December 04, 2007


A brief measurement:

Yesterday's post ended up as a "discussion link" on How many readers did that bring in? Approximately 45. There were a few smaller echoes. But the sum total of external sites sending traffic to the post seems to be not much more than 100 readers. While all readers are gratefully accepted, that's a long way from A-listdom.

On the other hand, that blog post now has the #4 Google spot for the search [Wikipedia Cabal], which is amusing.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in statistics | on December 04, 2007 11:58 PM (Infothought permalink)
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Hi, Seth. I enjoy reading your posts, mostly. It becomes so tiresome to hear you complain about A-listers. Please just say what you want to say and spare us the agony. Of course I understand what you want to say is how unhappy you are that you don't have a large audience. Maybe in the future we can make a law that says everyone has to read every blog out there so that everyone has an equal voice.

Posted by: Anonymous Coward at December 5, 2007 04:57 AM

It's not worth it. It's just not. It's a bad habit (blogging).

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at December 5, 2007 05:46 AM

Well I think you have great things to say, and offer a refreshingly different take on things. (Except for my objections about the A-to-Z thing!) So I hope you keep it up. Your readers, however many there may be, are thankful for what you share.

Posted by: Anonymous Coward at December 5, 2007 08:39 PM

Without taking offense, the problem is that there's very little support for it, and sadly, very much risk. :-(.

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at December 5, 2007 10:22 PM

I agree with the anonymous coward. I'd rather read your other posts than the commentary on how you aren't getting a lot of traffic (which will become a self-fulfilling prophecy if it starts turning readers away). Then again, I guess that is just your style and it makes us feel home here :)

Posted by: Philipp Lenssen at December 6, 2007 06:49 AM

It's evidence as to the uselessness of blogging, if you want to be heard beyond a tiny fan audience.

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at December 6, 2007 08:12 AM

#4 hit for Wikipedia Cabal? Damn. Many months ago I spent a long time writing up an essay on the phenomenon here:

Unfortunately something about WR prevents it from showing up in Google Search results. :-( All that work for nought.

Posted by: Anon1234 at December 8, 2007 12:36 PM