Monday, October 22, 2007

Judging Blogging Success

"What Is a 'Successful' Blog?" asks the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Is a blog successful if it gets a lot of page views? And, using the same logic, is it a failure if only a handful of people actually read it?
That’s what Another Damned Medievalist, who has been blogging for more than five years (an eternity in Internet time), asked recently. By all means add a few hits to ADM’s counter by clicking through.
Judging the success of a blog by its page views is sort of like rating a movie by its box-office tallies, a TV show by its Neilsen ratings, or a book by its place on the best-seller list.
By that standard, the best movie in the country is “30 Days of Night,” the best TV show is “Dancing With the Stars,” and the best novel is World Without End, by Ken Follett.
Makes me wonder if I should regret the recent uptick in traffic....