Taking Stock Again  

rockwriter58 56M
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2/8/2006 12:56 pm

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Taking Stock Again

(All the statistics noted here are as of 10 a.m. EST Feb. 8, 2006.)

Part I

Your humble author/editor first signed on to this site about a year ago and this blog sprang forth after a few months. At this point, this blog has about ten months behind it and the goal seems to be to at least get to the one year point.

This is the third time this blog has stopped for some intensive under-the-hood reflection, so this is one of those housecleaning entries that is necessary every so often. The last such entry ran in September under the title: Centennial Week: Editor.

Although at that time, I thought the format, tone and content of what you find here was fairly set, this blog continues to evolve, sometimes in unexpected ways.

Since that time, this blog has gone through some fits and starts (see: Slow Down and On Probation for more).

Although Ruminations has settled back into boutique blog status, we are posting several items a week, and much of the content remains the same. When this blog first started it was a weekly spot, then in the summer it became an almost daily blog. But in October it was necessary to cut back again. Also, since December the content has sometimes veered into the eclectic and allegorical. Perhaps this is reflective of my restive moods.

(The remainder of this post will conclude inside.)

(This entry NEVER appeared on the main blogboard due to an afternoon blogjam on Feb. 8, but this author chose not to repost.)

rockwriter58 56M
1389 posts
2/8/2006 12:59 pm

Part II

Some features have also changed. With the fall slowdown, the regular music feature was cut. Now that the U.S. football season is over, that feature also falls by the wayside and the music column may resume, once the proper inspiration can be discovered. Also, due to the boundaries on content, the investigative section of this blog was largely discontinued. However, one of the major additions was an easily searchable index.

With the slowdown, I have a backlog of ideas, but not much time to get them out. So my readers are a patient lot, and I appreciate that.

The blog is primarily written for my creative needs, but I also feel the need to appeal to an audience, even if that is a small group. This is more than an online diary (because if it were just that why would I permit comments?) and it doesn’t always conform to the nature of blogs here or elsewhere. If you haven’t noticed, this spot has its own funky forms. Also, since the beginning of the year, some of the format has opened pathways to deeper sections of the blog for readers to guide them off the front page, making the entire blog a place for commentary, instead of just the last ten or so entries.

There are now at least three measuring sticks for blog success on this website: total comments, unique comments, and total views. By those standards, this blog again fills that mid-list notch. Not on top but somewhere in the comfortable middle.

The most viewed entry on this blog is Top Female Profile Photos: Round Two from July with 1,130 views, although almost all the profiles noted there have since disappeared. The entry with the most comments is Centennial Celebration: The 100 Facts Game Twist*, from September, with 54 comments, so far. As of this writing, the blog has unique remarks from 81 others. Although this measuring stick was not available until recently, likely the fall and summer when this was a nearly daily blog would have had a higher number. That’s at least reflected in the higher views and comments during that period.

Since the fall, this blog at times has also carried as many as seven different experimental postings at one time, which were not meant for general consumption. One of those postings Area 51: Radioactive Zone was discovered and although much of the content of that post is now gone, it is open for general commentary.

Excluding such experimental posts, as of this writing, the least viewed entry is Hernando's Hideaway, No. 4, which actually grew out of an experimental entry. The only public post with no comments of any type is fittingly the Hurricane Katrina Memorial. (This does not count billboard/web portal postings such as The Blog Maze Game, Part III, which really aren’t designed for new comments but sometimes accumulate them anyway.)

To be transparent, some longer items on this blog have no outside comments. So for instance, long essays like [post 17039] have no outside comments, nor does the [post 26032] series, among others.

rockwriter58 56M
1389 posts
2/8/2006 1:01 pm

Part III

Ruminations started on March 23, 2005 with the debut entry The Existential Question which received four outside comments as of this writing and it has 539 views, which is slightly below average for this blog.

As of this writing, Ruminations has 120,433 total views. However, no individual entry gets the thousands of views typical for the most popular bloggers. That total is more than double the total views from our last examination, so at least those looking at this blog continue to grow.

This blog has 212 other regular entries. Some entries have been deleted and reposted due to technical difficulties. The average number of views is 568. The average number of outside comments is six. Both of those numbers ticked up at about the same rate: a 19 percent increase in views since fall, and a 20 percent increase in comments.

At times, this blog uses a style that often breaks the post into several parts. This is an aesthetic choice to make it easier for the reader to consume shorter bits on the front page of the blog. So the comments section often begins with the continuation of the post. This style was very common through most of the blog entries.

