Undiscovered Gems

November 14, 2009 | 10 comments

I’m going to start a completely sporadic series of posts where I highlight some of my favorite “undiscovered gem” blogs, i.e. blogs that have excellent content but that might not be considered big in terms of having tons of traffic. (The random criteria I came up with to define “undiscovered” is if it has fewer than 100 Google Reader subscribers.)

I’ve wanted to do this for a while, since so often I’ll be reading something on my feed reader and think, “This blog is so good! More people need to be reading it!” Also, I’ve had various blogs going back to 2004, and I’ve always noticed that it seems like a lot of blogs that do have a fair amount of traffic primarily link to other high-traffic blogs, and when you’re not “one of them” you start to feel like you’re stuck in some kind of small blog ghetto. Or maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, I’m not sure how often I’ll do these posts — maybe once or twice a month? — but I hope that you all enjoy these glimpses into some of my favorite undiscovered gems in the online world!


  1. Kelly

    I like this idea! I love to follow your blog. You've hit so many "nails on the head" for me and opened my eyes to so many things. Would you kindly consider my blog for one of your gems? I hate to be so forward in asking, but I would appreciate it. Thanks.


  2. Stephanie

    What a great idea! Some of my favorite blogs aren't "rock star" blogs. I so look forward to reading about some of your finds.

  3. sarah

    This is a great idea! I really love how thoroughly you introduced The Philosopher Mom's weblog rather than just a quick mention saying "this is great".

  4. Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side

    Oh, I'm so glad you're doing this. I often feel so "out of it" because I don't have much traffic, but then I have to remind myself that that's not why I do this. My human self thinks it's hard (the lack of traffic) every now and then, though.

  5. Joyful Catholic

    I just discovered your blog this morning and LOVE it! What a treasure trove! Also, I've added your link to my FB wall, to share with my friends, and on my bloglist. I'm always so excited to read about converts and the way they arrive at Rome on "their road." For all roads DO lead to Rome, for where the Bishop is, there is the Church, and where the Church is, there is Christ and where Christ is, is Heaven, our goal, aim and real "home" and the best way to get there, is to go the route Jesus laid out for us. HIS CHURCH! God bless. 🙂

  6. deb

    Thank you for doing this… and I'm looking forward to it.

  7. Sarah

    Oooh, I look forward to reading them! Some of my very favorite blogs don't have a whole lot of traffic.


  8. Amber

    "Small Blog Ghetto" *chortle*

    Yeah, I know exactly what you mean and what that feels like! Or, well, I used to but I haven't blogged since Pentecost (not that I was a particularly amazing blogger or anything). This is a good idea though, I hope it helps some of the small but great bloggers out there get more notice.

  9. todustyoushallreturn

    Great idea, and great first choice. Erika's a former classmate of mine. Keep up the good work!

  10. Cortney Water

    Hiya! I just want to give a huge thumbs up for the good information you have got here on this post. I will probably be coming back to your weblog for more soon.


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