Today I posted my view on the top 25 virtualisation bloggers list as posted by Eric on vSphere-Land.com, a number of people approached me as a result and requested a view of the top 25 without Vendors.
Now before the vendors start getting shouty at me, I am in no way casting aspersions on their content or denigrating their blogs, for they are a constant source of useful information for me and many others. However they can suffer from a lack of independence, in that they are biased towards their respective employers technology. That said, Chad, Vaughn and others in the Storage space have produced some excellent vendor agnostic posts over the years. and long may they keep this up.
Now yesterdays post seems to have polarised opinion, and what was supposed to be a light hearted prod at my friends in EMC/VMware appears to have struck a cord with them regarding their integrity, this was never intended to be the case, I have nothing but respect for them.
So I will state here that yesterdays post was not intended to ATTACK anybody, and if they thought it was well, perhaps they need to look to their own consciouses. but it is a fact that a proportion of those that have joined a vendor since the last vote have either stopped or slowed their blogging activity, (on the whole this has been reflected in a negative position change for them) or they have ceased doing any competitive posts, (Again this may just be done to opportunity as they are now focused on their employers technology and do not have any access to competing products). Hany I am not looking at you here, you have never posted anything other the VMware related work, and for that I am eternally glad. your diagrams have helped my understand complex issues, and with you the adage “a picture saves a thousand words” have never been truer. 🙂
But the fact remains that the top 25 is bloated with Vendor Blogs.
So without further ado below is the list with out any vendors. it is interesting to note that #25 in the independent blogger list was number 43 in the official list.
|Non Vendor Position||Position in official list||Blog||Employer|
|5||10||Gabe’s Virtual World||Independent|
|11||26||The VM Guy||Independent|
|12||27||Arnim van Lieshout||Independent|
|16||31||By The Bell||Independent|
|21||37||Virtual Admin Notes||Independent|
|24||42||VMware Training and Certification||Independent|