Top 114 Software Testing blogs in 2014


Nearly 5 years after the original top 100 software testing blogs list a new top software testing blogs list is available. Get ready for the Top 114 Software Testing blogs of 2014! This time the list is published at www.testbuffet.com, a place where more software testing related lists will be published in the future.

Next top list candidates will be:
- Top x test automation blogs
- Top x performance testing blogs

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19 Responses to "Top 114 Software Testing blogs in 2014"

srinivas kadiyala said... December 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Bug:
41 Enjoy testing
Ajay Balamurugadas
42 Enjoy testing
Ajay Balamurugadas

--- Twice ranked?

srinivas kadiyala said... December 29, 2014 at 8:55 AM

66 Tester Testifies
Raj Kamal
67 Tester Testifies
Raj Kamal

--- Twice RANKED?

Steven M said... December 29, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Thanks a lot for your feedback. Indeed this was a bug, the blog existed twice but with a different url. I updated the list but kept the original title and url.

halperinko said... December 29, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Would be nice to know the other guidelines which makes one blog higher ranked than others - all the site says is the Entry criteria of "At least 3 blog entries"

halperinko said... December 29, 2014 at 3:51 PM

As I didn't recall any of Cam Kaners posts making waves this year, and I just LOVE his past work, I went in to see what I have missed in 7th blog of the year, and it was quite disappointing.
Maybe 1 post which is other than describing AST activities and courses.
I wonder if anyone reviewed the ranking criteria.

halperinko said... December 29, 2014 at 4:05 PM

One last comment - Adding a related photo to that Test Buffet post, would have helped catching viewers eyes when sharing on Facebook, LinkedIn, and G+

JCD said... December 29, 2014 at 7:54 PM

It appears your site is down? The error I get is: "You have requested a site that is currently offline. This generally happens when a site is temporarily disabled for some reason, but has not been permanently removed." I have tried a couple times in the last 15 minutes just to see if it was just a minor blip, but no such luck.

- JCD

Steven M said... December 29, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Thanks a lot for the info JCD! The site is available again and should keep on running this time :-).

JCD said... December 29, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Thanks, it appears up now. Oh and BTW, About98PercentDone is authored by both Isaac Howard and I(JCD). It currently places 86th on your list. Thanks for the interesting list.

- JCD

Steven M said... December 30, 2014 at 11:19 AM

@JCD, author has been corrected.

Steven M said... December 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Hi halperinko,

Thanks for your suggestions, here's my feedback:

- the ranking mechanism is explained (high level) on the about page. If you're missing some info, please let me know and improve/clarify the content.
- once a site is assigned a category and is approved, I don't check anymore whether the latest posts relate to the core of the category. If a blog as a whole meets the entry criteria, it's sufficient for now. This is a possible point for improvement, I've taken note of this.
- I agree with the eye catcher. I've also taken note of this.

Once again, thanks for your feedback!

halperinko said... December 30, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Thanks for clarifications Steven - I probably didn't see that About data,
If I understand correctly, you are using "Google Pagerank" which by limited googling says it takes into account things related to pages SEO (like amount of linking) but not the quality of the Blog posts, ingenuity etc.
(But as i am not an expert on Google Pagerank - I might be mistaken)
If that is really so - than it will yield inaccuracies - those who make the buzz will get higher grade even if less interesting.

2 other issues:
1. Are these 114 blogs part of Rosie's STC RSS Feeds - if not would be wise to ping her to make sure.
2. You refer to a larger list of items - do/can you make these available too?

Thanks,
Kobi

halperinko said... December 30, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Going further down that list - I can less and less relate to its ranking accuracy,
#24 Geek Out of Water - who wrote dozens of interesting blog posts this year, has lower marking than #19 Software Testing Stuff where latest post on its link has comments dating back to "August 21, 2013" - meaning it does not even answer the most basic rule of 3 Blog posts this year.

While it may serve as a nice list of blogs, I can't trust its ranking other than saying higher ranked is more known in the field for whatever reason...
(We can all recognize the names in 1st page, but not all of them contributed better or even more posts than others)

Thanks for the efforts taken to produce this,
But I guess there is a long way before it can be used as expected.

Kobi

halperinko said... December 30, 2014 at 12:57 PM

#26 Software testing zone by Debasis Pradhan, is actually called Software Testing Tricks in URL & Page header.

halperinko said... December 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM

#83 The Ostrich Project by Trevor Wolter - Moved into - http://theostrichproject.com/

Steven M said... January 1, 2015 at 8:11 PM

Hi Kobi,
The goal of my lists is to give an overview of the most popular blogs in this branche, not to show the best blogs. It’s difficult to measure how ‘good’ a blog or how genius a blog post is, after all everyone has his/her own taste. So yes, I agree, a highly ranked (popular) blog doesn’t necessarily mean that the posts are of a high quality, but gives at least an indication. And yes, someone heavily promoting his/her blog with posts of medium quality will rank higher than someone with excellent posts but not promoting his or her blog at all. I guess a good way to measure quality is to poll people in the test domain and ask about their preferred testing blogs. Never say never but this is currently out of scope :-)
Related to the STC RSS feeds, no I haven’t done so, I’ll put it on my list ☺
I’ll also think about a way to make the whole list of software testing blogs available.
“#19 Software Testing Stuff” is a bug. In order to determine the number of posts, I check for messages and their published dates in the feed. Apparently I should be taking into account some other dates in the feed too, because this feed has some weird date combinations. The problem in this particular case is that multiple older posts had their published date in 2014, while they were actually published in 2011!
I’ll implement a fix and update the list asap. I’ll also include the fixes for #26 and #83
Thanks a lot for your feedback!

Steven

Steven M said... January 1, 2015 at 8:21 PM

http://theostrichproject.com has PR 0, and not registered at Alexa yet, so at the moment the blog has only 1 out of 3 scores (PR value 0) which is not sufficient (minimum 2 required). Let's see if and how the blog will climb in the ranking in the coming months.

halperinko said... January 4, 2015 at 7:21 AM

Thanks Steven, I wonder if calling the list "Most popular..." rather than "Top..." would have made the expectations from the content clearer.
Anyhow - it was an interesting recap going over that list.
BTW - I found it best to follow such a large amount of blogs by using Paper.li magazine based on RSS Aggregators such as the STC list (or creating your own list using yahoo services).
I used Yahoo to combine several RSS aggregation feeds into one Magazine like source.
You can also integrate that into your site by using an iFrame - As I attempted here (BTW - best viewing method to my taste is to move into All-Article view under More:
http://www.itcb.org.il/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=139:%D7%A7%D7%91%D7%9C%D7%95-%D7%90%D7%AA-%D7%94-rss-%D7%9E%D7%94%D7%A2%D7%95%D7%9C%D7%9D-%D7%91%D7%AA%D7%A6%D7%95%D7%A8%D7%AA-%D7%A2%D7%99%D7%AA%D7%95%D7%9F&Itemid=644
Or running that as a Feedly page:
http://www.itcb.org.il/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=168:%D7%93%D7%A3-rss-%D7%9E%D7%94%D7%A2%D7%95%D7%9C%D7%9D-%D7%9B%D7%A8%D7%A9%D7%99%D7%9E%D7%94-%D7%A9%D7%9C-feedly&Itemid=644

Kobi

Steven M said... January 23, 2015 at 4:29 PM

Hello Kobi,

From now on all blogs in a category are displayed, as well as the latest blog posts in a category. Please have a look at:
http://www.testbuffet.com/categories/software-testing/

Thanks for your feedback!

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