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September 23, 2002

Thesis, Antithesis The Carnival of

Thesis, Antithesis

The Carnival of the Vanities seems to have to, if not struck a nerve, at least scraped a neuron. The Safety Valve likes it, as does Bill Quick, who has threatened to steal the sucker wholesale. While that is immensely complimentary to the idea itself, my first reaction was to screech But if he does, then I won't have any traffic! in my most spoiled little girl voice. Not that I could handle a tenth of the posts coming in from the blogosphere as a whole if the idea really caught on. The second thing I thought was how easy it would be for a unscrupulous blogger (ok, me) to game the resultant system if multiple versions of the Carnival happened to spring up. I decided not to worry about it until it happened. Besides, I'll need time to review my game plan.

Dave, of the greeblie blog, has decided that at least a possible solution to the matter would be a Emergency Blogcasting Link Solicitation System. It's a notification system, used to make sure that when his genius spills out onto the page, other bloggers can be called in to help spread the brain juice around before the stain sets and the wife gets home. I think other bloggers have tried this, with at least mixed results. I know the Captain doesn't care for them;

Please take me off of all broadcast mailing lists you may use to announce the latest post on your blog.

I don't think I'd care to debate him on the matter.

Laurence, a man almost as disgusting as me, Meryl, not the other way around, knows that's it's not easy, being green.

I've for the most part gotten over that feeling and just occasionally have pangs of envy when someone posts crap and everybody applauds and I think I've shat diamonds and I'm told not to squat on the carpet.

I get the same feeling, but it's usually about other stuff that I've written on the blog. One of the Peanuts characters once said something like "True art takes at least 15 minutes." and I can't think how many times something I just tossed off as filler garnered most of the traffic for the day, while I made frantic gestures towards the "Art" that was being ignored.

His idea is that the blogs that don't mind people e-mailing them posts to have an announcement to that effect on the site.

Maybe there should e a graphic that designated "ALL FEEDBACK WELCOME" or "WE DO NOT MIND SOLICITATIONS FOR LINKS."

And he'll link you, as well. I see more than one thing on his site today that was emailed to me as well. But...there's a downside as well. Blogs with lots of posts lessen the effect of any one post. There's a good number of hits associated with being at the top of the file13 list, but the top there is ever-changing. When Laurence is running hot, that top post could last less than 10 minutes, and vanish below 10 or 11 others in an hour or two. The farther down it goes, the less traffic there is.

Not that I think posting a lot is a bad thing. I wish to God I could post more. I don't have the time, and it really annoys me. It's one of the reasons this is a team blog. NOT THAT YOU'D NOTICE!

Ahem. Excuse me

What I'm hoping for with the Carnival is kind of an hourglass effect, where one post pulls in a large number of visitors, and sends them right back out to through the links within it. I think it'll work, but it might not, and if it doesn't then it's at least sparked a couple of other ideas on how to find the quality in the blogosphere.

Now that I've worked my way around to it, Silflay has gotten a good number of posts to start off with for the Carnival. We can always use more, and in point of fact, we need more. The first one is this Friday, and I'll try to post it just after midnight Thursday, so it can run as long as possible. If you've got a quality post that could use some more attention, e-mail to me.

Come one, come all. See the freaks on the display for the low, low price of absolutely nothing!

Posted by Bigwig at September 23, 2002 10:36 PM | TrackBack
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