We’re trying to keep the hit counter functional while we figure out a better solution. For more information, visit The Reference Librarian’s Blog.
Posted by Steve Caruso on December 6, 2012
We’re trying to keep the hit counter functional while we figure out a better solution. For more information, visit The Reference Librarian’s Blog.
Posted by Steve Caruso on November 30, 2012
I’m getting back on the horse with this…
New, awesome stuff is coming in the Biblioblogging world.
The Biblioblog Reference Library is going through another revision and I am *finally* (yes I know you’ll believe it when you see it) releasing user accounts to the public. Hopefully, too, this will speed things up dramatically.
The Archives currently hold over 10 GIGABYTES of archived blog data, articles, and comments. In short, Biblioblogging is prolific.
More updates are forthcoming.
Now, on with the stats:
Courtesy of The Biblioblog Reference Library:
All Hail James McGrath as this month’s #1 Biblioblogger!
|1||135563||Exploring Our Matrix||134029||1534|
|4||23036||TILL HE COMES||22741||295|
|6||18752||Ancient Hebrew Poetry||18717||35|
|9||17419||XKV8R: The Official Blog of Dr. Robert R. Cargill||17250||169|
|10||16939||Remnant of Giants||16808||131|
|11||12569||Aantekeningen bij de Bijbel||12328||241|
|15||8289||The Naked Bible||8168||121|
|18||5836||The Musings of Thomas Verenna||5659||177|
|20||4915||A ‘Goula Blogger||4778||137|
|24||3520||The Aramaic Blog||3240||280|
|26||2919||καὶ τὰ λοιπά||2865||54|
|28||2299||Ketuvim: the Writings of James R. Getz Jr.||2274||25|
|30||2191||Participatory Bible Study Blog||2119||72|
|35||1296||5 Minute Bible||1233||63|
|36||1201||The Biblioblog Top 50||1157||44|
|37||835||Aristotle’s Feminist Subject||637||198|
|38||744||Polumeros kai Polutropos||697||47|
|40||597||Ιστολόγιο βιβλικών σπουδών / Biblical Studies Blog||0||597|
|43||409||James’ Thoughts and Musings||0||409|
|45||376||The Forbidden Gospels||0||376|
|47||288||Bible Films Blog||0||288|
|50||210||Evangelical Textual Criticism||0||210|
Check it out.
Posted by Steve Caruso on October 17, 2012
JK Gayle is accepting the submissions, so get in contact if you’d like to participate.
More Biblioblog-related stuff is also on the way I’m going to be picking the Biblioblog Top 50 back up with a bunch of fun stuff over at The Biblioblog Reference Library. So watch this space. :-) Life has been busy busy busy.
Posted by Steve Caruso on December 2, 2011
Yep, this month it’s a day late. I’m moving! Things are crazy. :-)
Without further ado:
|1||135753||Jesus Creed (Fix your counter! :-) )||134872||881|
|3||41909||TILL HE COMES||41688||221|
|6||20964||Ancient Hebrew Poetry||20879||85|
|8||15544||Better Bibles Blog||15454||90|
|9||11030||Aantekeningen bij de Bijbel||10725||305|
|10||10847||Remnant of Giants||10663||184|
|13||9202||XKV8R: The Official Blog of Dr. Robert R. Cargill||9087||115|
|18||5490||Participatory Bible Study Blog||5436||54|
|19||5477||καὶ τὰ λοιπά||5406||71|
|22||4399||The Aramaic Blog||4116||283|
|26||3978||Dr. Claude Mariottini – Professor of Old Testament||3847||131|
|28||3734||A ‘Goula Blogger||3637||97|
|30||3437||Exploring Our Matrix||2529||908|
|32||3010||The Musings of Thomas Verenna||2844||166|
|34||2423||Ketuvim: the Writings of James R. Getz Jr.||2385||38|
|35||2178||Aristotle’s Feminist Subject||1468||710|
|37||1987||5 Minute Bible||1762||225|
|38||1984||The Biblioblog Top 50||1905||79|
|39||1492||Ιστολόγιο βιβλικών σπουδών / Biblical Studies Blog||0||1492|
|41||1453||Polumeros kai Polutropos||1407||46|
|45||863||Bible Films Blog||0||863|
|47||789||The Forbidden Gospels||0||789|
|50||381||Daniel O. McClellan||0||381|
This Month’s Biblical Studies Carnival
Over on Remnant of Giants, Deane has hosted the Biblical Studies Carnival 69 (November 2011). Check it out!
