The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 January 2003

The book of numbers

You can definitely tell that Oscar Jr. is starting to get into the groove here; he's churned out a piece which is called, so help me Hannah and her sisters, A Preliminary and Shoddy Statistical Analysis of the Heights of the Blogosphere.

Crunching data from the Myelin Blogging Ecosystem, Oscar has determined that, on average, ten extra blogs in your blogroll will get you four extra links in return. I'm not sure exactly when you're supposed to add those ten to achieve the desired effect, and I have some general qualms about futzing with blogrolls — the ninety or so blogs I list are there because they are regularly read, not because I think I stand to gain anything from their presence — but it's an interesting statistic nonetheless, and I'd like to see someone do a study on how many links you can garner from delinking someone or from demanding that someone else delink.

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[moved to a new post for space reasons] [edited extensively] Charles G. Hill wrote: I'm not sure exactly when you're supposed to add those ten to achieve the desired effect, and I have some general qualms about futzing with blogrolls......[read more]

To my utter mystification, and in utter confoundment of Oscar's number-crunching, I am linked by a great many more blogs than are in my blogroll.

I live to contradict the statisticians.

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at 4:04 PM on 30 January 2003

Well, my particular list can't get too much bigger; I have enough trouble keeping up with what's there. (My incoming/outgoing ratio is about 2/5, and Myelin denies my very existence.)

I suspect that I might do better were this site more focused. Or focused at all.

Posted by: CGHill at 4:18 PM on 30 January 2003

Ha! I defy you both & have no one linked to me! Yet. :)

Becky

Posted by: Cyberangel at 8:30 PM on 30 January 2003

Oh, yeah? Just you wait.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:39 PM on 30 January 2003

I shall attempt to address these comments, and Bigwig's and Mr. Hill's on my site, in an update. I don't know that I can get to them all tonight, though.

Posted by: Oscar Jr. at 9:21 PM on 30 January 2003

Hey, what happened to my hard-earned anonimity?

I'll be exploring your site, & Oscar's, next week. I don't do a lot of surfing on the weekends.

Becky

Posted by: Cyberangel at 1:04 PM on 1 February 2003

Meanwhile, the Myelin data-cruncher has apparently taken note of my presence at last: the most recent version (as of 5 February) lists this site as #442 among the most-linked and #165 among the most prolific linkers - 56 in, 80 out. (How he breaks ties, I don't know; there are seven others at 56 in and thirteen at 80 out.) I expect to fall off again once the heady traffic figures of this week subside.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:58 PM on 5 February 2003