Biblioblog Rankings (by The Biblioblog Library) – July 2011
Posted by Steve Caruso on August 2, 2011
It’s that time of the month again, but with a new twist!
Using the new tracking system, at The Biblioblog Reference Library to keep count of over 350,000 page views, here are this month’s rankings.
Top 50 Biblioblogs:
If you don’t see a little green check next to your blog’s name, that means you don’t have the tracker installed. If there’s a little red X next to your blog’s name, that means that you *had* the tracker installed, but it is now not working for some reason (so best check up on it!).
The rankings for the Top 50 are based on hits from the tracker widget, as well as the number of Library referrals (i.e. traffic generated from the Library).
On the live rankings page at the Library, these are also broken down by category.
(Jim! Put your tracker back on and give John something to worry about! :-) )
Also, please get the word out to all of those who have blogs on the Top 50 List, but do not have the tracker installed!
Top 10 Articles:
This is a bit of an experiment (and you can see why — in terms of relevance — once you skim the list). These are the Top 10 articles for the past month based upon individual article page views.
On the Library Top 10 Articles page, these are (like the Top 50) also listed by category.
In the next version of the script, I’m going to try and have a relevance filter pull out posts that are over two months old (so we’re dealing with *recent* posts), as well as some which simply don’t belong in “Biblical Studies.”
Top 10 Authors:
Yet another interesting metric is to see which individual authors are the most read amongst the blogs.
Unfortunately, the Top 10 Authors script is buggy at the moment, so once I track down the problem and squash it, I’ll have it posted here.
Additions to the Complete List of Blogs — Soon!
There are about 30 blogs that I have yet to look over and categorize on top of the ~300 Related Blogs from the original lists. They’re all pending while I work on:
Next Version of the Library
I’m getting ready to release the next version of the Library’s interface that is portal-driven and you can check that out here.
The category system and draft of inclusion criteria are going to be replaced by a new self-categorizing questionnaire that will add all sorts of useful metadata to search by as well as allow for new portals like “Women’s Blogs,” “SBL Members,” “Bibliobloggers Who Are Interested in Paleo-Hebrew Who Live On The West Coast” etc. etc.
With the new account system, you’ll also be able to “claim” and manage your blog and author profiles as well as determine which portals you view on your homepage.
There will also be topic tracking, which will assemble a list of “What People Are Talking About” based upon what links they’re sharing in conjunction with what tags they use.
All of these tools will help users find blogs and articles that are interesting to them, that they would otherwise not know existed.
A Plea From The Librarian:
Three words: “Shared hosting stinks.”
The Biblioblog Reference Library is really starting to push the upper limits of the shared hosting plan it’s currently running on, which has revealed itself with some serious slowdowns here and there. I’m currently using every trick in the book I know to boost performance, but when you’re sharing a host with God-knows-how-many other people who are running scripts that hog system resources… Well there is no control.
What’s worse is that at this point in time, I cannot afford to upgrade to something better.
So here’s the thing: I’m looking for either (a) someone at a qualifying institution that would be interested in writing a grant proposal with me that would fund the expansion of the Library and/or (b) individuals who think that the Library is important enough to chip in some funds to get a dedicated server.
To help with this, I’ve drawn up a basic budget for “minimum” and “ideal” configurations for the Library, which can be found here.
I’d love to hear any suggestions as well.
“But There’s One More Thing…”
Two things, actually.
1) I want to get some discussion going about starting an actual, peer-reviewed Biblioblog journal. I know that there has been a lot of talk about this in the past, but nothing has really come of it. Now, given the demonstrated wealth of information that the Biblioblogosphere has shown, I think is the time to seriously consider what’s possible and how we can highlight, showcase and reward genuinely good work.
I’m already putting into place within the Library a means for individuals to submit articles for consideration by simply tagging them with a specific keyword. Once that keyword is in the post’s tags, the system will automatically grab the post and get it ready for a peer review process. What that entails and what interface will be necessary I am still working on. Which brings me to:
2) I want to assemble a battery of experts in the Biblioiblogging community grouped by expertise who are willing to volunteer time to review articles, answer questions, and talk with the press. In the past few months, I’ve been steadily compiling a group of press contacts for major news outlets and putting together a system to distribute press releases on emergent issues within Biblical Studies. My hope is to have a mechanism in place to mitigate the kind of mistaken coverage that happened during the Lead Codices debacle, and point the press towards reliable sources.
Once the new account system to the next version of the Library is finished, any interested individuals can apply to be part of the battery directly from their profiles, but in the meantime, I want everyone’s thoughts.