New Carnival Cycle and Organizer
More Anouncements After The Move! — Hopefully by Christmas– hopefully…
Posted by Steve Caruso on November 1, 2011
Sorry it’s a bit late, but here they are:
Jesus Creed has taken a very firm lead with nearly 200,000 article reads!
|2||97829||TILL HE COMES||97536||293|
|4||50534||Exploring Our Matrix||49086||1448|
|7||19216||Ancient Hebrew Poetry||19042||174|
|9||14578||Better Bibles Blog||14410||168|
|10||10434||Aantekeningen bij de Bijbel||10009||425|
|12||9179||XKV8R: The Official Blog of Dr. Robert R. Cargill||8963||216|
|15||8122||Remnant of Giants||7822||300|
|19||6471||Dr. Claude Mariottini – Professor of Old Testament||6175||296|
|21||5026||Participatory Bible Study Blog||4910||116|
|22||4632||καὶ τὰ λοιπά||4513||119|
|25||4324||The Aramaic Blog||3861||463|
|28||3656||The Musings of Thomas Verenna||3341||315|
|30||3225||A ‘Goula Blogger||3063||162|
|32||2980||Ιστολόγιο βιβλικών σπουδών / Biblical Studies Blog||0||2980|
|33||2821||Aristotle’s Feminist Subject||1521||1300|
|35||2328||5 Minute Bible||1944||384|
|38||1788||Ketuvim: the Writings of James R. Getz Jr.||1729||59|
|39||1762||The Biblioblog Top 50||1622||140|
|42||1573||Bible Films Blog||0||1573|
|43||1372||The Forbidden Gospels||0||1372|
|45||1117||Polumeros kai Polutropos||1002||115|
|49||589||Daniel O. McClellan||0||589|
|50||542||James’ Thoughts and Musings||0||542|
1) If You Have a Biblioblogging Announcement
As the title says — a sort of announcement-announcement — if you have a Biblioblogging-related announcement and would like it to go out on the month’s Biblioblog Rankings, please email in and (provided it isn’t anything that would make all of us blush) I will include it.
2) More Statistics — As you watch!
The stats system is now completely moved over to the new database and it’s much speedier than before. You can check out the stats in real time (i.e. watch the hits happen) by visiting the following pages:
In the past month, nearly 850 thousand article reads have been recorded. Next month I would not be surprised if this broke 1 million.
3) Call For Submissions: The Biblioblog Reference Library Press
A goal has been set for 10 publications to start the Press off with. So far it looks like we have about 2 or 3 lined up. If you have an idea for a book related to Biblical Studies and have a blog on the List that demonstrates strong knowledge in that area, email in with a prospectus for consideration.
The main focus of the Press is in cross-disciplinary studies and teaching materials, but all ideas (with the exception at this time of fiction, inspirational works, devotionals, or commentaries) are currently being considered.
4) User Accounts on the Library
I know that a large number of you are waiting for the new user accounts to open to the public… but we still have a few more bugs to squash. The test team (about 30 users) is still encountering a few odd errors, but with luck they will be solved by next month, and we can open up user accounts before Christmas.
5) Library-Related Inquiries: A Bit Behind
I am — for lack of a better way to put it — behind with email correspondence. The past month has been very challenging due to some major family transitions, and now to top things off: We’re moving! Hopefully by Christmas the Caruso clan will be moved in to a bigger, nicer apartment just down the street. So please be assured that yes, I am getting your emails; however, responding to them is a bit slow with all of the planning and packing arrangements. :-)
With all of that said: Until next month!
Posted by Steve Caruso on October 29, 2011
Tom Verenna’s first shot at compiling a Biblical Studies Carnival is now up for all to see a bit early:
Lots of good articles in this one. :-)
This month’s rankings will be posted some time on Tuesday.
