The Google Blog Search results have generally been the fastest and most useful tool of this kind (Google displaced Technorati, which had long served in this role, some time ago). But a couple of months ago Google Blog Search started becoming pretty much useless. Instead of only reporting links from the “main” blog content, it reported all links on a blog page, including the so-called “sidebar” or blogroll, where many bloggers place a lengthy static list of blogs they read. So this means that, for instance, every time JD Lasica adds a new post to his blog at Social Media, which includes Wordyard in its blogroll, I get a new listing in the Google Blog Search for Wordyard, even though the post has nothing to do with Wordyard. This completely messes up the utility of Google’s search for me — and, from what I see posted by other serious bloggers, many other users.
As Scott points out, Google has built its reputation on providing meaningful results from huge amounts of information, and so this development is a definite step back. In fact, it renders the whole service useless.
"Well, so what?" I hear you cry. "So, DK cannot see who's talking about him—big deal: his ego doesn't need any more fluffing."
The point is that I don't simply use the Blogsearch results as an ego boost: for me, it is a "way into" the plethora of information with which I am deluged every morning. I must confess that the loss of this tool has been partially responsible for my sporadic blogging of late (well, that and sheer, goddamned laziness): having got into the habit of working one way, the energy barrier to trying to plunge into the swirling clouds of information every morning just seems to be near-insurmountable.
Although Google are apparently working on a fix, no one seems to know quite when or how it might occur, and so it seems that your humble Devil will have to try to remember how he used to approach the morning's news...