my solution for bean counting  

lustmirror 63M
2666 posts
6/3/2005 4:52 pm

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my solution for bean counting

I have seen a few mentions here about how best to accredit a blog for its popularity; whether to count comments, or views, and there are drawbacks to either.
...I suggest that we count who is listed in each blogs "watched Blogs" section, and my rationale is as follows. We all read, at almost every moment of the day. There are newspapers, billboards, magazines, blogs...but the deeper references in our own presentations most likely draw from the books that are actually on our bookshelves. These are books, theoretically, that we want to refer to again and again. We care enough about them to make space for them.
...If the first ten, or twenty "watched blogs" were programmed in, then a list of most popular blogs could be generated, without the glaring minutia of a "comment" count. It would also be accurate. With a comment count, if the numbers are inflated high enough, by whatever means, that wave will not crest for a while. With "watched blogs" the drawback is only if the list is not used, after, and I repeat, after it has been established. If someone forgets about the list, those entries are still a part of the tally. With this system, it is possible for the sands to shift overnight, if the content of a blog causes so many to want to come back. The list of popular blogs will probably change a bit more often, which would allow more blogs to see the light of collective viewing. If content drives the market, the market will demand content. is impossible to have yourself as a watched blog, so unless you have more than one profile, every vote for your blog, is from a limited allowance, from someone else. all just depends on why a "popular" blog is desired. in RL popularity demands the most common denominator, which often is drawn from shallowest water.
.....flame on.............

missy97330 47F

6/3/2005 7:13 pm

Eh, it should be about how watched it is. That is to say, how many visits it gets. I was surprised to learn that's not what is about.

GoddessOfTheDawn 105F
11240 posts
6/4/2005 2:37 am

It's not just about the visits. I have had blogs that ~ once I visited ~ showed to have no content at all, at what time I chose NOT to comment ...

There will never be a 'perfect' or 'best' system for there are as many ways to rate things as there are opinions about them.

lustmirror 63M
2897 posts
6/4/2005 6:25 pm

Goddess....I agree..and by the same token, I have visited sites, and what I read was so moving, an immediate response was almost impossible, without disturbing the essence of the piece.
...I have read entries this week, with almost 800 views, and no comment, but I understood it, based on the subject matter.

keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
6/7/2005 1:08 pm

Perhaps the "recent visitor log" could be used for this purpose. If they are tracking visitors they could be logged and used to see which blogs are getting a wide variety of different viewers. This will show the broadness of appeal.

Many good points have been made here and once again I thank you for posting.

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