Where’s the cheese ?

– PhilliesOutside –

Why do we have the latest leaders board? 

Is it nice to know if your blog is seen more than someone else’s?

Are we being polite when we say “it doesn’t matter where on the list
we are”?

How do you really feel when your blog is seen less than someone who only
posted 1 post over 18 months ago?

It’s like asking “should Armando Galarraga suffer for the mistake of
some umpire who was not paying attention”? it was obvious to everyone that Jason
Donald
was out, everyone except Jim Joyce the umpire in question. Who
complained the least, the guy with the most to lose, Galarraga. The
problem is Joyce is the one that will be in the history books now and not
Galarraga. Of course Jim Joyce was man enough to admit his mistake
after the fact, but too little too late, if MLB re-adjust’s the numbers to show a
perfect game as many people have been calling for, this will set a precedence
and cause so many other requests for reviews of game outcomes, it would do
nothing except lengthen an already long season. – Okay that sent me just
tad off topic –

I guess what I am saying is, if we’re going to have a list of the top ‘blogillion’
blogs, shouldn’t it be a fair playing field for all. I can glance down the list
of blogs and instantly see those that I visit on a regular basis, I can also see
those that I know have no action and those that just appeared, and of course
there are those that have been lucky enough to be highlighted by the MLBlogosphere
and have miraculously jumped up the ranking considerably. I know Mark Newman
is a very busy man with MLBAM and all, but surely he has people that deal
with this now, or at least some guru/geek that can decipher the good the bad and
the ugly.

At this point there are no more questions just statements, the lists that
represents the Pro Blogs and the Beat Writers are of
course just what they are, it will be tough for a beat writer to compete with
Todd Zolecki
at the ZOZONE
simply because if anyone has been there regularly they know there are a few
people that seem to openly live there lives in the comments section of his blog,
of which is available both through the MLBlogosphere and of course as
regular news items on MLB.com.

The Fans Blog list however, is the one that is not on level
playing ground, there were people asking in the comments of last
months latest leaders list
how to get on the list, which is a tough question
to answer. Some of us spend as much time as we have available writing posts,
commenting on other bloggers posts in the hope that they will return the favor
and also that someone may see your link and visit your site, this works, most
bloggers do return the favor, I say most because not all do, and some don’t do
it all of the time either. -Okay moving slightly off point again – 

Lets take a look at some of the blogs that made the list this
month
and last
month

#24 is a blog that made a couple of posts in the middle of January, that’s
all this year, yet they weren’t on last months list but jumped straight in at
#24 for May.

#20 down from #19 last month hasn’t posted anything since mid August 2009,
don’t get me wrong I have nothing against these bloggers, in fact I was a
regular commenter of #20 when she was blogging.

#30 up from #41 last month, is even featured on the picture for this
month
, openly admits the blog is closed and has moved to a new location
away from mlblogs.

#33 up from #37 last month, okay this one is the funniest of all so far, 1
post in the life of the blog, that post was on April 29th 2009, yes over a year
ago, yet it still is on the list and climbing no less.

#35 down from #2 last month, this is an example of how being highlighted can
help, during March this blog found it’s way on the from of the Blogosphere.

These ones I mention are not the only blogs, they are just the ones I have
chosen to mention, there are a number of blogs with 1 or 2 entries a month or
just this 1 or 2 entries this year that seem to stick around the top twenty or
top thirty, because they have longevity in the Blogosphere. Just
one more I want to mention, last month #30 seems to move up to #27 this month,
the link however is a different link, the name on the list matches the blog it
linked to last month, but not the blog it links to this month, yet the blog it
is linked to this month is more believable as the blog that should possibly be
on the list, confused, so am I, I have no answer, so you’ll have to stay as
confused as me.

It’s fair to say most of, if not all, the top ten blogs have been around for
sometime and have made there way to the top ten because of it, or inspite of it,
it is also fair to say that some blogs stick around without any action for the
reasons. Like all newcomers to anything it takes time to be accepted and to
develop a following of any kind, it also helps when you get the assistance of
controlling organizations, like the MLBlogosphere. So hound them
till you get a front and center promotion like a couple of the top 10 blogs have
had this year already.

Strange as it may be I have no pictures in this post except that which I have
depicted with my words. Take this as you may, for some I am sure they will see
it as a gripe, a whine, for others they may just take solace in the fact that
there blog may be in the top 50, but the list just doesn’t show it.

I know my blog may have dropped 10 places and that maybe my miniscule 4500
hits (excluding my own hits of course) since season start, probably makes it a
stretch that I’m even in the top 50, but with the way the Phillies are
playing I have to whine about something and I am not going to fall into
the same trap as every other Phillies fan and complain about Charlie
or Milt or the players are getting paid to lose, sh-it happens.. or
maybe this is BP’s fault

Now where’s that cheese….

 

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14 Comments on “Where’s the cheese ?”

  1. barbward says:

    Hmm? I didn’t know any of these things. So far, you’re the only person who has commented on my blog. I write for my own entertainment and therapy but I’d surely like to know if anyone else is reading my blog. I’ll have to check it out. Anyway, thanks for commenting on my blog. I appreciate it.
    Barb at :htttp:// barbward.mlblog.com

  2. Jane Heller says:

    Peter, the list of leaders has always been somewhat mysterious to me, for all the reasons you mention. How does a blog that’s only sporadically updated make the list? I haven’t a clue, but it’s why I don’t pay much attention to the rankings and rather just keep doing what I do until it stops being fun.

