Searching for Blogs: Horsey or Otherwise

Like any niche industry, when horse enthusiasts get together, their favorite topic of course is talking horse.  There is a never-ending stream of stuff to ruminate over…from horse health, to the latest training technique, to Dobbin’s last bowel movement. The last topic is usually related to colic or the last time you wormed the horse.  Horse folks ALWAYS offer some sort of expertise, whether you want to hear it or not. See what I mean?

This ability to share equine information has crossed over into online “blog-land.”  The horse world loves to blog, is VERY popular and offers in-depth information as well.

When specifically searching for blogs first try using search engines for blogs instead of the usual Bing, Yahoo and Google searchers. Here are a few noteworthy options.

Technorati.com (founded as the first blog search engine) is a real-time search engine dedicated to the blogosphere. It only searches through blogs (author’s tags) to find exactly what you’re looking for. Technorati tracks trends and topics on the Web. It’s an easy service to use, returns relatively good results, and offers a lot of good insights into what the Web at large is talking about.

Blogs.com is a new service from blogging company SAY Media that helps you discover the best in blogs. You can quickly and easily find blogs by category and topic or read daily blog roundups of some of the best blog content around the Web. Top 10 Lists from celebrity bloggers and influencers also help you discover new blogs, and everyone is invited to create their own Top 10 lists to share with the community. Blogs.com also produces a free weekly email newsletter so you can get the best in blogs delivered to your inbox.

Icerocket.com is similar to Technorati in that it tracks popular web stuff such as Movies, Video Buzz and Top Posts. It also offers tools like a blog tracker and covers blog trends. There is even an IceSpy tool to find out what other fellow rocketeers are searching for.

Google Blog Search (formally Blogger), further defines a general Google search. You can look at Google Blog Search similarly to Google Trends — it can serve as a barometer of what’s important enough to show up on Google.com, too. Do all hot topics on Google Blog Search also show up in Google.com universal results? Probably not. Do all topics that show up in universal search also appear on the home page of Google blog search? Probably not. But if you’re looking for the type of blog content and the blog sources that show up in universal search, it seems like the Google Blog Search home page is a good place to start.

If you’re looking for some great horse related blogs, your search ends here. Following are a few of my favorites.

TheHorse.com “Your Guide to Equine Healthcare” (overseen by a board of the American Association of Equine Veterinarians (AAEP) offers “The Horse Blog Stable,” a series of care related blogs. This is a very good resource for non-emergency horse care.

Smartpakequine.com  also offers great care resources but more importantly has information about equine supplements.  Although because of the source, you’ll have read between the lines a bit about the product suggestions.

The Hoofwall discusses farrier/blacksmith concerns, seminars and the latest horse shoeing technology.  Some recent blog titles include…Educational Programs for Farriers, Hammer Time at Bloom Forge, Farrier Talent has a Good Ring To It.

The Chronicle of the Horse blog series are written by Chronicle staff and regular contributors.  They are written about every topic imaginable and the English Disciplines.

Horse Junkies United goal is to provide cool, fun and meaningful content that relates to all amateur riders across English Disciplines.  They want to be the voice of all amateur riders out there! They cover events, have clinic reports, interviews with riders, talk about our horses and what they’re learning along the way…. Anything and everything horsey imaginable all in good fun and with a point of view.

And now for fun… Fugly Horse of the Day offers snarky commentary on the breeding of poor quality horses, silly or abusive training techniques, and pretty much anything else that annoys horse peeps.

Other sources:

http://www.smallbusinesssem.com/google-blog-search-smx-west/1686/