Currently, there are 1,602 recognized comments on this blog, with 1,213 from readers. (Because of a bug ‒ first reported in The Invisible Comment ‒ there are eight additional comments which cannot be seen or read.)

Some may remember that this blog was suspended briefly last month. To return from suspension, three entries had to be eliminated. In addition, eight reader comments were also eliminated from those entries. All readers received apologies for this unfortunate but necessary editing. Although this blog has often decried censorship, it would no longer exist if those terms were not met.

No other reader comments have been dropped by the author/editor.

Since this blog began, 34 percent of the entries never made it to the main blog board due to blogjams; nine percent were removed due to censorship; and another six percent were delayed due to a variety of technical issues. So 49 percent of the postings did not receive the universal billboard that would make them easier to see for the casual reader. Those numbers stood at 48 percent in September. Those numbers would likely be higher but they do not include any of the repurposed space in the back of the blog where new material has been placed.

Blogging has certainly changed on this website from last spring. Back then, one of the top bloggers wrote that he aimed at only providing five percent of the comments in his blog. These days, many of the top bloggers write 50 to 60 percent of the comments in their blogs. Because of changing blog etiquette and the aesthetics of this blog, this author/editor has aimed for something in between when it comes to comments. When the blog started, about 30 percent of the comments were actually self-commentary. That declined to 26 percent by fall. Now it stands at 24 percent. Your author/editor likes the fact that number continues to decline while still maintaining communication and interaction with readers. The goal is not to have a bloated blog.

Outside comments come at a rate of one percent per view. This compares quite favorably to some of the more popular blogs, which report a rate of .0004 comments per view or worse. And this is slightly above the fall numbers of .009 per view, which perhaps reflects the more provocative nature of the content lately.

Finally, a hearty thanks to all the readers! You are a special crowd.

© ♪rockwriter58♪

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
2/8/2006 9:12 pm

Too many numbers!!!
I despise numbers.
Numbers are the devil's alphabet and equations are the devil's sentences.
Glad there weren't any equations in there.
I am a big fan of Heisenberg, though.

gnr8nrg 45M

2/8/2006 11:10 pm

Congrats on being here almost a year Rock.

GleesFlakyShawl 49M
1620 posts
2/9/2006 11:29 am

what is the main blog board????????

never heard of that.......

Ultraviolet_69 62F

2/9/2006 6:49 pm

Rock, I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and am selfish enough to hope you continue to post whatever pops into your brain and out your fingertips.


2/9/2006 7:18 pm

Oh my, You are organized!!! Thanks for the plethora of info.

just a squirrel trying to get a nut

rockwriter58 56M
1389 posts
2/10/2006 9:30 am

>>>Thanks for all the kind responses. Let me get to the technical question first, posed by [blog dz2502]. What I call “the main blog board” is the central blog page that lists “the most recent posts.” Most folks who blog use that page in some way. Getting on that page is key to getting a post noticed. I have noted an entry could draw anywhere from 50 to 250 additional views from being on that page. When there is a blogjam, your post is not listed on that page but only on subsequent pages of that list. Many folks never page past that initial list.

>>>[blog jayR63]... I know what you mean about numbers, but sometimes it is good to give all the measuring tools so people can make their own judgments. If you love Heisenberg (as I see you do) then you should also check out: [post 38873].

Nice new photo by the way... great to see all of your smiling face!

>>>I am always moved when ultraviolet_69 leaves a comment. Thanks for being one of the readers who has stayed with this blog from the beginning. I see you reading. I don’t always need to see a comment to know someone has visited. I think I have a small crowd of regulars now who read but rarely if ever comment. As long as you keep coming back... I’ll keep spinning it out.

>>>Welcome to this blog MOFun. I usually not this organized except when I focus. That is why I only write one of these columns once every five months or so.

>>>Thanks also to [blog Dysgyzed]. Glad to see you dropping in here despite your hiatus. Again, for me, organization is all focus, but evolution, well that’s trickier. And unpredictable. So who knows what will happen next. You are right... that’s where the fun can be found.

>>>Thanks for your sentiments gnr8nrg and thanks for your regular stops here.

PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
2/11/2006 12:44 pm

Well, I may not tell you very often, but you're one of the best writers here.

*waves* I'd hug you but I have a godawful cold...

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma

rockwriter58 56M
1389 posts
2/13/2006 9:11 am

>>>That must be some cold Princess if I can catch it all the way up here from Panama! Thank you for the wonderful compliment.

>>>Thanks to you [blog SensuallyKate] for the compliment and for putting up the electronic billboard. Very neat. I'm going to keep my guess about March 23 to myself though... just to be sure.

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