So here I thought, is it really that important to create lists?
But first, let me tell you how I read blogs, and travel blogs in general.
If you look at the right-hand side of my blog, there are several blogs that are listed there. Some are personal blogs, some are travel blogs. I think those blogs are interesting enough for me to list them and in essence endorse them for reading. That's one way I read blogs.
There's also a bigger set of blogs in which I read through an RSS feed via Google Reader. The blogs whose links show up in my blog are also here, as it's more convenient to read blogs through a feed than by checking their websites every single day. The ones I don't religiously read are only read if the feed catches my attention and I decide to concentrate and read further.
Finally, there's the Twitter feed, where I have feeds from a bunch of other blogs and personalities. Sometimes, the travel blogs just tweet a blog article they wrote, whether it's recently or not so recently. I tried doing that to my posts too, in the past, I used to be more diligent in trying to promote my blog articles, especially the ones that had something to do with travel. But later on, I only relied on the automatic feed distributors, as I didn't see any benefit in the added work. After all, my blog isn't a dedicated travel blog; it's a melange of all sorts of things.
Now, sometimes, when I go to Twitter, I see these headers. Top 10 here, top 5 there. Really, why do people need to count and rank everything they see?
Perhaps that is what I do not get. I do not get the importance of ranking places. Can't we just write about a place we have been without putting a value judgment to them? If a mountain was an awesome trek, why not just write that, instead of making it so commercialized that the personality of the traveler/writer gets lost in ether? I get the feeling that these lists of Top 10 this and that are so impersonal, that sometimes, I get discouraged from reading them.
I read travel blogs to travel vicariously. As much as I want to be on the road often, I have other obligations. Lists and recommendations might be useful for planning purposes, but for some people, planning is not the only reason why they read travel blogs.