Thursday, February 24, 2005

 

Blogging games

The Althouse Effect

"A ridiculous irony in the game of blogging is that you can score a lot of links by saying something that people disagree with vehemently." So writes Althouse in a recent post. But I say the game of blogging isn't serious enough to have "ridiculous ironies," just ordinary ironies.

I was privileged to have a link from Althouse yesterday. After learning about it, I sat back and waited for the Althouse Effect, an anticipated major spike in my hit counter numbers. I did indeed get a spike, as my average, hovering at the 25-45 hits per day level, rose to 82 yesterday and 140 and counting as of 10:30 p.m. today. I'm doing almost as well as getting linked to a discussion thread on UserFriendly. But in another one of those "ironies of the blogging game," my spike may not really be attributable to Althouse Effect. As best I can track these things -- viewing the referring URL list on my hit counters -- it seems as if the majority of recent traffic is coming from new links other than Althouse. Indeed, last night, when the spike first became observable, the great majority of new traffic was coming from a couple of links from Nina. Nina-referrals were outpolling Althouse-referrals by a margin of about 4-1.

This is not a ridiculous, but a delicious irony in that Nina is so nonchalant about hit statistics that she doesn't even have a hit counter. I'm inferring that, unbeknownst to her, she has quite a substantial readership. Either that or one or two incredibly obsessive people who repeatedly went to her blog and clicked the link to me.

Today, Althouse-referrals to my blog rose relative to Nina-referrals -- perhaps Althouse readers are daytime blog-checkers, while Nina gets the night-owl crowd -- but Althouse-referrals do not seem to be in any sense dominant, as the Tonya Show seems to have emerged as the plurality front-runner.

I think Nina would say hit-counting is silly. I think it's fun -- not at a level that would produce ridiculous ironies, but something on the order of accumulating "masters points" at your local bridge club.

Project Bozzo

The "TTLB" ("The Truth Laid Bear") Ecosystem is another blog game, one that feeds on the bloggers' desire for links. Hits and links are all very rough proxies for readers, which are in turn rough proxies for attention and approval. The TTLB Ecosystem ranks enrolled blogs by the number of unique incoming links to each blog. In collaboration with Marginal Utility, I am launching Project Bozzo. This is an effort to raise our status in the TTLB Ecosystem by fanatically linking to each other. Just to set the starting bar: at the opening of Project Bozzo, I was a "flippery fish" with 7 links, and Marginal Utility was a "crawly amphibian" with 10 links.

Why "Project Bozzo"? Although, like hit counters, the TTLB Ecosystem is another kinda-fun self-absorption game for bloggers, it strikes me as a bit pretentious to claim to find "Truth" in counting links. Project Bozzo is designed to explore the nature of this truth. I will add that I like the name Bozzo, and that Tom Bozzo's blog, Marginal Utility, is a must read for anyone who wants to stay informed about the gathering storm of propaganda by Bush Administration flacks to promote the great push to privatize Social Security. Check his posts here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Bozzo lays bare the truth. Plus he knows a lot about cars.

Bozzo, Bozzo, Bozzo!

Comments:
I actually do not think it is silly to look at stats. Every once in a while I did activate my counter to see what was going on. I did it cumpulsively at the beginning, but stopped once I knew I had a steady readership.

But I find that writing without looking at hits instills greater freedom. I don't think so much about how many have read a banal post or a ridiculous one. (Did one of our more conscientious bloggers fret about what the world must be thinking about our dinner antics? Maybe.I never gave it a thought.)

And what I like more than anything is the unexpected email from a stranger who, it turns out, has been reading all along and then finally writes and we have a regular old email conversation. That's far more rewarding than looking at sheer numbers.
 
I more or less agree with Nina. But I'm not a blogger - I'm a webmaster - so I get a different thrill from reading my web hit statistics. I am more interested about how many people from various countries all over the world are visiting my web pages (which are fairly blog-like in their content), what search engine keywords cough up my pages (and what people are searching for - apparently my pages are popular with the kirigami crowd), and what websites are linking to me. I find it quite curious to have so many links from the Netherlands, for example.
 
After a good read on blogs like this I like to leave little tips on goal setting. You know, the things you used to dream of when you were young, or even now.

A lot of research has shown that only those who set goals are likely to achieve their dreams.

When is the last time you really sat down and wrote a few short term and long term goals down?

What? It's been that long!

A new year is coming. You could do the same things you did this year and achieve the same results you did with your life dreams last year, or you could visit measurable goals and read all the FREE information on setting goals and getting what you want out of life

OR

you could just piddle on through life hoping for the best, like most people do.

Which will it be?

You really can have a lot more of everything than you do now. All you gotta do is know what you want and have a plan.

Have a GREAT New Year!
 
I was going to leave a little tip on New Years Resolutions and how to make the best of them.

Unfortunately, I would not be able to keep it brief.

Goal setting takes effort and you really have to know how to do it to do it well. Especially the follow-up.

That's why I've included a lot of FREE goal setting information on my website, to help folks like you be more successful.

In fact, you can start now, and get a head start on the new year - and the rest of your life.

Think goal setting isn't important? Spend a little time at measurable goals and you'll change your mind.

Have a GREAT day!
 
After a good read on blogs like this I like to leave little tips on goal setting. You know, the things you used to dream of when you were young, or even now.

A lot of research has shown that only those who set goals are likely to achieve their dreams.

When is the last time you really sat down and wrote a few short term and long term goals down?

What? It's been that long!

A new year is coming. You could do the same things you did this year and achieve the same results you did with your life dreams last year, or you could visit stating goals and read all the FREE information on setting goals and getting what you want out of life

OR

you could just piddle on through life hoping for the best, like most people do.

Which will it be?

You really can have a lot more of everything than you do now. All you gotta do is know what you want and have a plan.

Have a GREAT New Year!
 
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