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Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience

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August 16, 2005

Learning about my own blog through others research

Learning about my own blog through others research

It seems that professional-lurker has been the subject of another study.  Walt Crawford at Cites & Insights newsletter has published Investigating the Biblioblogosphere, scroll down to page 2. 

What did he find?  Well he placed this blog in the top 60 LIS blogs.  His criteria was:

Blogs by one or a small group (up to four) of self-identified library people (not "official library" blogs or large-group blogs such as PLA Blog and LISNews), with at least one posting in 2005 (some of the lists don't weed dead blogs) and at least one RSS/ATOM feed (because it's too hard to investigate otherwise).

I assume that all are also English language blogs though that is not explicitly stated in the criteria.

Professional-lurker was mentioned in these areas during April-June 2005:

Professional-lurker falls into the "Broad Reach by Some Measures: Group 3"

I've included here blogs that, while not scoring in the top 50 (well, 48) on the final "reach" measure, were in the top 40 of either Bloglines subscriptions or the top 30 in Google links, MSN links, or AllTheWeb links. Any of these-and, arguably, others as well-could belong in the "top 50."

Crawford said the following about professional-lurker specifically. NOTE: I love to listen to Louis Armstrong but it's his name not mine...the Louis part. *sigh*

Professional-Lurker Subtitle: comments by an academic in cyberspace. Author: Louis Ann Scheidt. Mostly professional, moderate voice. Metrics: frequent posts, second-highest overall word count, essayist.

The list is interesting.  I certainly don't see myself as an essayist...though without the CFP's - which do get long - professional-lurker would still be above the averages on word count or at least that is my impression.  I was introduced to one of the new webmasters in my department last week when I was on campus...his first comment was "Oh your the one that has all those long post on your blog."  Then he made a hand gesture of a scroll unrolling and unrolling.  *sigh*  Yes that is me.

I think the only metrics that I am unhappy with are the conversational ones.  I do wish that professional-lurker was a more conversational space.  Of course I know I had very limited choices about limiting the availability of comments before the upgrade, but now that comments are back on I hope these metrics will be distinctly different in a year.  Based on the number of comments added since the upgrade I have no doubt that will be true.

Word count = 530.  Over the average yet again.  LOL  Even exceeded professional-lurker's average for the period.

Meta discussion of the blog itself

Posted by prolurkr at August 16, 2005 09:28 PM

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I would note that it's explicitly not "THE top 60," and on reflection I shouldn't even have said "A top 50," which I did...I should have said "60 interesting library-related weblogs" and let it go at that (and will use that approach if there's a repeat).

Yes, English-language was a restriction (and got edited out of the essay, and I've apologized for that at Walt at Random). It might or might not be if there's a repeat--a big If.

Nothing wrong with writing essay-length posts. You write good ones.

Posted by: walt crawford at August 17, 2005 10:29 AM

Sorry about the confusion intent was to say that the list was of the top 60 blogs which you studied, taken from a larger list. You are right there has to be a better way to say this so it's clear that the list is not a third party hierarchical ranking.

Thank you for the complement. Essays are grand…it’s just that I’ve never thought of myself as an essayist. Have to add that to my self descriptor list.

Posted by: Lois at August 17, 2005 05:47 PM