I'll be honest, I've struggled a little bit with finding the motivation to post simply due to losing my momentum from taking off a week. For some strange reason it just hasn't come back to me like I want it to. I promise, once I get my groove back, I'll let you call me Stella.
Ok, maybe not
Also, the promotion I've been waiting on for over two years finally came last week and I've been beyond exhausted when I have had the time post. I'm sure I dumped some of that motivation to write into my restaurant this week.
But, in an effort to become better at blogging in general, this week I've focused mainly on researching blogs in other genres. While researching other blogs, I found 36 established "writer's" posts that I added to Google Reader and, hopefully, some of the things I learn at these sites will help to make TNB even better than it's been in the past.
From time to time I'll inform you guys of other sites that you might find interesting. But for tonight, I wanted to point out something about our own blogs.
Over the weekend I spent some time helping Mario update the Sports Card Directory he's maintained for months. While setting up a folder to keep track of the card blogs still updating in September, I noticed something in Reader that I had not seen before.
Now, take this entire post with a grain of salt. I know Google Reader is not the only Feed Reader out there. I know it's probably not the best and if anyone uses something that they like better than Google, please let me know. I haven't invested any time in the other Readers simply because there hasn't been any time to invest.
For anyone familiar with Google Reader you might find this information trivial. I found it quite interesting.
Directly under the Feed Settings box you'll find a link to hide or show details:
I accidentally clicked to show details tonight and found the above information about Treasure Never Buried. Google Reader will apparently tell you how many subscribers there are for any blog that you subscribe to along with the average posts per week.
I'm a little concerned that these numbers could be inaccurate due to a glitch or a "misread" by Google in this software. But, assuming these numbers are right, I set out to find the top 20 blogs by number of subscribers. This is what I found out:
|Site||Link||Subscribers||Posts per week|
|The Ugly Baseball Card Project||http://uglybaseballcard.blogspot.com/||154||1.2|
|A Pack A Day||http://apackaday.blogspot.com/||78||27.1|
|The Baseball Card Blog||http://baseballcardblog.blogspot.com/||77||2.8|
|88 Topps Cards||http://88topps.blogspot.com/||61||27.8|
|Sports Cards Uncensored||http://www.sportscardsuncensored.com/||48||15.4|
|Thorzul Will Rule||http://thorzul.blogspot.com/||29||6.1|
|Beckett Behind The Scenes||http://blogbeckett.wordpress.com/||29||7.9|
|Awesomely Bad Wax||http://badwax.net/||28||14.9|
|White Sox Cards||http://whitesoxcards.blogspot.com/||28||16.1|
|Things Done To Cards||http://thingsdonetocards.blogspot.com/||23||3.7|
|Treasure Never Buried||http://treasureneverburied.blogspot.com/||23||7.9|
|John's Old School Box Breaks||http://oldschoolbreaks.wordpress.com/||22||0.5|
|The Fleer Sticker Project||http://fleersticker.blogspot.com/||22||1.9|
|Oriole's Card “O” Of The Day||http://oriolescards.blogspot.com/||21||7|
Like I said before, this doesn't reflect data from any other source than Google Reader. When coupled with the subscribers at different feed readers, the list could change dramatically. But, even still, there's no science to the figures.
But, doesn't it make you wonder about some of the trends displayed here. You have sites that update on average 3 times a week yet still have a massive amount of subscribers. But, then you have a site like WaxHeaven that posts 25+ times per week yet still doesn't have the highest overall subscribers. I think it would be impossible to sit down and try to map the mentality of those subscribing.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that this doesn't paint a fair and accurate picture of the reality of our work but it does make me question alot of things.
For me, this opens up a whole new world of consideration for what makes a good blog. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Personally, I don't look at this and fret that I only have 23 subscribers. I look at it as I have 23 readers using Google Reader. Who knows how many don't use a Reader of any sort that come back daily to check for updates. There is a million possibilities of where you could take the information. I'm not advocating, complaining or praising the findings. I just think it's curious the way it stacks.
Anyways, congrats to everyone on the list. 20+ people subscribing is plenty enough reason for me to keep going on the days I wanna quit. I hope other's feel the same.
Take the data for what it's worth. You might not be interested and you might disagree with some of the numbers. These are simply the findings of one controlled effort to research the reasons behind those numbers.
Hope this comes in handy for someone. Maybe I'll post some of my opinions on why these numbers are what they are.