With this new addition to the Guide to Personal Finance Blogs, my intent is to provide a quick way for readers to find bloggers that have posted most recently. Many readers want to focus on new content. This addition to the guide will help avoid the scenario where you find the perfect blogger for you (using the styles, topics, and geography guides), and then realize that your new-found blogger has not posted anything for the last 2 or 3 weeks. While personally I feel that too much emphasis is often placed on frequent posting, the whole point of this guide is to help you to navigate to the content you want to read. So, if you put a high premium on reading content that is less than a week old, this new addition should help you out.
To further assist your quick access to recent content, the new Blogs over Time page includes a table of all the blogs in the database (over 1000 and counting) that also includes summary information from the blog styles, topics, and geography guides. This table is default sorted by most recent posts. So, you can quickly scan the top rows of the table for recent posts from bloggers with the style, topic focus, and/or country of origin that you prefer. As with other tables in the guide, direct links to all the blogs are provided.
Note that I am in the process of expanding the time coverage of this analysis. Right now, I have been tracking posts of more than 1000 personal finance blog feeds for 6 days. So, the graph and table in the analysis show post activity over this time span. I will continue to track posts on a daily basis for about a month. At that point, I plan to switch to a weekly time resolution. That is, recent posts will be categorized by occurrence in the last 1, 2, 3, or 4 weeks. From that point forward, the analysis will be updated weekly. My view is that a weekly resolution should give most readers a good sense of who has posted recently (say within the last week) and not so recently (within the last 3 or 4 weeks).
Enjoy playing around with this new information. As always, let me know if you have any suggestions on how I can improve or clarify the analysis of blogs over time or any part of the Guide.