I am just starting to take a few baby steps back into the blogging world after my Christmas/New Year “break” … and have found 100s of new links to Servant of Chaos and many of my favourite blogs. The Z-list appears to be running rampant and unrestrained, mutating at every turn (nice work Sandy), leaping from a marketing-oriented meme to a more generic, self populating and self propagating virus.
One of the most interesting things has been the rapid rise of the Technorati rankings of most of the blogs on the Z-list — with those involved early gaining the most. Servant of Chaos, for example, had a ranking of somewhere around 40,000, but is now sitting <10,000 — and while traffic has increased a little, it is has not had a dramatic improvement. BUT as you would know if you are a regular reader, there have been very FEW posts here over the last couple of weeks, and the percentage of new visitors is up. Will these new visitors become regulars? Will they comment and engage with the posts? It is all too early to tell. But what is certain is that Mack Collier’s clever experiment is causing havoc with the rankings.
Douglas Karr has a very pretty version of the Z-list here … and also shares 100 things that he has learned during 2006. It is some list. I have ONE … but at this point it feels the most powerful and overriding … The Power of Community to create change can never be underestimated — I am thinking that this will remain an underlying theme here for the rest of 2007.
Oh, and there is a SECOND … you don’t need to meet face to face to create firm and strong friendships. Thanks particularly to Cam, for creating the FOGROLL and to each and every one of you on it. I am truly blessed to be able to call you all friends.
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