The case of the missing 558 posts

Out of 1,048 items on my link blog in the past 30 days only 490 came from the top 35 blogs.

So, more than half of the value of that link blog came from the B, C, D … Z list of my 772 feeds.

Shows that being on the A list isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. If you’re only reading the “A list” you’re missing 558 posts.

Comments

  1. Interesting, Robert.

    What are a few of your favorite B and C and D sites? I subscribe to your shared feed but hard for me to tell which of the non-A listers get “high marks” from you.

    I’m a relatively new blogger, so would help me learn.

  2. Interesting, Robert.

    What are a few of your favorite B and C and D sites? I subscribe to your shared feed but hard for me to tell which of the non-A listers get “high marks” from you.

    I’m a relatively new blogger, so would help me learn.

  3. Hey Robert,

    I have a problem with your link blog or maybe with all shared google reader blogs (I don’t know, because I only subscribed to your blog). I use google reader, too.

    Your blog is named ‘Items shared by’ in my reader, because I can’t rename it. In the rename dialog it is called ‘Items shared by scobleizer.com’ (incl. this html code). If I try to rename it, google reader won’t allow it.

    Is it a setting of your blog, or do you have the same problems and it’s a bug in google reader?

  4. Hey Robert,

    I have a problem with your link blog or maybe with all shared google reader blogs (I don’t know, because I only subscribed to your blog). I use google reader, too.

    Your blog is named ‘Items shared by’ in my reader, because I can’t rename it. In the rename dialog it is called ‘Items shared by scobleizer.com’ (incl. this html code). If I try to rename it, google reader won’t allow it.

    Is it a setting of your blog, or do you have the same problems and it’s a bug in google reader?

  5. Robert,
    I think that the problem is that more casual internet users will may be read 30-100 articles per week (how many articles are there in Newsweek?) – there has always more good information out there than you can read (Just walk into a library and you will notice more great books than you could read in a lifetime if you did nothing but read).

    So how do you get from 1048 to 100? to my 100? Today Digg seems to provide the best answer to this question. Tomorrow?

  6. Robert,
    I think that the problem is that more casual internet users will may be read 30-100 articles per week (how many articles are there in Newsweek?) – there has always more good information out there than you can read (Just walk into a library and you will notice more great books than you could read in a lifetime if you did nothing but read).

    So how do you get from 1048 to 100? to my 100? Today Digg seems to provide the best answer to this question. Tomorrow?

  7. Is that not just the long-tail of the blogosphere?

    The balance of knowledge seems to be constantly shifting from the A-list bloggers down to the people who just have something relevant, insiteful, interesting or thought provoking to say…

    Can I have a go on the see-saw now please?

  8. Is that not just the long-tail of the blogosphere?

    The balance of knowledge seems to be constantly shifting from the A-list bloggers down to the people who just have something relevant, insiteful, interesting or thought provoking to say…

    Can I have a go on the see-saw now please?

  9. It’s hard for me to say which ones are my favorites. Really the answer is that everyone I read is really an A list blogger of some kind. If I didn’t like them and/or they didn’t provide some value to my life I wouldn’t subscribe to them.

  10. It’s hard for me to say which ones are my favorites. Really the answer is that everyone I read is really an A list blogger of some kind. If I didn’t like them and/or they didn’t provide some value to my life I wouldn’t subscribe to them.

  11. Off topic..

    If facebook will be the new infrastructure, for the new generation, will the world stop when it craps out?

    “Facebook is temporarily unavailable.

    We are working on it…”

    Sorry, I think they aimed too high (or bloggers are over-positioning it). It is one of many social networks. Does not deserve nor should it be the hub of anything. Even the googleplex isn’t reliable enough for that role.

    The internet ecosystem is the only thing resilient enough (just) to underpin everything.

  12. Off topic..

    If facebook will be the new infrastructure, for the new generation, will the world stop when it craps out?

    “Facebook is temporarily unavailable.

    We are working on it…”

    Sorry, I think they aimed too high (or bloggers are over-positioning it). It is one of many social networks. Does not deserve nor should it be the hub of anything. Even the googleplex isn’t reliable enough for that role.

    The internet ecosystem is the only thing resilient enough (just) to underpin everything.

  13. @Justin – believe it or not I was going to post the same exact thing about FB problems here (since unfortunately FB week is over!)

    A bit annoying since we do use FB for work-related purposes to, and the last few days have been a nightmare. Group members disappeared all of a sudden, my account is ‘unavailable’ more often than not and now this total outage.

