The Wall Street Journal article New Search Engines Help Users Find Blogs is worth reading especially if you are new to blogging or the blogosphere. The article highlights the blogosphere and explains the search engines (i.e. Technorati, Feedster, & IceRocket) race to become number one in blog search. Though I thought the article's mention of DayPop could be helpful for the novice blog reader, it is probably not a site I would regularly visit since it does limit it's results to only certain popular blogs. The article also talks about Microsoft and how MSN Search is currently including blog search results however they have not offered a "blog only" search function to users. However, you probably notice the MSN site search on Somewhat Frank. The reason I am using MSN and not another blog search engine is because I found that MSN indexes Somewhat Frank the best out of all of the other search engines. I want users to be able to find all of my content and feel MSN Search offers them the best opportunity.
Ironically, this article is very similar to a previous post I wrote (July 10, 2005) titled Who Will Be #1 In Blog Search. I just re-read that post from July and realized I was ranting a bit about Technorati's technical issues which they seem to still have at times. Though Technorati released Blog Finder last week which was received with a few grumbles from the blogosphere since it was seen as nothing new but repackaging current functionality. Personally, I like the Blog Finder functionality. Since I did not use IceRocket at the point of writing that article I did not mention them. However, I have used IceRocket quite a bit since. I have implemented their Link Tracker functionality to determine how many blogs are linking to my individual posts in IceRocket. I also talked about Yahoo or Google possibly making their move.
The WSJ article basically says that the race is to become the "Google of blogs" and I have to agree I still wonder if Google will enter the race to be the "Google of blogs".