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Personally I am not interested so much in the stats in so far as the higher they get the closer I get to getting more exposer for the blog. But I do not want the exposer for the blog to stroke my ego, but rather for the feedback on my thoughts on what I write. But others seem to want stats for other reasons:
I would suppose that a high number of posts and comments would stroke the egos of the writer. I can understand this, it is always nice to know that we are producing something that people want. And the more comments you get on the posts you do write the more you are wanted. I can see a dangerous addictive circle there, a definate work / reward scenario. So people doing this blogging to bump numbers and feel good about being on the top may have something else going on too.
It is easy to see that some people are competitive about the bloging. They want to be atop of the leaderboard and will work very hard to get there. I guess this ties in with ego, but I would assume the satisfaction and motivations are different. We are all competitive to some degree, so I do not see that it would be so bad to let others rule the leader board if that is the reward for their hard work.
I fall into this catagory. For me I like to see the responses I get per so many viewers. The higher the number of comments per viewers, the more I know I have touched the people I am writing for. I rarely get a lot of views, so my comments are usually low. For me the stats of 6 to 10 comments per post are good and what I am looking for. I am not out to win a race, I never will, so I look for satisfaction in quality of writing and depth of the responses.
I tend to be a word counter. I guess that is because I am into writing short stories and usually look to write between 500 and 1000 "good" words a day. In blogging, I want to average about one post a day, although I tend to do more, I am happy with one good post a day.
This is just the overall interst we have in where we stand in the community. It has nothing to do with any of the above, but curiousity drives us to see rankings, averages, and such. Nothing wrong here, we are all curious and that is healthy. I like to let it stay at that, just curiousity and make an effort to not be sucked into the "Ego" or "Compititive" aspect of bloging on a site like this.
Stats are an interesting thing, numbers fascinate us. Be it the odds of the lottery or gambling or occult numerology, number hold a special place in our brains and draw us in. (I could go into the psychological resons, but not here.) But one has to remember, the number can be cut and skewed and balanced and prodded to produce any results we want. That is the beauty of numbers, they can say anything we want them to depending on the equation we plug in.
For a hoot... to help out the people who write but get few views you could set up a leader board of the "Most persistant bloggers". This may be and equation like...
(Word count / views) / comments =
Hey.. I rank number one! Cool huh? Got to love numbers.
8/13/2005 1:19 pm
Interesting thoughts harshawj|
It was with some surprise that I found myself in the top male bloggers group Thursday. Short-lived however, as tonight is my last blog, 4 weeks to the day since I began. I think it was persistence that got me where I did. Certainly, I shied away from the rants and the constant question posing which solicit the greatest comments. Like anything else, it is either the controversial or the silly that will elicit the greatest responses. In your case prose, or in my case clinical musings are not so noteworthy but nonetheless we are driven for our own purposes to write them. And as you say, that is more rewarding.
8/13/2005 2:03 pm
I like numbers too, but mostly those of an IQ score, dick length, age, and distance that one is willing to put into getting to know me. I discovered that I don't need to be on top to know that I am one of the best. (notice I didn’t say THE best, but one of)LOL |
My ego gets stroked only when someone tells me that I am Smart and they see the good in me. I do not like competition because I know that someone has to lose, I know that I can win at everything, so therefore I don't compete. I am a talker if I had your number I'd talk your ears off. So I have to write long posts here, well some of them are short.
Being curious about things can get you into trouble sometimes, but hey I like to know what a man is harboring behind an article of clothing, especially if he is a subject of my interests.
I can't blame you for not wanting to be in this blogging competition. But I like reading you, sometimes I have nothing to say, but I do watch you.
8/13/2005 2:38 pm
Is it possible to fall into all of the above categories? Can someone blog because they enjoy writing and the feedback, yet also enjoy the boost to their ego that the competitive side of the numbers bring? Just a little curious.....|