Posted by Steve Caruso on October 1, 2011
Sorry for not getting this up sooner everyone. With my eldest daughter sick and my grandmother in the hospital, today has gotten away from me a bit. However, now that I have a bit of time to breathe I would like to announce:
This month we have a new #1! Congratulations to Jesus Creed with a whopping ~110k+ views!
|3||44264||Exploring Our Matrix||42873||1391|
|7||21422||Ancient Hebrew Poetry||21211||211|
|9||15856||Better Bibles Blog||15729||127|
|14||8553||Aantekeningen bij de Bijbel||8120||433|
|15||8495||XKV8R: The Official Blog of Dr. Robert R. Cargill||8311||184|
|16||7897||Remnant of Giants||7613||284|
|19||5858||The Aramaic Blog||5427||431|
|20||5835||Dr. Claude Mariottini – Professor of Old Testament||5542||293|
|22||5122||Participatory Bible Study Blog||4987||135|
|27||3316||Aristotle’s Feminist Subject||2149||1167|
|28||3312||The Musings of Thomas Verenna||3071||241|
|29||3286||A ‘Goula Blogger||3076||210|
|31||2846||Ιστολόγιο βιβλικών σπουδών / Biblical Studies Blog||0||2846|
|33||2334||The Biblioblog Top 50||2229||105|
|34||1938||Ketuvim: the Writings of James R. Getz Jr.||1850||88|
|38||1492||5 Minute Bible||1105||387|
|40||1328||Bible Films Blog||0||1328|
|41||1201||Polumeros kai Polutropos||1116||85|
|43||1052||The Forbidden Gospels||0||1052|
|45||602||Daniel O. McClellan||0||602|
|46||570||James’ Thoughts and Musings||0||570|
|48||440||The Biblioblog Reference Librarian’s Desk||299||141|
|49||407||The Poetry of Christ||268||139|
I’m glad to see that Biblioblogs are getting such a wide readership.
This Month’s Biblioblog Carnival
The first part (looks like James has started a trend) of the September 2011 Biblioblog Carnival is up over on Scotteriology, so be sure to check it out.
The Biblioblog Reference Library Announcements
This month there are four announcements about the Library:
1) Beta 3 is up – If you haven’t seen the new look yet, I recommend that you check it out. I’ve been told it’s a lot more “gawker-like” which I think is a compliment. :-)
2) A new section about the Jordan Codices has been released – They hit the press back near Easter time and since then, an informal group of Bibliobloggers has shown what distributed review is capable of.
3) In the next week (fingers crossed) user accounts on the Library will be out of testing and open to the public. – What does this mean? Lots of neat things. With a user account, you’ll be able to add new blogs to the list, “claim” blog that are already on it and have some control about how they display, save “portals” or dedicated search feeds which you can share with others, as well as build a public academic profile that you can attach to your blog, your posts, and your comments.
4) The hit counter will go down some time in the next few days and all hits reset to zero as I implement a new hit counting database. – There is so much data (nearly 1 GB dedicated to hits alone) that the old database method is no longer feasible. I’m migrating it to a more robust system that will also (hopefully) fix some problems people have been having with blogs that have multiple URLs.
Until next month!
Posted by Steve Caruso on July 9, 2011
So, not only does the tracker keep in mind how many hits each blog gets, but it also can figure out who’s reading what at what times:
If you haven’t installed the tracking code yet, I strongly suggest you do. :-)
Everyone who was on the original Biblioblogs list is now in the new database and can use the tracker, and once I slog through the Related Blogs I’ll be opening up similar lists and rankings for them as well.
Also, if you have any ideas, toss them in my direction.
Posted by Steve Caruso on July 5, 2011
The archived QR code.
The new Biblioblog ranking tracker is up and available to try out here:
If your blog hasn’t been re-added to the recategorized list yet and you want to try out the tracker, drop me an email and I’ll make sure you get on it quicker.
Posted by Steve Caruso on July 1, 2011
An Open Letter to Jim, Joel, Rod all other Bibliobloggers pertaining to the Biblioblog Reference Library,
Today I have been made aware of a number of concerns pertaining to the Biblioblog Reference Library. Most of them I feel are either simple misunderstandings or things that are changing in the next week when the Library goes into “Beta 2″; however, please allow me to take a moment to address each of the major concerns in turn.