    I wonder if it has to do with the API; must be a nightmare having all those semi-tested 3rd party apps to look after!

  14. @Justin – believe it or not I was going to post the same exact thing about FB problems here (since unfortunately FB week is over!)

    A bit annoying since we do use FB for work-related purposes to, and the last few days have been a nightmare. Group members disappeared all of a sudden, my account is ‘unavailable’ more often than not and now this total outage.

    I wonder if it has to do with the API; must be a nightmare having all those semi-tested 3rd party apps to look after!

  15. Robert,

    I am glad you said that every blogger you read is an A list blogger of some kind. I really hate the idea that because someone has a diehard following that this person is actually contributing more than anyone else.

    After leaving the Microsoft echo chamber of blogs I have found that there are many great tech bloggers out there that work on anything but the Microsoft platform. This has in turn made me into a more pragmatic and better programmer and teacher.

    It just proves the point that listening to the minority at times can yield better results than listening to the mob.

  16. Robert,

    I am glad you said that every blogger you read is an A list blogger of some kind. I really hate the idea that because someone has a diehard following that this person is actually contributing more than anyone else.

    After leaving the Microsoft echo chamber of blogs I have found that there are many great tech bloggers out there that work on anything but the Microsoft platform. This has in turn made me into a more pragmatic and better programmer and teacher.

    It just proves the point that listening to the minority at times can yield better results than listening to the mob.

  17. It is a crisis among the FB developers as they realized something was majorly broken with their security model. I suppose they’re trying to figure it out before turning it back on again:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/07/31/facebook/

    I think that is worse than a random outage. An object lesson in the fragility of an ecosystem with no diversity. Facebook itself (or the web2.0 fb koolaiders) want a nice neat new fast infrastructure with which the world shares their personal stuff in a controlled manner, because getting it off the internet means no more hassles with standards and interoperability and companies that flame out, but they ignore the dark side of that wish.

  18. It is a crisis among the FB developers as they realized something was majorly broken with their security model. I suppose they’re trying to figure it out before turning it back on again:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/07/31/facebook/

    I think that is worse than a random outage. An object lesson in the fragility of an ecosystem with no diversity. Facebook itself (or the web2.0 fb koolaiders) want a nice neat new fast infrastructure with which the world shares their personal stuff in a controlled manner, because getting it off the internet means no more hassles with standards and interoperability and companies that flame out, but they ignore the dark side of that wish.

  19. Your blog is getting really boring. There isn’t really anything interesting anymore to read on your blog. And many people I know are really tired of reading your everyday adventures. They should be kept for a Britney Spears fan blog. This blog is losing quality.

  20. Your blog is getting really boring. There isn’t really anything interesting anymore to read on your blog. And many people I know are really tired of reading your everyday adventures. They should be kept for a Britney Spears fan blog. This blog is losing quality.

  21. James: really? Well, here’s some things to consider:

    1) I’ve interviewed more than 200 CEOs over at http://www.scobleshow.com in just the past 11 months. Go watch some videos. You might learn something.

    2) I read more than 800 blogs and pick the best ones for you at http://www.google.com/reader/shared/14480565058256660224 — compared to that blog this is definitely boring. Really boring.

    3) I have a new Kyte.tv channel where I’m putting interesting people. CEO of ActiveWords was on there yesterday. So was the most famous blogger in Singapore. http://www.kyte.tv/scobleizer

    4) I Twitter most days at http://www.twitter.com/scobleizer

    5) My Facebook aggregates a whole bunch of things. Why don’t you add me there?

    But, no, it’s easier to just say “your blog is getting really boring.”

    Why don’t you write your own and show me how it’s done?

  22. James: really? Well, here’s some things to consider:

    1) I’ve interviewed more than 200 CEOs over at http://www.scobleshow.com in just the past 11 months. Go watch some videos. You might learn something.

    2) I read more than 800 blogs and pick the best ones for you at http://www.google.com/reader/shared/14480565058256660224 — compared to that blog this is definitely boring. Really boring.

    3) I have a new Kyte.tv channel where I’m putting interesting people. CEO of ActiveWords was on there yesterday. So was the most famous blogger in Singapore. http://www.kyte.tv/scobleizer

    4) I Twitter most days at http://www.twitter.com/scobleizer

    5) My Facebook aggregates a whole bunch of things. Why don’t you add me there?

    But, no, it’s easier to just say “your blog is getting really boring.”

    Why don’t you write your own and show me how it’s done?

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