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September 23, 2003

Talk Of The Town

I've been playing with the idea of another entry into the rapidly expanding weekly blog survey field spawned by the Carnival. Why, when proposals for new ones pop up almost every day? Because I'm a masochist, I suppose. It wouldn't be a replacement for the Carnival, but an adjunct to it. I'm going to call it "Talk of the Town."

The Carnival's going great guns, but as any recent host can tell you, it takes a couple of days to get the post together, which to me is right on the edge of "To Hell With It" territory. Hopefully that's not true for everyone, and I suspect that the less jaded a blogger is, the more exciting the Wednesday traffic spike is to them.

Aside: I'd be interested in knowing what, if any, long term benefits hosting the Carnival has had for the blogs where it's appeared. Did the day's exposure lead to more traffic overall, on increased visibilty within the b'sphere?

Regardless of the rewards hosting that hosting a Carnival may bring, the fact is that it's becoming unwieldy. I came close to dropping posts from the last one, which pretty much violates the spirit of the whole thing. The growth rate may slow as more Carnival children start to spin up, like the law themed Raising The Bar and the proposed China focused post roundup, but a slower increase is perhaps the best that can be hoped for.

There may be no solution short of enforcing some sort of participation limit, which would probably not be worth the time it took to begin with. I'm therefore faced with the unwelcome need to create a CotV netiquette.

So here it is, in a basic form. I'll add to it as needed.

CotV Netiquette

1. One post submission per person. If you have 18 blogs, pick a post from one and be done with it. Think of Carnival spots as candy. No one likes the grubby fat kid who tries to grab a handful of WarHeads when everyone else is being polite and taking just one.

2. The original conceit of the Carnival was that it was for posts that hadn't received the attention their creator thought they deserved. I realize that theoretically this could mean that one's post has not received adequate attention in one's opinion until it has been read by every sentient being in the universe, but as a rule of thumb let us say that if a post has been linked by a major media outlet or one of the Big Thirty then it has received adequate attention for the purposes of the Carnival.

A bit of balm for the sting. These posts are probably naturals for Talk of the Town, about which there will be more as soon as I finish plowing through this ever-lengthening intro.

3. Don't be a Carnival slut. If a post has been submitted to the Carnival or one of its offspring, refrain from sending it round to all the others.

4. Pretend that submitting a post to the Carnival costs you a dollar. If you're not willing to part with a dollar to give a post more exposure, then it's not really that great a post, is it? Be aware that if the Carnival keeps growing, this pretend dollar may turn into a real one, to defray the time costs incurred by each week's host.

Talk Of The Town

One way to measure a post's popularity is by counting the links back to it, a la Blogdex. But there is another measure of a particular post's impact. Linkbacks reflect the impact of a particular post on the blogosphere, but the most immediate impact of a post is on a blog's audience. That impact is measured in comments.

One of the first things I do when I visit a blog is to look for which posts have generated the most feedback. The writing within those posts is likely to be the most interesting or compelling parts of the entire blog, for it was powerful enough to provoke comment from an audience used to lurking.

TotT is unlike Cotv in that, though a blogger must submit a particular post, his or her readers select the submission. Not by writing me or voting in some buggy online poll, but by doing what comes naturally, commenting on the ideas contained in the blog. Talk of the Town is a survey of the best posts in the blogosphere, ranked by the number of comments they provoked.

Obviously, in order to participate in a TotT, a blog must have comments enabled. Yes, blogs with big audiences or rabid commenters would enjoy a big advantage in such a system, but the big blogs, aside from the dependable Michele, either don't participate in the surveys or eschew comments.

If LGF chooses to participate, there's nothing I can do.

To me at least, Talk of the Town implies a certain immediacy, so submissions for each of the Saturday surveys should come from the week prior to each. Should you want to participate, send me a link along the lines of a Carnival submission by Friday at 8 pm EST. Bloggers who I suspect of artficially inflating their comment count on a particular post will get a special section of their very own in TotT, once I figure out what shameful title to give to it.

Assuming anyone goes to the trouble. I know I would.

Posted by Bigwig at September 23, 2003 09:32 PM | TrackBack
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