Thursday, April 26, 2007

JIB Stats

Even if I combine the five most largest vote counts in any category (which means that I am assuming that when a person votes, he does so for several categories), we are talking about less than 2000 people involved.

Is this the 'great, big world of JBlogging' out there?

Any ideas?

7 comments:

rod said...

too many catergories... they need some kind of screening committee before starting. individual blogs apopearing too many times.

I haven't found a list that lists each nominated blog only once over all. I get completely lost trying to vote because of some missing forward links on the ballots. It's hard to keep track of where you are when you keep going back to the index.

David said...

Yisrael,

Interesting post.

My own sense is that this year's JIB awards includes only a few dozen competing blogs, if that, and no more than 300-400 voters in total, many of which are being brought in by the Dry Bones blog.

Based on the small numbers, the votes seem to be mostly from the bloggers themselves rather than from a real audience, and the actual number of voters cannot be reliably determined after the massive vote rigging and hacking of the site.

Overall, the 2007 JIBs are a self-awarding platform for a very small number of blogs. These blogs share a very small number of readers, with a very large amount of overlap.

In other words, the same 100-200 readers and bloggers visit each other's blogs on most days.

If you have 3 Jblogs each with 100 visitors a day, it's more than likely that 80 of those visitors are the same people.

This is one of the reasons why this year's JIBs has failed to expose JBlogs to a wider audience. There simply is no wider audience with interest in the JIBs without external publicity.

The only thing that this year's JIBs has done on a large scale is spread tremendous animosity among the already small JBlogosphere. The scale of its failure is very much larger than its significance, and it turned into a mark of shame instead of something to be proud of.

The good news is that there is a lot of growth in the number of Jewish and Israeli blogs, as can be seen on aggregators like jrants, jewishblogging, and JBlog Central. I wouldn’t recommend that anyone view the 2007 JIBs as a true measure of the JBlogosphere.

YMedad said...

Well, since my pupose in blogging is to introduce people to "out of the box" thinking and highlighting little know facts with some wry observations to advance my concerns for Israel, the Jewish people, etc., indeed, it would appear that the numbers are disappointing in that there's no real "power" out there. Power to interfere in political campaigns, protests, etc.

David said...

From that point of view, blogs like yours are much more effective in communicating their message through aggregators, which usually reach a much wider audience.

The JIBs, while a nice idea theoretically, failed miserably this year to strengthen the JBlogosphere or to grow anyone's audience.

I'm disappointed, too.

But keep up the good work. Your blog is very important and I will do my best to increase its reach.

YMedad said...

(sheepishly) what do you mean by 'aggregators'? is that like geometric progression or what?

Anonymous said...

The only thing that this year's JIBs has done on a large scale is spread tremendous animosity among the already small JBlogosphere. The scale of its failure is very much larger than its significance, and it turned into a mark of shame instead of something to be proud of.

Sounds like a perfect assessment the attempt you made to hijack the JIBs and turn them into your own deal.

From that point of view, blogs like yours are much more effective in communicating their message through aggregators, which usually reach a much wider audience.

Self serving commentary is not impressive nor is it accurate. Instead of rooting for the JIBs to fail you could promote them.

muse said...

That's why I've been posting about the importance of linking and carnivals rather than contests.
http://me-ander.blogspot.com/2007/04/i-prefer-visiting-not-contests.html