[weblogs] Re: navel gazing
- At 9:00 PM -0800 1/4/2000, Mike Gunderloy wrote:
>So just how inbred a community are we? How many weblogs do you read on aThere are probably around 50 weblogs/newspages/journals that I read
>regular (daily, weekly) basis?
regularly, some daily, some weekly, some more infrequently but still
As for "inbreeding," that's been a fairly consistent
observation/accusation of webloggers practically from day one of the
movement, whenever that was. It's a fairly limited analogy, though.
I prefer instead to think of links that appear in multiple logs as
signal strengtheners, repeater stations, if you will. Every weblog
author has a different audience; sometimes it varies quite
considerably, both in the audience's interests and certainly in
volume. (For example, folks who read Wes Felter's Hack the Planet for
tech insights would probably find little to their taste at The
BradLands; likewise my meager 100-200 daily visitors pales alongside
the likes of Cameron Barrett's CamWorld or Jorn Barger's Robot Wisdom
Still, despite the fact we've admitted herein to reading and copping
links from many of our peers, I'd wager the majority of our
readerships are pretty unique.
So, if I nick a link from Windowseat and put in on The BradLands,
then maybe Damien Barrett notices it, finds it interesting and sticks
it on MrBarrett, where it's found and subsequently linked by Dan Lyke
at Flutterby -- it's a bit like passing a baton from runner to runner
or a mail pouch from Pony Express rider to rider. At each stop along
the way, we add our individual commentary and thereby carry more
meaning and/or connotation to our own, particular audience.
Along the way, a de facto weighting/rating system comes into play.
The more logs something is mentioned in, the more likely that it's
the hot story of the 'net on a given day or week, or that it's going
to be the "new, new thing" when the unwired world notices it sometime
hence. It's a fairly crude "more links = more value" system, but it's
To take it a step further: by crediting a weblog where a borrowed
link was originally found, we introduce a means of scalability to our
expanding community. If readers consistently see links from another
weblog in my own, they will perhaps think, "Hmm...maybe I'd better
check out that other site. Probably a *lot* of stuff I'd be
interested in over there." They may even eventually stop visiting my
site in favor of the other, since it's author is more closely aligned
with their set of interests, tastes, lifestyle, etc. than I, since
I've only picked and chosen a limited subset of the other guy's links
Meanwhile, I'm picking up new readers from reciprocal links on
*other* weblogs, and they told two friends, and they told two
friends...and so on and so on.
Gradually, persistent and increasingly sophisticated readers of
weblogs will come to find a limited (although malleable) set of
weblogs that suit them and their tastes/interests comfortably. Some
of them will start their own weblogs to fill a void, be it topical or
geographic or whatever.
We're not really in-breeding, we're recruiting. And we're growing a
community by fits and starts along the way. Ain't it grand?
Brad L. Graham [mailto:blgraham@...]
Writer, Editor, Prophet, Softshoe Dancer & Singer of Sentimental Ballads
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- In a message dated 01/06/2000 12:26:42 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> Still, despite the fact we've admitted herein to reading and coppingHaving done some navel-gazing with the aid of referrer tracking for just over
> links from many of our peers, I'd wager the majority of our
> readerships are pretty unique.
a week now, it appaers that most of my readership (exlucing the accidental
one-time hits from search engines) is other bloggers. And my fiancee. Maybe
that will change over time.
What's On It For Me - another weblog
>Hmmm - I probably read 5-10 weblogs a day, except for those days when I
> So just how inbred a community are we? How many weblogs do you read on a
> regular (daily, weekly) basis?
don't do any web surfing at all. I've got a list of about 30 that I
rotate those visits through, trying to read each about once a week, though
some of them I visit every day. And some I find that I don't visit for
several weeks, at which point it goes off my rotation.
About once a month, I make a point of trying out new weblogs, and I'll
also visit weblogs that are cited on other weblogs as the source for
cool stuff. So, I probably visit somewhere between 40 and 50 different
weblogs in the course of a given week. And I probably read about a
dozen of them in detail each week.
Not sure whether this makes me inbred or not - wouldn't that have to do
with _which_ weblogs I was reading?
Amanda Holland-Minkley hollandm@...
Screenshot weblog: http://www.io.com/~amh/screenshot/
Personal Page: http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/hollandm/