbled upon his story just as he was regrouping in Mazama to, as I like to say, “live to hike another day.” His philosophy is one that resonates with me. “Simply put, I was waiting to live. Young, capable, and free to pursue my own American Dream I decided to walk into a more deliberate life.”
- Patches Thru – Patches produces quality content. You can expect exceptional photos and well-researched documentation presented in an easy-to-read interesting format. Once again, a kindred spirit, “I am a maverick neuroscientist that has traded a university faculty position for a life on the trail. “
- Rambling Hemlock – Anyone who reads my blog knows that Joan aka Hemlock is one of my favorite adventure buddies. Her blog is filled with great photos, interesting factoids, and funny stories.
- Dusty House Adventures – I recently discovered Angeline Duran and have been impressed with her posts. They remind me a bit of a National Geographic documentary. Her story, “I’m a mom, writer, hiking guide, documentarian, show host and adventurer.“
What are your favorite blogs?
Since I’m giving thanks, I’d also like to give a shout out to Gossamer Gear. They have included my posts in several of their newsletters including two of my most popular posts to date.
- Dear Friends & Family, If I become a Missing Person . . .
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