Thoughts on TB38 and BitN30
Tangled Bank was published on 5 October and
Birds in the News was published on 7 October.
This graph shows what happens when a low-traffic blog hosts the migratory Tangled Bank blog carnival, followed by the stationary Birds in the News link harvest (which appears to be catching on, finally). My blog averages approximately 225 visits per day, ranging from 100-800 or so per day for a weekly average between 1380-1500 visits per week. As expected, my usual stats were eclipsed by TB38, which provided almost 1600 hits and more than 2600 page views on the first day alone. Surprisingly, my visits for this issue of TB were less than the number of visits I received the first time I hosted TB. I wonder what the longer term trends will be?
Most bloggers value their blog based on the traffic they receive each day and, to a lesser extent, the number of page views and the time spent on-site by each visitor. Contributing to, and especially, hosting a blog carnival is one way for a blogger to expose her blog to a wider audience than what was previously enjoyed in the hopes of boosting the number of repeat visitors, thereby increasing the perceived "value" of the blog.
When I met PZ (author of Pharyngula) a few weeks ago, he mentioned that his politically-oriented commentaries generate more visits to his blog than anything else that he writes about, including evolution. I found this to be both surprising and curious because there are so many things to write/read/think about other than what the people in the White House are doing to screw up our lives and our world in their never-ending quest to reformulate the world to fit their narrowed -- and often unreal -- perception of reality.
At that time, I recalled that I had started my blog for reasons that were wholly separate from my propensity to rant about politics in real life. After a lifetime of grass-roots activism that began when I first stuffed envelopes as a 10 year old -- observing and listening while sitting (literally) at the feet of the masters of political debate -- followed by several decades of behind-the-scenes participation in various political candidates' campaigns and my election to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, I reasoned, had anything really changed, even just a teensy bit?
Even though it would be disingenuous to say that nothing has changed at all, I know for a fact that nothing has changed as a result of my personal efforts.
I remember responding to PZ's observation by saying that I should write about politics once in awhile.
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