New to this blogging game, I’m interested in Tumeke‘s rankings for New Zealand blogs. In an ego-maniacal (murahahahahahahah) way, in a what is out there worth reading way, and in a how the hell do you work that out way. Tim Selwyn uses a formula incorporating traffic, unique visitors, comments and number of posts to determine rankings.
Then I stumbled across Scrubone at Halfdone, doing a similar job based on Alexa rankings (whatever the hell that means, no please don’t explain, I’m good with the ignorance).
And finally, Bill Bennett has put together a ranking of NZ blogs using WordPress – apparently less popular than Blogspot. He has Homepaddock nudging out the top spot for wordpressers – but H/P argues in the comments that because the two blogs immediately below – Dimpost and Poneke – receive more comments, they are probably more popular.
This made me wonder about my blog – because everyone knows sometimes you write something you’re really happy with, and it feels like the blogosphere doesn’t notice. Other times you write a drunken-off-the-cuff rant (well, other bloggers do I’m told) and something in it fits for other people. Weird.
So I checked out the 7 most popular posts I’ve made, with comments, to see if there is any correlation. Chosen the random number of seven because these posts are far and away the most read.
The two most popular posts I’ve written by far are one on the Maori seats and democracy (0 comments) and one on shorthand not working very well for Maori words (2 comments). First post lots of links in to it from quite a range of countries and types of site, second none that I know of, but lots of search engine traffic. So popularity = comments not really true for these two.
Next five are a cluster of posts about rape being called sex (1 comment); wellington central election candidates and gender equality (1 comment); false rape allegations (14 comments); kiwi names (2 comments); and women in NZ political parties (2 comments). These posts (barring the kiwi names one) have in common links in from various feminist carnivals, but with the exception of the false rape allegations comments – which were mostly interesting and thought provoking with one slippage into just plain nasty – again, comments pretty thin on the ground.
So with the exception of the false rape allegations post, my most read posts are not particularly well-commented upon, no more so than less read posts. I’m kinda interested in this – some sites have a huge number of commentators – so I wonder what makes that more likely, if it’s not just popularity? Writing style maybe? I sometimes get messages sent to me via comments or email about a blog which I’m asked not to publish, so I don’t – these tend to be of the “you go girl” variety mostly.
Be interested to hear from other bloggers what their experiences are.