Via Blogpond comes word of a Nielsen survey (PDF) claiming that 2.3 million Australians have blogs. This is probably bad news for the Missing Link crew, except that there’s no figures on what percentage are MySpace pages and still active.
More useful is the catalogues maintained by various folk such as The Australian Index or Blogs.com.au. The latter places the figure of active blogs they follow at 5,000. Still a big task for your hard-working Missing Link team, who already have a catchment north of several hundred feeds.
I’ve been toying with the idea of buying another server and setting up a WordPress hosting arrangement using the same software as WordPress.com do, and paying for traffic and collocation with a bit of advertising. The strengthening of the Australian dollar actually makes proper enterprise kit from Sun et al quite affordable — I can get an entry-level Sun rackmount with a service processor (ie I can diagnose and reboot it remotely if it crashes) for about $1500 today. When we bought the troppo server about 8 months ago the same hardware was $2400+ and thus out of our budget range. Amazing.
My main problem is that I suck at running servers. I’ll keep you updated.