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Thanks, Guy
I always appreciate hearing from you -- and I understand how difficult it is to comment on everything you read when you have other things to do besides spending all day on Blogit,  And I don't have the excuse of not being a touch typist.  I took a typing class way back in high school.  But it didn't make me fast or speed up my thought processes.  I knew a career sergeant back in my army days who could type faster and more accurately with two fingers than I could with ten.  I'm trying to do better in the area of commenting on what I read, but like you I also have other demands on my time.  It's one of the reasons I came up with the idea of occasionally listing the names of those who do comment on my posts.

posted by notapoet on July 13, 2009 at 11:08 PM | link to this | reply

I always read your lists


       For some reason, I too am fascinated with stats, but I have no idea why! Call it a harmless quirk. Remind you of that new Nicholas Cage movie? Perhaps, it helps me get my mind around the many things that mystify me, or maybe to spot a new trend in the making. I always enjoy your jokes too, even the groaners. Each day, I can be depended on to click upon; You, Corbin, Cricket, Naut, Sam, Strat, (whenever he finds the time to write!) and any headline that piques my curiosity. Oftentimes, I don't have anything to say, in the form of a comment, and I know that I ought to say SOMETHING anyway, just to let everyone know that I read their stuff. My only defense is that I'm a one-finger typer with very little spare time.


posted by northsage_45 on July 12, 2009 at 6:28 AM | link to this | reply

Everything I use in these lists is available to anyone who cares to look for it.  For the Top 100 numbers it's simply a matter of counting up how many different blogs any given category has in the ranking for each update.  It's only a little more complicated to find the number of active blogs (my designation) for the 7-day period covered by an update.  You must click on the name of a category to get started.  This is easiest if you start from any one of the pages that has a list of all the categories on the left hand side of the page.  When you click on a category name you get a page listing 25 blogs in that category from most recent to oldest.  If all the blogs on the page have a posting more recent than seven days ago, you simply click "next" (or on a page number) at the bottom of the page until you come to a page that includes blogs whose most recent post was more than seven days ago.  Then it's simply a matter of tallying up the number of blogs in the category that were active within seven days.  It takes a little time, but it's much simpler and less time consuming than methods I used some time back.

posted by notapoet on July 11, 2009 at 12:37 AM | link to this | reply

How on Earth do you find that information out?

posted by calia14 on July 10, 2009 at 10:37 PM | link to this | reply

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