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

  3. phillies_phollowers says:

    I know what you mean…the inactive blogs should be taken off the list. I cannot imagine this is too difficult. There must be some weird google glitch or link that keeps bringing them up and counting it as a hit is all I can figure. I just saw one blog above me who hasn’t posted in 2 weeks. In that case, I just try not to pay it any mind because it is kind of odd. I use my own stat counter and can see how many hits I get from day to day so I just look at that to see how it is going.

    Jenn
    http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

  4. barbward says:

    Hmm? I didn’t know any of these things. So far, you’re the only person who has commented on my blog. I write for my own entertainment and therapy but I’d surely like to know if anyone else is reading my blog. I’ll have to check it out. Anyway, thanks for commenting on my blog. I appreciate it.
    Barb at :htttp:// barbward.mlblog.com

  5. heartruss says:

    I check out your blog everytime I do look at the MLBlogs. Yours is one that is worth reading. I haven’t been able to post for a while. Too many family and work issues.
    http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

  6. the_phanatic_addict says:

    I totally agree! I check your blog, and all the other guys that write about the Phillies pretty regularly. I will make sure I start to leave comments more in the future. I don’t quite understand how the list is calculated either since I have over 15,000 hits this year and have never made the list. My problem is that nobody actually comments on my page. Thanks for checking out my blog! I appreciate it.

  7. the_phanatic_addict says:

    I totally agree! I check your blog, and all the other guys that write about the Phillies pretty regularly. I will make sure I start to leave comments more in the future. I don’t quite understand how the list is calculated either since I have over 15,000 hits this year and have never made the list. My problem is that nobody actually comments on my page. Thanks for checking out my blog! I appreciate it.

    This is mine by the way…

    http://phanaticaddict.mlblogs.com/

  8. crzblue2 says:

    Peter,
    You bring up valid points. I took at look at two of the blogs you mentioned without much activity. I don’t know, it could be a google search like Jenn mentioned or else a link pointing to another? I don’t know…
    Congrats on Koufax’s number!
    so is that you in that pic?
    Emma
    http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

  9. devilabrit says:

    Barb – I sincerely hope we all do it for our entertainment and fun, I’m sorry no one else has taken the time to comment on your blog.. maybe they will soon…

    Jane – you got that right, until it stops being fun…

    Jenn – I know my blog gets hit from google image search on and off, so who knows…

    Cat – I am glad your sister is back home and she is on the road to recovery….

    Phanatic Adict – Not sure I don’t think it has anything to do with comments though, my hits are unique hits is all i know, so if you’ve got 15,000 maybe you should be on the list….

    Emma – Guilty as charged, it’s me way back in 1977, a mere 19 years old…. now I feel really old… LOL

    -peter

  10. ohy22xd says:

    Peter,
    This post is so dead on. You really nailed it. It’s hard to believe that some bloggers who blog consistently are not seen on the latest list. This happened to me when the list came out for the entire year of 2009. So really, people who wrote one or two entries in several months should be eliminated ASAP. Congrats on your ranking for the month of May.
    http://hyunyoung.mlblogs.com

  11. bklyntrolleyblogger says:

    I’m still too busy laughing my ars off to leave a comment.!!! You hit the bullseye and split the arrow! Outstanding my friend. I thought some of those blogs were pretty ponderous myself. : D
    mike BTB

  12. redstatebluestate says:

    I can get ya some MORE wine if ya want 😉 I’m just playing (though I do like me some wine). I think the main thing is that we have fun, no matter where we are on the list. I have a lot of fun doing this… this is like my toastmasters club. I like the company. You included!
    –Jeff
    http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
    http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

  13. thomasox says:

    Peter,
    This is a terrific entry. No whining at all, in my opinion, since the same questions were bubbling in my head. I wasn’t going to say anything about the inactive(retired?) blogs, since I am a rookie.
    Good stuff and good writing. (And I promise I am not saying this to get you to visit my blog. . .:)) I’ll be at the Phillies game Tuesday–looking forward to it.
    Michael
    http://thomasox.mlblogs.com/
    PS. Most cheeses are best with white wine, since the kind of cheese I like tends to overwhelm the fruit in a red, whereas the acidity in a white wine stays true, no matter how smelly the cheese. This goes against common assumptions. (Sorry, I couldn’t help it–my three loves include Baseball, Literature, and Wine.)

  14. devilabrit says:

    HY – I’m glad you agree

    Mike – Happy to make you laugh….

    Jeff – That almost sound like a Captain Morgan moment, or a beer bottle *****, just as long as it wasn’t a eeeeeew hug man hug moment, that’d be gay!! LOL

    thomas – Tuesday night at CBP, you make me jealous… you’ll miss the foam finger and dollar dogs, I think there Sunday and Monday… and as for the cheese and wine… everyone to there own, for me there is nothing like an English Cheddar with a Spanish Red, the cheese to clog your arteries and the Red to clean them out, unfortunately white doesn’t have that effect, and the Spanish Red is the only one that doesn’t leave the headache after burn….

    -peter


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