Some Blog Readers Are More Equal Than Others

Mar 07 2008 Published by under Uncategorized

A bare double-handful of weeks post-assimilation I've struck a bit of a quandary with respect to readership. As expected, our traffic has jumped up quite a bit. A veeeery slow day around here matches some of our better days on WP. Nice that. But what with the recent transition and the increased traffic and whatnot, its a bit hard to tell much about "our" reader demographics. And yet we have reason to identify at least a couple of "our" readers.


The overlords are up to a new project which is intended to get some of our (meaning SB) readers to tell the rest of our (meaning SB) readers what hot stuff they should be reading on the SB. This can be viewed a little like the "top 5 most active" and "top 5 most emailed" sidebar links, only with a little more thoughtful input from readers. Readers as in a select subset of contributing regular readers, rather than the google-horde that stops by for pictures of whassername or the other horde that stops by for the stench of calamari.
The fun part is that this is to be a representative democracy such that even dinky little operations like DrugMonkey can play. Unfortunately, being still on blog 0.8beta instead of SuperBloggerz2.01.2 like most of the folks around here, the notion of plumbing the stats for our most plugged-in homies holds little interest.
So.
The deal is this.
Do you know from del.icio.us? Do you use it? Regularly?
If so, make some sustained noise thoughtful commentary around here over the next few weeks would ya? We need to find some suckers SuperReaders.

6 responses so far

  • DM,
    ummm, er, well, umm.....oh what the heck, I'll take the bait and bite on your well-placed typos.
    DM, you ignorant slut, it's 'quandary' and 'horde';
    although, 'hoard' could be correct, and if so we need to look into google's business practices.
    Hope that helped; it's the best thoughtful commentary I could come up with on short notice.

  • DrugMonkey says:

    ok, ok. fixed.

  • ian findlay says:

    No.
    No.
    How?

  • bsci says:

    Not sure this is worth the effort. As of now, scienceblogs is small enough that you can pretty much follow any title you want by going through the last-24 hours section.
    If anything, unless the super-readers were not the most regular readers, the results probably wouldn't vary much from the noisome calamari most active list.
    Of course if you wanted to give me sole authority to select what I like, I probably wouldn't turn the job down and DrugMonkey would get a lot more prominence. 🙂
    Still, the main value I could see with this method would be if it could directly link into some of the larger ranking sites to publicized posts out of scienceblogs. I don't use del.icio.us and I'm not sure this would be possible without allowing all rankers from that page bringing back the original problem.

  • DrugMonkey says:

    As of now, scienceblogs is small enough that you can pretty much follow any title you want by going through the last-24 hours section.
    You might be surprised the degree to which traffic for the smaller blogs follows "presence" on the main SB pages. stuff disappears off the first page of 24hr fairly quickly and drifting onto the "most active" or "most emailed", being "buzzed" or quoted has a very obvious effect. again, most obvious for the smaller blogs I would assume.
    If anything, unless the super-readers were not the most regular readers, the results probably wouldn't vary much from the noisome calamari most active list.
    I believe the overlords would like to test that hypothesis! at any rate, I think the assumption here is that there may be some regular readers of a decent subset of blogs that does not include the squidly one.
    Still, the main value I could see with this method would be if it could directly link into some of the larger ranking sites to publicized posts out of scienceblogs. I don't use del.icio.us and I'm not sure this would be possible without allowing all rankers from that page bringing back the original problem.
    To be honest I'm not sure I even understand your point. However, the techlords seems to have selected del.icio.us as the plan for this. So I'm thinking that it makes most sense, should I use my selections, to go with someone who is familiar with del.icio.us..

  • bsci says:

    I noticed on another page that it seems like SB is making one del.icio.us account and the rankings from here will be used to promote stuff on that site, which would avoid the problem of just getting a larger pool of random people promoting stuff.
    Your comment on the 24h page made me wonder why it is only 24h. It seems silly that the page automatically truncates every day. In fact, I can't think of a reason there should be an archive of all postings on the site in reverse temporal order.

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