Dog whistle blogging: nz blogosphere shake-down
The list is complete.
Congratulations to those achieving the highest rankings do not have to be given, nor will they be in this case... and certainly not by me. We should be Number 1. The fact we are not haunts me and taints my mood somewhat.
I do actually agonise that this time there will be a simple and massively obvious fault. Bitching about the methodology I encourage, but a major cock-up, well, let's not even think about it.
It feels like I have failed as a human being because this blog is not in the top ten. I do take it personally. It's disappointing. It's not my fault that I'm viewed by our key demographics as being an insane, radical, anti-semite, Maori-lover, thieving, prisoner-whore, or that Mr Bradbury is a fat, lefty, peacenik, traitor, fag. But they are an important sector of the market, these people who view us in those terms, and they will be going ballistic as we edge closer to the election. They will be insufferably smug and taunting as Labour's woes compound. I expect to see them rage through the blogosphere, and they will meet the mobolised and terrified left at the burning barricades of the comments sections. I think a lot of the audience will be increasingly partisan.
Please note the new formula used:
TRAFFIC (Average daily unique visits)
+ INCOMING LINKS (Technorati "Authority")
+ POSTS (Average posts per week)
+ COMMENTS (Average highest commented post per week)
= RANKING SCORE
The old ttlb/Truth Laid Bear data was always fucked. Fucked. It always was screwy. So I dumped it and just use the Technorati Authority which seems to do a good job and is available for just about all types of blogs. Comments have been added as part of the equation to support the idea that comments are an important part of blogging; and the posts with the most comments in each week are averaged because that information is comfortably ascertained and the figure produced is in a similar range to the ttlb scores.
I think quality is generally reflected in the rankings and the scores - to a degree. I don't think that people would ever say the bottom ten or twenty or even the middle ten or twenty could ever match the top ten or twenty. I don't think the scores are misleading as such, but they do reflect social and political groupings and networks of personal friends and narrow tastes. So editorial content may be superlative, but if the subject matter is religious - to use a pertinent example - then no matter how eloquent the prose or lucid the argument it will never attract a wide an audience as someone who sticks pictures of chicks with guns on every day will have - to use another pertinent example.
So from viewing all these blogs I found a few that I thought were substantially under-appreciated by the masses:
#26 In a strange land - she's a bleeding heart white liberal feminist, but I like reading her, it's like exploring uncharted territory.
#34 Liberty Scott - think: Idiot/Savant's style, Trevor Loudon's research, Peter Cresswell's thinking.
#35 Hot Topic - the climate change blog is getting hotter, was previously at #68.
#42 The visible hand in economics - economic boffins from infometrics... OK that sounded apretty lame... it probably is at fair value. I think it's interesting - maybe that's just me.
#45 Kotare - The Strategist - he's just so thoroughly woody you start smelling pipe smoke when you're reading it.
#48 Aotearoa a wider perspective - in this day and age of conspiracy this is the conspiracy HQ and I thought this type of thing would be a lot more popular. Not that I'm endorsing anything on there - it's nutty.
#49 Reading the Maps - so easy to be sucked into reading this - start anywhere.
#55 The Hand Mirror - feminist bloggers... it's like listening to adults talk when you're a child hiding under the table.
#56 Gonzo Freak Power - loved his stuff on the railways.
#61 Political Passion - Liz Shaw is a very modern woman. She shares everything on her blog - bills, politics, what she did at lunch, what she thinks about her stalkers, personal shit, everything. She may be the next topless news blogger.
#66Oswald Bastable's Ranting - Mr Bradbury's nemisis - a daily steaming letter to the editor from Garth George's misanthropic younger brother.
#74 Media Law Journal - very niche, but very relevant to bloggers.
#99 Distractions - he covers art without being arty, and has some great NZ images.
100+ Concerned of Linwood - some great, classic, shoot-from-the-hip anti-National take-downs.
100+ Barnsley Bill - a lot of piercing and succinct commentary, a lot of well-used invective- appropriately styled.
100+ Against the current - I love how much he hates the Mayor of Christchurch, "Sideshow Bob", I hate him too now too. This blog will make you love to hate him. Not since the Michael Laws-watch blog has an obsessional fixation bordering on stalking been made into an art form.
100+ Contradiction - I haven't really gotten into it because it's pretty solidly left stuff, but it looks impressive... if you're that way inclined.
100+ Kiwi back in Sydney - this guy is a great all-rounder. He can write. I feel threatened by how well he writes and what he covers. He ought to be in the top 25, not in the bottom 25.
A few who just need encouragement:
Blair Mulholland - If he was a candidate standing in the upcoming general election it might help... if he knew what party he was in this month might also be helpful.
Rodney Hide - He's still faffing around, psychologically disengaged I think is what they call it nowdays. Just happy to be the MP for Epsom and not much more. Can't be bothered blogging now. He used to do it every day. Now he's probably getting laid every day! That would explain EVERYTHING.
Born On State Highway One - ex-Craccum editors who don't have the discipline of the weekly deadline are in danger of editorial atrophy.
If anyone knows of any blogs that were missed in this survey please put the name and a link in the comments section.
Thank you all, dear bloggers, for providing such interesting and distracting free content.