I started the Biblioblog Reference Library in April of this year as a good faith effort to try and pull together people who publicly share their thoughts and research in Biblical Studies and allow readers to discover new or common interests and take part in the greater Biblioblogging community. It was originally built upon a WordPress install using a combination of plugins (both public and custom), and received a large amount of praise from all over the Biblioblogosphere (and off it) due to the ability to read through Biblical Studies blogs all in one place. This was a project meant to make things easier for people, and link conversations together to tackle emerging issues and encourage dialog, and that has been the entire thrust of the project from its conception to the present.
That the Library is “hijacking content” or “violating copyright” is a simple misunderstanding.
Under the law, feeds and other public webpages are subject to an Implied License under Fair Use Doctrine that allows for their archival and indexing in good faith. This is how nearly every search engine (Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.) and archival system (such as Archive.org) can operate freely without having to obtain permissions for each and every file they scan and index. Problems with illegality tend to crop up when issues such as plagiarism (not citing sources), trademark/dress infringement (impersonating another website or company), or unscrupulous commercial interests (such as “site scraping”; tailoring scraped content to influence Google rankings) come into play, all of which I’m trying to staunchly avoid.
One element of keeping the Implied License in Good Faith is to have some means for owners of content to opt out and have their contributions either hidden or removed entirely. This means was explicitly stated on the “Contact the Librarian” page, and since April, I have received a grand total of 3 requests (including Jim’s) to have blogs removed from the system. This is in contrast to nearly 20 requests for additions that are still pending in queue during the transition.
Let me be unambiguously clear: If I thought that this endeavor was a flagrant violation of copyrights or was illegal, I would have never undertaken it in the first place.
The Library “Takes Away Hits”
This is also another partial misunderstanding, partial change that is soon to take place. The net effect on hits for nearly 90% of all blogs listed has been small, but positive. To explain:
Content from blogs on the Library is displayed in three places:
It is correct that any data listed on the Main Page and in the Search Results view will not directly generate a “hit” to its parent site unless a reader clicks through. In Beta 2 the main page view only displays snippets, not full articles and will hi-light search terms in context. The reason this was not the case in the first Beta is that WordPress’ summary function was clunky and tended to slow things down. This is no longer a problem with the new software, which I have complete control over.
There will also be a means for authors to change the size of the snippets to suit their preferences, where the default length (for both posts *and* comments) will be roughly 200 words.
On the individual page view, no content that is displayed (other than the navigation bar) is from the Reference Library servers. The content is loaded directly from the author’s site to the user’s browser via an iframe, which not only generates a “hit”, but also registers with Alexa, Google, and other search services as an incoming link, thereby *boosting* page rankings.
As of late, roughly 75% of all traffic is in Individual Page mode (with the monthly exception of what seems to be a single individual reading through the entire month’s feeds in search view, right before the monthly Carnival is published ;-) ).
In short: No stolen traffic there, and there’s an incoming link benefit.
If you have a system like Google Analytics, you can even track the traffic coming in from the Library, as it is listed as the referring address.
Where Things Go From Here
Now, in Beta 2 the navigation bar has been completely redone so that there is a more obvious means to remove it and go directly to the page in question, as well as direct access to the archived copies stored on the Reference Library server (think: exactly like Archive.org).
The archives and all query pages except the main page are all marked no-index, so the archived copies or snippets displayed on Library search results will not show up on search engines.
In the next week’s time, the old Beta is going to be depreciated and completely taken down and the Library is moving to a new web address with the brand new software. Where I was hoping to unveil it in its completion, I suppose that now might be the time to get everyone’s input and see if any criticisms are inadequately addressed.
The new site is:
Even though this is not “officially” released and is very much incomplete, please (no, seriously *please*) tell me what you think and what can be done to make this something everyone can enjoy.
Biblioblogging is a group effort and I don’t want that to change anytime soon, which is why I formally request anyone who is contemplating removing their blog (or Jim, who already has) to reconsider.
-Steve Caruso, MLIS
a.k.a. “The Reference Librarian”