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Wednesday, January 21, 2004

The Most Popular Categories

Yesterday was the two-month anniversary of the introduction of four new categories to the BN. For all of you new to the network, Lists & Information, News & Politics, Sports, and Travel made their first appearance on November 20, 2003. At the time I was doing a series of rankings of the various... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Experiment Over

Yes, blog fans, its true. Mentioning other bloggers in your subject line does seem to generate clicks. My advice is to avoid overusing it to the point that it becomes obvious that you are begging for attention (clicks). As much fun as my little experiment was, I'm afraid its just not me. I belong to... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Thanks bpsibley, Ariala, and sam1535

If this looks like a click trick, it is -- sort of. It is a legitimate expression of gratitude for your comments on my most recent post. It is also an experiment for which I apologize for involving the three of you in. You each deserve your own comment and you shall get it. The click trick part is,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 17, 2004

Ariala, WileyCoyote, Tamara99, sam1535, benzinha, and marieth

I thank you all for your kind comments and astute observations during my absence. I also want to thank all of you who read without commenting. Loyal and faithful readers keep one from fading into complete obscurity. They also keep the fire alive, the desire to return and participate again. Some may... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Blogging for Dollars

Experienced BN members repeatedly give excellent advice on how to make it to the Top 10 and stay there. Concentrate on a comfortable number of blogs to which you can post at least once daily, preferably more if your goal really is the Top 10. Write attention-getting subject lines. Follow this with... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 27, 2003

Blogging Routine

In my "WRITERS WRITE" blog I mentioned that I am an early riser. I take advantage of the quiet early hours to write every day. Early morning also figures prominently in my regular blogging routine. When I first joined the BN a little more than two months ago I discovered that the "Top 100 Most Read... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Never say Never

No matter how unlikely it seems when you say "I'll never do that again," or "I'd never do that," the circumstances of life seem designed to put us in the position that we have to make liars out of ourselves. That is why I've learned to hedge my bets and to make no promises except ones that I'm... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 22, 2003

The Final Installment

And I'm glad of it. I won't rehash what a pain it was keeping up the surveys I finally finished earlier this month. Nor will I go into detail about how tedious it has been to finish up my housekeeping by explaining how I arrived at each of the three different rankings I used. I'll try to keep this... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Promises Kept and Promises Broken

Promises are often very hard to keep. For my wife, it was our wedding vows. For me its nothing so drastic. I often end up making promises, stated or implied, I don't really want to keep. Sometimes afterthought makes me realize that I didn't want to keep. Lack of forethought also often results in... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 8, 2003

And the Winners Are...Updated

Bet you thought I was going to make you wait at least a day before I began to reveal all. Actually, I simply didn't have time to post everything I wanted to about "Categories Ranked By Total Number Of Blogs" in my last post. I had to break off to take care of some pressing business. I'm not really... Sign in to see full entry.

And the Winners Are...

When I discontinued my BN Surveys, I stated that in the future I would explain how to calculate each of the three rankings I used for any of those interested in attempting it themselves. I guess the future starts today. I'm going to start off with the easiest one: "Categories Ranked By Total Number... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 1, 2003

Notapoet's BN Survey #13

Here it is folks, the last one of these I ever plan to do in such detail. The hell with rankings, these surveys have taken almost five hours a day out of my life for more than a month. I'll continue to be fascinated by statistics and what makes bloggers tick. I'll miss any of you who have been... Sign in to see full entry.

Notapoet's BN Survey #12

This is my next to last survey. If not for the necessity of completing my school projects, I would have quit after #11. It takes far too much time to do this on a regular basis, time that I hope to spend writing and interacting in the future. However, I will do one future blog telling how I collect... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 30, 2003

Notapoet's BN Survey #11 Update #3

This third and final update of my BN Survey #11 highlights the most significant of the various rankings that I have used. This ranking by top 10 index of popularity gives the truest indicator of which categories are the real movers and shakers. As in the previous updates, all data is accurate as of... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 29, 2003

Notapoet's BN Survey #11 Update #2

This update, as in the case of my first update of BN Survey #11, represents a comparison of data collected on 11-27-03 and 11-20-03. Each of these blocks of data are in reality a snapshot of a single day in the life of BN and this should be kept in mind when drawing conclusions or planning future... Sign in to see full entry.

Notapoet's BN Survey #11 Update #1

This is the first of three projected updates of my BN Survey #11. In the comments I attempt to indicate what some of the numbers mean and what they might indicate for the future. The data is accurate as of 5:00 A.M. Eastern Time, 11-27-03. Please note that a second number in parentheses, separated... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 28, 2003

Notapoet's BN Survey #11

WOW! Talk about changes, almost everything has changed and is still changing since the introduction of 4 new categories one week ago. Rather than create a post that would take a fast reader more than an hour to read, I present the following rankings without comment. Between now and the next posted... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 27, 2003

Coming Attraction

Notapoet's BN Survey #11 is almost ready. It has been a week since the four new categories appeared and some very interesting things have happened to a couple of the rankings. I would like to be able to give you all the data now, but I'm about to leave for my Thanksgiving dinner. Forgive me this... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 21, 2003

How to Get Into the Top 10...

long enough to brag you made it. First of all, forget about immediately jumping into the Top Blogs. That takes more brilliance, perseverance, and just plain damn luck than most of us have. Of those three qualities, the perseverance and luck are most important. It takes a lot of instense blogging and... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Hot Damn! Four new categories to play with!

Although it does shoot the hell out of my BN surveys after today. Such is the price of progress. Advice? If your blog remotely fits one of the new categories (Lists & Information, Politics, Sports, and Travel), go for it. I'm now a proud member of the new Sports category. Hmmn? I wonder if this blog... Sign in to see full entry.

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