Sun. Jun 16, 2002
Blogallery – Nick Denton coins a new word, puts a fine new project online, and you get to benefit from the results. You can now put a face to the words: "As a small part of a broader weblog directory project, I’m collecting photos of weblog authors [...] In case you’re wondering, the criteria for inclusion were Alexa position, celebrity factor—and a whole lot of subjectivity. The gallery will expand."
And there I am, on the same page as Whil Wheaton and RuPaul. I’m flattered to be included, but it’s slightly disturbing on a couple of levels (proximity to RuPaul aside). I don’t see myself as in the same league as a lot of those listed, in terms of traffic or popularity. When presented with supposed evidence to the contrary, like my listing in the top twenty in the Blogosphere Ecosystem, I scoff at the methodology, and instead see it as proof that numbers do lie. There may be 132 web logs that have links to my site, but that doesn’t mean anyone actually clicks them.
My traffic remains several notches below that of those others in the top twenty. Don’t get me wrong, I’m perfectly fine with the that, but this kind of thing could actually reduce my visitors. Steven Den Beste drives a fair amount of traffic to my site, and has a link policy unlike that of many web log authors: "I have an extensive list of outside sites elsewhere here, but for the sidebar I’ve decided that what I want to do is to keep a short list of sites which are not heavily trafficked but which I think are high quality. In other words, I’m trying to do what I wished others had done for me last year."